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
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
About two months ago wild mushrooms started popping up all over our back yard.
We have lived in this house for 22 years and have never seen them before this year. The yard is BIG - about 3/4 acre. The problem is we got a puppy in ... READ MORE
A tree of a different color
In Central Florida, we are in Zone 9b, which leaves us out of the range for a lot of flowering trees like those from the rosaceae family (i.e., flowering pears and cherries) and dogwoods used in most of the Eastern ... READ MORE
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
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
Have you ever fallen in love with a flower?
I fell in love with zinnias about 6 years ago when I first realized this stunning flower could grow quite well in Florida. The blossoms beckon butterflies and the colors make for perfect cut flower ... READ MORE
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
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
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