Category: Natural Resources

Reduce Environmental Impacts with Sustainable Landscaping

Florida native Coontie

You may be familiar with Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM (FFL), but have you heard the term Sustainable Landscaping? Sustainable Landscaping is a new class being offered in the FFL program at UF/IFAS Extension Orange County. Sustainability is defined by the Oxford… Read More

Orange County Adopt-A-Tree Program

magnolias for tree giveaway

Trees are so cool! Not only do they provide shade and oxygen but many other benefits as well. From reducing energy use and improving water management to providing wildlife habitats and improved well-being for humans, trees are an… Read More

4-H Youth Learn Life Skills Through Competitive Projects

4H youth at archery practice

Currently in Orange County 4-H, our youth participate in a variety of  competitive events, such as horse hippology, judging and quiz bowl, livestock and meats judging, horticulture ID, archery and this coming year, sport fishing will be added for those kids that like the… Read More

Conserve Water with High-Efficiency Rotary Irrigation Nozzles

Rotator nozzle

The landscape irrigation system is one of the largest water-using appliances. This may account for up to 50% of a home’s water use. The efficiency of the home irrigation system is often overlooked. Consequentially, is has potential to… Read More

Consider 4-H Summer Camps

Summer Plans for the Kids This is the time of the year when kids dream of summer vacation and fun! Meanwhile, parents are looking for ways to keep their children engaged  and minimize screen time. UF/IFAS Orange County 4-H can provide both… Read More

What to Plant Now – Cool Season Veggies

Cool Season Vegetables

It’s hot out. Sweltering. Rainy. But it’s also time to plan for cooler temperatures and relief from the daily downpour. It’s time to plan the fall garden. In Florida, we have two vegetable planting seasons. The warm weather… Read More

Orange County’s Fertilizer Ordinance – Summer Reminders

guy spreading fertilizer

Fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus may not be applied in Orange County from June 1 through September 30, unless the commercial applicator is GI-BMP certified or has the Limited Commercial Fertilizer Applicator license. Commercial applicators must have a… Read More

4-H Summer Camp: A Time for Youth to Grow

4-H youth at campfire

The Benefits of 4-H Summer Camp There is nothing that compares to the life-skill building and memory-making experiences associated with attending 4-H summer camp. According to a study by the American Camp Association (National Collaboration for Youth, 2011),… Read More