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Muhly grass, backlit by the warm glow of autumn sun

We need to hear from YOU!


October 12, 2021

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     Why ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Lawn, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf, Water, Wildlife
Tags: #SaveWaterFL, #WorkSmarterNotHarder, Featured, Florida Friendly Landscaping, FloridaFriendly, Landscape, Landscapes, Landscaping, Resilient Landscaping, Save Water, Saving Water, Smart Irrigation, Smart Water Application Technology, Trees, Water Conservation, Water-wise

Golden Raintree – They’re colorful BUT…


October 5, 2021

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

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Natural Resources
Tags: #FloridaFallColor, #invasivespecies, #RightPlantRightPlace, Fall, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Flowering Trees, Landscapes, Landscaping, Tree Safety, Wind Resistant Landscapes
Nighttime skyline with trees and a single point of light from a firefly

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


July 20, 2021

^ 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 least 56 species of fireflies have been documented ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Wildlife
Tags: #UFBugs, AttractWildlife, Fireflies, FloridaFriendly, Landscape, Wildlife
Flowering shrub in dappled sunlight - Walter's viburnum

Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards – ENTER TODAY!


June 11, 2021

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 open to residents, ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: #SaveWaterFL, Award, Efficient Irrigation, Environment, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Landscape, Landscaping, Plant Selection, Resilient Landscaping, Right Place, Right Plant, Water Conservation, Water-wise
Flowering plum tree branch

Signs of “springtime” in central Florida…


February 17, 2021

Signs of "springtime" in central Florida... If you've been a long-time reader of this blog, you already know that I love to highlight the unique changes of Florida's seasons. "Springtime" in Florida is no exception. (Click here for my ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources
Tags: Florida Friendly Landscaping, Seasonal Color, Seasons, Trees, Wildflowers
Monarda punctata flowers

Let’s See Your Landscape!


August 5, 2020

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 our specialty, and we ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: #SaveWaterFL, Drought Tolerant Plants, FFL, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Landscape, Landscaping, Resilient Landscaping, Right Place, Right Plant, Smart Irrigation, Water Conservation, Water-wise, Wildlife
Monarda punctata flower with bumble bee

Create A Pollinator’s Paradise


June 23, 2020

  When you hear the word "pollinator," what comes to mind? Honeybees? Butterflies? How about flies? Wasps? Hummingbirds? Bats? The diversity of pollinators is amazing. By using the principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping in ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Wildlife
Tags: #UFBugs, Bees, Beneficial Insects, Birds, Butterflies, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Landscaping, Pollinator Gardens, Pollinators, Reslilient Landscaping
Vibrant flowers

Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards Program – 2020!


May 26, 2020

Attention gardeners! Landscape designers! Green-industry pros! 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. The annual contest is ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: #SaveWaterFL, Aesthetics, Curb Appeal, Drought Tolerant Plants, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Irrigation, Landscape, Landscaping, Reslilient Landscaping, Right Place, Right Plant, Smart Irrigation, Water Conservation, Water-wise
Vibrant flowers

Florida-Friendly Landscaping – Scavenger Hunt Activity!


March 24, 2020

The 9 Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping​ (FFL) can help protect our water, create beautiful neighborhoods, and support awesome wildlife! The FFL Program is all about: putting the "right plants" in the "right place" giving ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Water, Wildlife
Tags: #SaveWaterFL, Activity, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Good Bugs, Integrated Pest Management, Scavenger Hunt, Water Conservation, Wildlife
Aphids feed on firebush leaves. Ladybug larva feeds on aphids.

How do I attract the “good bugs?”


October 16, 2019

The nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping* are designed to help: Save water Support wildlife Reduce guesswork Improve water quality Make YOUR ideal landscape a reality!   *(Need a refresher on the 9 FFL ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease, Wildlife
Tags: Beneficial Insects, Caterpillars, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Garden, Gardening, Insects, Integrated Pest Management, IPM, Landscape, Landscaping, Pest Management, Pests, Right Place, Right Plant

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