Migratory Birds in Florida
Saturday, May 14, 2022, is the World Migratory Bird Day. Created by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in 1993, it is a day to celebrate and learn about migratory birds. For more information you can visit ... READ MORE
This Friday, April 29, 2022, will be National Arbor Day, a holiday invented to recognize the importance of trees. It is most often observed by the planting of trees, either as a part of a group or as an individual homeowner. Here in Florida, ... READ MORE
You can add some plants to make it look natural and attract wildlife
Having a lawn around the pond is not the best answer for attracting wildlife. According to the Florida Friendly principles, a lawn should not be any closer than 10 feet ... READ MORE
Can we help the birds and wildlife at the lakefront parks by bringing them a loaf of bread when we visit?
While intentions are good, we should eat the bread ourselves instead. It can actually lead to malnutrition in wild birds, since it does ... READ MORE
St. Patrick’s Day Story
The history of Saint Patrick's Day does really include what the Irish call a green clover, or shamrock. Saint Patrick was said to have bent down and picked up a leafy green shamrock stem found on the church lawn ... READ MORE
Many people travel to parks and natural areas to catch a glimpse of native creatures. But can we ever see wildlife in our own yards? If so, what can we do to encourage wild visitors?
What can we do?
While ... READ MORE
Why do tropical plants freeze in one part of the yard and not another?
Though we do not often think about this, the temperature is often not exactly the same in every part of the yard. In fact, every area of my yard reads a different temperature, ... READ MORE
Cold nights in Central Florida
After some cold nights, there have been some areas of our county which have received freeze damage, while others have escaped. If you are in one of the unlucky areas, and have some cold-sensitive plants, what ... READ MORE
Even in a relatively warm winter, we just can't forget about or ignore plant hardiness here in Central Florida. While tropical plants are generally vigorous and heat tolerant, they can easily be lost during the winter. It doesn't help that ... READ MORE
What if the lawn looks kind of brown instead of the bright green color it had during the colder season? What should be done about it? Should we put extra fertilizer on it and water it more to green it up? Should we mow it lower to make ... READ MORE