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Category: Water

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 our specialty, and… 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 landscapes from across… 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 the right care… 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, and Hillsborough) (UPDATE:… 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” immediately conjures up… 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 to help save… 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, and how/why they… Read More

Water Wise Awards Program – Final call for 2018 entries!

Is your landscape “water-wise?”     If you live in the tri-county Tampa Bay area and answered “yes”  –   …your yard could be a winner!  But time to enter is running out ~ All entries must be received by… Read More

Can A Landscape Be Fire-Wise, While Still Achieving Other Goals?

Fire in wooded area

As we reach the peak of the springtime dry season in Florida, it is a time to be extra-aware of wildfire risks. Pasco County Fire Rescue’s social media page recently reminded residents of the importance of being fire-wise… 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 a decade ago,… Read More