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Category: Horticulture

Chester Ochs 4-H Center to Open Community Garden in Fall

Collage of Photos in the Ochs Garden

The Chester Ochs 4-H Educational Center will open it’s first inter-generational garden in Fall of 2019.  The Ochs Community Garden will be open to any Pinellas County Resident interested in gardening. 

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

Florida – The Land of Flowers Ponce de Leon named Florida in 1512. “La Florida,” he called this land, Spanish for flowery, covered with flowers, or abounding in flowers. Yet our landscapes of today are mostly green masses… Read More

Fact Sheets

Africanized Bee Awareness Air_Potato_Vine_Infestation_Site-_Beetle_Request_Form Alternative pesticides Assassin (wheel) bug BagWorms bird gardens chayote citrus care citrus greening citrus insect and fertilizer2 Common Landscape Mistakes2 Controlling crabgrass in Turfgrass Controlling Weeds in Turfgrass deadly palm diseases ground covers for… Read More

Bugs in the March Garden

Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers are hatching early this year. You may notice them coming out of the ground in mass. At this growth stage they are black with a yellow or orange stripe down their back. They will eat… Read More

It’s Spring Planting Season

We all want a beautiful, flourishing, healthy landscape.  Before you go and spend a bunch of money at the garden center, here are a few things to consider so you won’t waste your time and money. Make sure… Read More

Metsulfuron-methyl (MSM) Can Cause Problems in Ornamental Plants

Have you seen these symptoms in ornamental plants, especially oaks, after treating nearby turf with metsulferon-methyl (MSM)? Over the past few years, there have been numerous inquiries regarding damage to ornamental plants growing near turfgrass areas that have been… Read More

Your Florida Garden in “Winter”

Theresa Badurek, UF/IFAS Extension, Pinellas County It’s almost winter, even though we have had balmy weather lately. While some Central Florida winter days are warm, others can bring cold winds, frosts, and even freezes. These conditions present several challenges… Read More

Hummingbirds Arriving

The hummingbird fall migration has begun and when I saw my first hummingbird of the season it was feeding on one of its favorite plants – firebush. The ruby-throated hummingbird is the most common hummingbird in Florida and… Read More