Springtime in the Florida-Friendly Landscape

Weedin' Sign

Springtime in Central Florida is a great time to garden and attend to “spring cleaning” in our landscapes.  So, gather up your gloves and tools and consider the following spring-time garden projects: Pruning Around the beginning of March… Read More

Hurricane Prep: Securing Your Boat

a pontoon boat on a boat lift, with a threatening storm in the distance.

Hurricanes are incredibly violent storms that can bring intense winds, heavy rain, floods, a storm surge, landslides, tornadoes, and coastal erosion. These storms are capable of causing incredible damage, and the key to protecting your boat is planning and preparation. If… Read More

February Blooms in the Garden

"Welcome to our garden" mailbox

Welcome to our Florida-Friendly Demonstration Garden! The garden is full of winter flowers this February. Below are pictures of the plants currently flowering at the UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Florida-Friendly Landscaping Demonstration Garden this February 2019. Chickasaw Plum… Read More

Polish Sausage Sauerkraut Recipe & Growing Cabbage in Central Florida

Vegetable Gardening

This recipe is a sure crowd-pleaser and is greatly welcomed at Master Gardener potlucks. The recipe originally came from my dad’s family, but my mom improved on it! Into a large pot (or crockpot), put: 1 Polish sausage… Read More

A must do in gardening: Vegetable crop rotation

Vegetable Garden

One of the wonderful benefits of living in Florida is that it allows for year-round gardening! Community gardens and yards alike are colorfully decorated with favorites such as onions, squash, basil, tomatoes and more. If you’re anything like… Read More

Request a speaker for your adult or youth group

plant florida friendly

Are you looking for a speaker for your civic organization, club, or school classroom? Consider a gardening program from UF/IFAS Extension Polk County.  We have a variety of gardening and landscaping programs for all ages. To request a… Read More

Illinois pondweed: A native aquatic plant we love to hate

Sunset over Lake May in Winter Haven, FL.

Illinois pondweed (Potmagoeton illinoensis) is a Florida native aquatic plant that provides valuable aquatic habitat and forage for wildlife. Additionally, pondweed can act as a pioneer species in recovering lake ecosystems, increasing dissolved oxygen levels and helping anchor… Read More

“Roundup®” License- Is it For You?

Polk County pesticide applicators enjoy professional development and learning

Landscape professionals and homeowners alike should be aware that the State of Florida requires a license in order to apply any pesticide (including herbicides such as Roundup®) as part of a landscape business. The Limited Commercial Maintenance License… Read More