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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
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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
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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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Fruit and Fruit Trees in 15 minutes: An On-Demand Webinar Series!


September 7, 2021

Join UF/IFAS Extension Polk County experts for an on-demand series of five, 15-minute online educational workshops to help you plan for and grow edible fruit in your home landscape. Topics include peaches, citrus, bananas, pineapples, and designing ... READ MORE

Category: Events, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes
Tags: Banana, Citrus, Edible Gardening, Featured, Fruit Trees, Landscaping With Edibles, Peach Tree, Pineapple, Polkgardening
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UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Master Gardener Volunteer Projects Earn International Recognition


August 24, 2021

UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer programs will be recognized for excellence during the 2021 International Master Gardener Conference, hosted by the Virginia Extension Master Gardener Program. Typically, the awards ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg

The Importance of Planning in the Garden


August 9, 2021

As we move towards the fall and cool season gardening, consider the importance of garden planning. Landscape planning and design is well known, but do you plan your edible gardens? From vegetables to herbs to fruit trees, planning for space ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Florida-Friendly Plants, Garden Calendar, Garden Guide, Garden Journal, Gardening, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Vegetable Gardening, Your Polk Yard
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Celebrate Pollinators: A Sample Plant List!


July 21, 2021

The following list is a companion blog to the “Celebrate Pollinators” blog. The plants listed are only a few of the hundreds of plants that support our native pollinators. The list provides suggestions for nectar plants, as well as some ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Bees, Butterflies, Florida-Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Plants For Pollinators, Polkgardening, Pollinator, Pollinators
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Welcome to the Rainy Season in 15 minutes: An On-Demand Webinar Series!


July 2, 2021

Join UF/IFAS Extension Polk County experts for an on-demand series of five, 15-minute online educational workshops to help you plan and prepare for the Florida summer rainy season outdoors. Topics include the Ins and Outs of Your Irrigation ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Insects, Irrigation, Landscape Hurricane Prep, Plant Disease, Polkgardening, Rain Barrels, Rainy Season, Water Efficiently, Weeds
Coreopsis in bloom

Summer Flowers in 15 minutes: An On-Demand Webinar Series


July 2, 2021

Join UF/IFAS Extension Polk County experts for an on-demand series of four, 15-minute online educational workshops to help you plan a beautiful summer garden of flowering plants. Topics include summer flowering annuals, perennials, wildflowers, ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Annuals, Bulbs, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Flowers, Gardening, Perennials, Polkgardening, Summer Flowers, Wildflowers

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