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Compact Soil Can Spoil a Pretty Landscape Plan

October 6, 2020

Compact soils can lead to a variety of problems in the landscape. While it is difficult to visually see how compact soil reduces air spaces and impacts nutrient cycling, issues of poor drainage and failure to establish are obvious. Urban soils ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Cflandscapes, Compact Soil, Compaction, Hard Soil, Hwooten, Landscape, New Construction, Soil, Urban, Urban Landscape, Urban Soil
Brown fallen leaf

Tree-cycle: Recycle your Fall Leaves

September 23, 2020

Let the leaves be! If you have a tree in your landscape, tree-cycle your leaves as mulch or compost. This Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ practice will reduce the amount of waste that you generate while providing benefits to your landscape. ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Central Florida Tree Species, Compost, Fertilizer, Florida Friendly, Leaf, Mulch, Nutrient Cycling, Ocextension, Orange County, Recycle, Tia Silvasy, Trees, Volcano Mulch

Water Wednesday Recap – Make Your Backyard a Wet Oasis for Wildlife

September 1, 2020

As our state continues to grow, wildlife is experiencing habitat loss due to development. In Florida, urban areas are a dominant feature in the landscape, and many of these urban areas are situated near natural wildlife preserves. What people ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Lawn, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Backyard Wildlife, Florida Water, Krista Stump, Water Wednesday, Yilin Zhuang

Chinch Bug Monitoring

August 31, 2020

If you enjoy a dense green St. Augustinegrass lawn, then you absolutely hate chinch bugs. They are the biggest pest of St. Augstinegrass lawns! Chinch bugs are very small insects that live in your turf that have a straw for a mouth, and they ... READ MORE

Category: Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Cflandscapes, Chinch Bugs, Dead Grass, Dying Grass, Grass, Grass Issues, Grass Pests, Hwooten, Integrated Pest Management, IPM, Lawn, Lawn Pests, Lawns, Pest Id, St. Augustine, St. Augustinegrass, Turf Ipm
Pepper seed saving

Seed Saving Basics

August 28, 2020

Seed Saving 101 If you plan to start saving seeds, it’s best to choose open-pollinated (heirloom vegetable) varieties so the new plant will have characteristics similar to the parent plant. It is not recommended to save seeds from hybrid ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Bean, Cross-pollinated, Food, Fruits And Vegetables, Horticulture, Lettuce, Ocextension, Orange County, Papaya, Seed, Seed Saving, Self-pollinated, Seminole Pumpkin, Tomato, Vegetable Gardening, Video

Water Wednesday Recap – Water Gone Virtual

August 24, 2020

Do you know how much water you use on a daily basis? Have you heard of virtual water? Did you know that water is used to create nearly every product out there, including our food? Last Water Wednesday, we invited the Sustainable Ag and Food ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Lawn, Water
Tags: Florida Water, Morgan Pinkerton, MREC, Tina McIntyre, UF IFAS Extension Water Agents, UF/IFAS Extension, Virtual Water, Water Conservation, Water Footprint, Water Wednesday, Yilin Zhuang
cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

New Vegetable Gardener — Square Foot Gardening

August 24, 2020

You want to have a vegetable garden but the back yard is too small or there is no back yard and very limited space elsewhere in the landscape. What can you do? Maybe consider installing a Square Foot Garden. All you need is space for a 4’ ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Work & Life
Tags: Fruits And Vegetables, Garden, Gardening, Healthy Living, Landscape Management, New Vegetable Gardener, Ocextension, Square Foot Gardening, Vegetable, Vegetable Gardening, Vegetables, Water Conservation

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