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 of foreign lawns, ... READ MORE
Birds Are Starving
Exotic (non-native) plants do not support the caterpillars that native birds need for food, causing birds to starve to death. If birds can’t find enough caterpillars, they can’t reproduce and they and their young starve.
Birds ... READ MORE
Theresa Badurek, UF/IFAS Urban Horticulture Agent
Growing your own vegetables is a fun way to eat healthy and get outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Gardening can even save you money on your grocery bill! Florida is a great place to ... READ MORE
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 can also be ... READ MORE
UF experts are at it again. They will be teaching this class in November and December.
November 7 & 8 (Fri. & Sat.) on UF campus: Tim Broschat and Monica Elliott are teaching the program as a 1-credit undergraduate course, and they ... READ MORE
This wheelbug, or assassin bug is an excellent predator of pest bugs.
To learn more about biological control see this newest article from Pest Management University: https://pmu.ifas.ufl.edu/pmu-news/pest-management-news-feed READ MORE
See this article from National Geographic regarding the decline of birds: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140709-birds-insects-pesticides-insecticides-neonicotinoids-silent-spring/
FREE mobile phone apps have been released that are pertinent to Florida. The android versions were released last fall, and now the iOS version for Apple iPhones is available (delayed due to federal shut down last fall).
The iOS apps are ... READ MORE
Theresa Badurek, Urban Horticulture Agent, UF/IFAS Extension
Florida is a hotbed of new pests; it seems like we get them all of the time. One of the latest pests to infest our landscapes is the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly, Aleurodicus ... READ MORE
by: Theresa Badurek, UF/IFAS Urban Horticulture Extension Agent, Pinellas County
Growing your own vegetables is a fun way to eat healthy and be more active. If you grow enough you can even save some money on your grocery bill! Florida ... READ MORE