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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

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

What are those little black discs?

Close-up photo of Bird's nest fungus splash cups in soil

Q: What are those little black discs?   You’re suddenly finding mysterious black discs stuck to your favorite plants? (…or your walls, cars, windows, screens, pets, etc.)   Let me guess… it’s been raining lately…… 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 2021 – 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