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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

Tips for Success! – Planting a shrub (the right way)

Flowering shrub in dappled sunlight - Walter's viburnum

Are you getting ready to plant new shrubs in your landscape? Before you buy another plant or dig another hole, watch this quick step-by-step video tutorial. I’ve included tips about plant selection, hole sizing, mulching… 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

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

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

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