Free UF/IFAS Extension webinars for South Florida landscapes address challenges, offer tips

Living in South Florida has its perks and pitfalls. With beautiful beaches and plenty to do all year long, the same region experiences some of the most extreme subtropical weather conditions that take a toll on turf.  

 The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension offices in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties are offering a free webinar series called “Landscapes: They Are a Changing…and We Are the Change!” 

Held biweekly on Wednesdays thru June 22, each 60-minute webinar is hosted by a UF/IFAS expert who addresses a present or future challenge facing urban landscapes, from ways to get the most out of your soil to becoming a Florida-Friendly Landscape certified professional. Experts offer insights and trends for property owners, landscapers and public park administrators to tackle issues in their landscapes. Continuing education credits are available for $10 per session.  

Some of the elements in the landscape are non-native ornamentals and invasives. UF/IFAS photo: Tyler Jones.

Upcoming webinars include: 

  • April 27, noon – 1 p.m.: Treat Your Dirt Well: Why “Organic” Matters  

Speaker: Eban Bean, UF/IFAS assistant professor, department of agricultural and biological engineering, will address how to get the most out of Florida soils that are poor in nutrients and how to foster plant health.  

  • May 11, noon – 1p.m.: Landscape Designs for a Healthier Planet 

Speaker: Basil Iannone, assistant professor, School of Forests, Fisheries and Geomatic Sciences  

Iannone will provide insights on how urban landscapes are interconnected with the larger surrounding environment. He will provide design principles and management practices to consider with an eye on sustainability.   

  • May 25, noon – 1p.m.: Grow Your Business: Become a Florida-Friendly Certified Professional  

Claire Lewis, statewide coordinator for Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM (FFL), will showcase how science-based ecological and efficient landscaping practices can minimize pollution and benefit the environment while maintaining aesthetics.  

  • June 8, noon – 1p.m.: Landscape Renovations – Beyond the Box  
A look at landscaped yards and homes in South Florida. UF/IFAS Photo: Tyler Jones.

Gail Hansen, UF/IFAS assistant professor, environmental horticulture, will provide  the latest innovative ideas to retire an old landscape look and diversify your plant palette while inviting nature back.   

  • June 22, noon – 1p.m.: Managing Trees in a Changing Climate  – Beyond the Box  

Speakers Michael Orfanedes, Henry Mayer and John Roberts are UF/IFAS Extension agents for Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, respectively. With redevelopment pressures and climate changes taking their toll on landscapes and trees, this presentation will highlight considerations for improving the outlook for urban tree canopy health and longevity. Learn which tree species are best for urban spaces, how to prune for wind tolerance, and insights on managing pests and diseases.   

To register, use this link:  

For more information, contact Donna Castro, UF/IFAS Extension Broward educational training specialist,  


The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS brings science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents.  @UF_IFAS 



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Posted: April 25, 2022

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Florida-friendly Landscaping, News, UF IFAS Extension Broward, UF IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center, UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County, UF/IFAS Extension Palm Beach

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