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Category: Natural Resources

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

Create A Pollinator’s Paradise

Monarda punctata flower with bumble bee

  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 my yard,… Read More

Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards Program – 2020!

Vibrant flowers

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 open to… Read More

Florida-Friendly Landscaping – Scavenger Hunt Activity!

Vibrant flowers

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 them… Read More

How do I attract the “good bugs?”

Aphids feed on firebush leaves. Ladybug larva feeds on aphids.

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 Principles? Check… Read More

The end is near…

Monarda punctata flower with bumble bee

  Whether you call it Spotted Beebalm, Dotted Horsemint, or Monarda punctata, the blooming of this native wildflower is a reliable signal that the end* is near. (*…of summer) Each year, as children are heading… Read More

Is Your Landscape Water-Wise?

Vibrant flowers

Is your landscape water-wise? The Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards Program is seeking to recognize landscapes from across the tri-county Tampa Bay* region that showcase the best in “water-wise” design and maintenance.  *(includes Pasco, Pinellas,… Read More

April showers…?

Rusty lyonia flowering with bee

What image comes to mind when you hear the term “drought-tolerant plant?”   Ugh. Unfortunately, there are a handful of common misconceptions about drought-tolerant landscaping that just won’t go away. Too often, the phrase “drought-tolerant”… 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