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Let’s Talk about Invasive Species Vocabulary


May 12, 2022

Invasive species outreach is critical to the successful detection and rapid response to invasive species threats in Florida's natural areas and urban areas. Unfortunately, due to the complex nature of invasion science, communication around invasive ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Invasive Species, Natural Resources
Tags: Communication, Invasive Plants, Invasive Species, Shannon Carnevale, UF_ISC

New Episode from Naturally Florida: “Coyotes are here to stay!”


April 19, 2022

You have probably seen headlines about coyote population explosions, or perhaps your NextDoor app has informed you about recent coyote sightings in your neighborhood. Coyotes still feel like a relatively new species here in Florida, but they ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Wildlife
Tags: Coyotes, Invasive Species, Lara Milligan, Living With Wildlife, Lmilligan, Naturally-florida-podcast, Podcast, Range Change, Shannon Carnevale
Chickens in pasture

Pollos de Corral: Bioseguridad


April 1, 2022

Es importante mantener una parvada de pollos de corral saludable. Un pollo enfermo puede infectar a toda la parvada con una enfermedad, creando problemas que pueden, en ciertos casos, resultar en la muerte. Para ayudarnos a minimizar el riesgo ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management, Health & Nutrition, Livestock, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Biosecurity, Chicken Health, En Espanol, Espanol, Polk County FL, Polksmallfarms, Pollos De Corral, Small Farms, UF/IFAS
Chickens in pasture

Backyard Chickens: Biosecurity


April 1, 2022

It is important to maintain a healthy backyard flock. One unhealthy chicken can infect the entire flock with a disease, creating problems that can, in certain cases, result in death. To help us minimize the risk of diseases and pest infestations, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management, Health & Nutrition, Livestock, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Backyard Chickens, Biosecurity, Chicken Health, Polk County FL, Polk Small Farms, Small Farms, UF/IFAS
Florida lawn Photo credit: Anne Yasalonis, UF/IFAS Extension

Lawncare 101 for Central Florida Lawns


April 1, 2022

Caring for your lawn can be a lot of work, and a properly maintained lawn is not only beautiful but functional.  It will filter runoff, reduce erosion, and can reduce heat and glare.  A healthy lawn is functional and if you follow the best ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Fertilizing, Florida-Friendly Plants, Gardening, Irrigation, Lawncare, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, UF/IFAS, Watering
Close up image of three oranges on the branch. In the distance, a lake and an orange grove.

New Episode from Naturally Florida! A Special Interview with Dr. Scott Angle, UF Sr. Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources


March 21, 2022

The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences. Join Lara and Shannon ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: Interview, Lara Milligan, Naturally-florida-podcast, Shannon Carnevale, UF/IFAS
florida friendly landscape

Composting for Beginners


March 17, 2022

Composting is a great way to practice recycling in your yard. You can reduce the volume of waste that goes to the landfill as well as create a beneficial soil amendment for your landscape. Most people have all the elements they need to create ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Composting, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening

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