Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Beware of Volcano Mulching!

Volcano mulching around tree

Protecting tree roots with organic mulch has many benefits. Mulch creates a safe zone around the tree area, eliminating potential injuries from mowers and string-trimmers. Mulch can separate major root zone areas from nearby sod areas, and breaks… Read More

CEUs and Certification: Green Industries Best Management Practices

Polk County pesticide applicators enjoy professional development and learning

Why do landscape professionals and the property owners they serve need to know more about the Green Industries Best Management Practices? Concerns about excessive nutrients and Florida’s water quality have led to increased focus on the use of… Read More

Good job Polk County Residents! An Earth Day Message of Hope

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' and Black Eyed Susan

Earth Day is always a great time to focus on Florida’s environmental health.  It can be discouraging to read about declining water quality, disappearing natural habitat and other problems facing our irreplaceable natural resources.  Ready to hear some… Read More

Garden To-Do’s – Beneficial Insects

plant florida friendly

One of the great things about our dry, warm April is the burgeoning population of insects. Yikes! Am I crazy? Nope; when prey insect numbers rise, predator insects have plenty to eat. That’s a great thing for gardeners… 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