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Sprinkler tune-up!

Water pours out across sidewalk from damaged sprinkler head

It’s time for a sprinkler tune-up! With another “dry season” approaching in central FL, it’s time to make sure your sprinkler system is putting water where it’s needed, when it’s needed…   So, if you’re… Read More

Let’s See Your Landscape!

Monarda punctata flowers

We want to see your landscape! At UF/IFAS Extension, we spend a lot of time looking at landscapes in distress. Pests, disease diagnosis, water issues, mucky ponds, invasive plants, etc. Don’t get me wrong… it’s… Read More

Less water, better landscape

Sprinklers watering grass, misting due to high pressure

Excessive or inefficient watering of a landscape can be just as harmful as giving too little water. The best Florida-Friendly Landscapes only put water where it’s needed, when it’s needed.  Check out these simple tricks… Read More

Sprinkler Checkup – Part 2 – Rain Sensors!

In a recent blog post, we covered the basics of doing a sprinkler “wet-check.” (If you missed that post, or want a quick review, click here.) In today’s post, we’re focusing entirely on rain sensors,… Read More

Wildflower, weed, … or groundcover?

Pollinator bee visiting Portulaca flower

Often, the question of “wildflower vs. weed” is a matter of location. I recently decided to test that concept with the native succulent “weed” Portulaca pilosa, a.k.a. pink purslane.     Trivia factoid #1 –… Read More

Sheet Mulching for Weed Prevention

With warmer weather comes more rainfall. While it’s great for lawns and ornamentals, its also great for the weeds. An environmentally friendly alternative to weed control is sheet mulching. This permaculture technique consists of laying… Read More

Taking the guesswork out of watering the lawn (Part 3)

In this multi-part series, we’re taking the guesswork out of watering the lawn. (For earlier segments, see Part 1 and Part 2.) In this post, we’ll continue looking at soil moisture sensors, discussing the importance… Read More

Taking the guesswork out of watering the lawn (Part 2)

(This is the second part of a series about how to take the guesswork out of watering the lawn. For part 1, click here.) Measuring the moisture where it counts…at the roots.   Just over… Read More