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We need to hear from YOU!

Muhly grass, backlit by the warm glow of autumn sun

We need to hear from you!    Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts about our Florida-Friendly Landscaping outreach. Click the following Qualtrics link to participate in a brief anonymous survey. LINK: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9zNZnEd2ZAnx9s2… Read More

Golden Raintree – They’re colorful BUT…

Each fall, Floridians are suddenly “wowed” by the sight of golden raintrees blooming along the roadsides. Vivid yellow flowers are followed by equally distinctive pink or peach-colored “paper lanterns.”   (More on those “paper lanterns”… Read More

Take the pledge – Prevent “muhly mutilation!”

Muhly grass, backlit by the warm glow of autumn sun

Public Service Announcement:  YOU can help prevent “muhly mutilation!” Every year, just as the fall muhly grass extravaganza is about to begin… …an unfortunate (but fully preventable) horror-show occurs. And this one isn’t related to… Read More

Top 5 Reasons You Should Check Your Sprinklers NOW!

Sprinklers watering grass, misting due to high pressure

      Yes, it’s been raining buckets all summer. Hopefully your sprinklers have gotten a good rest… BUT… when the fall “dry season” arrives in central FL, are your sprinklers ready to put water… Read More

UF Researchers Work to Save Pesto!

Basil leaves

Q: What’s wrong with my basil? Here at Extension, we receive a lot of questions about struggling basil. One of the most common issues? A devastating disease called “basil downy mildew” which has become very… Read More

Searching for (and finding!) fireflies… right here in Pasco County!

Nighttime skyline with trees and a single point of light from a firefly

^ Watch the video above to see real live fireflies blinking just a few nights ago in Pasco County – (filmed 7/18/21). Yes – we do have fireflies here in Florida! (Trivia fact – At… Read More

The “FFL Law” – It’s complicated…

Flowering shrub in dappled sunlight - Walter's viburnum

Q: Is there really a Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ law that allows homeowners to remove their turfgrass and install Florida-Friendly Landscaping without HOA permission?   A: Not exactly… It’s a little more complicated.     Back in… Read More

Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards – ENTER TODAY!

Flowering shrub in dappled sunlight - Walter's viburnum

Could you have the next winner?     The annual Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards Program is on the lookout for landscapes that showcase the best in “water-wise” design and maintenance. This annual contest is… Read More

What happened to FloridaYards.org?

If you’re reading this, you may have noticed a disturbance in the Florida-Friendly force… Yes, one of the original websites for Florida-Friendly Landscaping has disappeared from the interwebs.   Meanwhile, if you’ve visited some of… Read More