Trees and shrubs can be purchased in many sizes, most are no smaller than a one gallon size, and many go up to 7 gallon (or larger). Because of both size at planting and maturity, cost of plants, and large root spread, planning for proper placement ... READ MORE
Proper planting ensures a good start to a healthy landscape. The following guidelines for installing plants apply for sandy, well-drained soils.
Annuals and Perennials
Annuals and perennials are typically small (4”) to one gallon sized ... READ MORE
What's the big deal?
As one of the fastest growing counties in Florida, Polk County, it's time to get serious and get Florida-Friendly! With so much development and population growth our natural resources, including our water resources, are ... READ MORE
It’s the end of summer and it’s hot--and not just hot, but hot and humid! Now is a good time to keep your garden activities to a minimum. If you work in your landscape addressing the few chores that might be necessary, always remember ... READ MORE
Pesticides are an effective control for pests and diseases. On the other hand, when not using pesticides correctly these chemicals can affect the environment negatively.
What Composes the Environment?
The environment is composed ... READ MORE
Los pesticidas son un control eficaz de plagas y enfermedades. Por otro lado, cuando los pesticidas no se utilizan correctamente pueden afectar negativamente al medio ambiente.
¿Qué Compone el Medio Ambiente?
El medio ambiente ... READ MORE
In this episode we explore the creepiest, crawliest, grossest of arachnids, ticks. And no, we don't feel bad calling them gross!
Tick-borne illnesses can wreak havoc on people's lives and there is still so much we don't know about them. On ... READ MORE
The act of hand-weeding is often considered a dreaded chore, but gardeners take heart! With just a few modifications and – perhaps – a slightly different mindset, you can make this chore less daunting and even enjoyable.
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In this episode we explore some sounds of summer…grasshoppers, crickets, cicadas and more! How do they make calls? Why are they so loud? Are they really going to to take over the world every 17 years? Find out this and more in our latest ... READ MORE
On June 1, many local fertilizer ordinances start the "blackout period", a restricted time of year where no fertilizers containing nitrogen or phosphorus are to be applied. What does that mean for Polk County?
It is important that residents ... READ MORE