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Blue Calamintha Bee


August 26, 2020

  Who hasn’t heard about the rediscovery of the rare blue calamintha bee in Florida, most likely thought to be extinct? It would surprise me if you hadn’t heard because this little blue ball of wonder has generated a global ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, , Wildlife
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Blue Bee, Calamint, Chase Kimmel, Endangered, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Flowers, Gardening, Jaret Daniels, Lake Wales Ridge, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Native Plants, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Pollinator, Rachel Mallinger, Wildlife
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Don’t Let the Summer Heat Bug You


June 16, 2020

Summer rains have begun. It is hot, muggy and buggy, and to top it all off, the chances of plant disease increases during our rainy season. While this may all seem overwhelming, there are ways to control and even prevent damage to your plants ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Pests & Disease
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Florida-Friendly Plants, Insects, Integrated Pest Management, IPM, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Pest Management, Pests, Plant Disease, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg
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Growing Bulbs in Central Florida


May 29, 2020

Bulbs can be grown in yards throughout Florida, but they are not the traditional tulips and daffodils you would find in northern climates. Plant your bulbs in sun to partial sun locations in spring, summer, or fall, depending on the type of ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Bulbs, Central Florida, Florida, Florida-Friendly Plants, Gardening, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg
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Mosquitoes in and around your home


May 27, 2020

The arrival of summer temperatures and summer rainfall bring to mind another of our summer arrivals: mosquitoes. These pesky insects are a reality to residents of Florida, and questions associated with disease spread and the best repellents ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease, , Wildlife
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Mosquitoes, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg
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Springtime blooms for the garden (and our pollinator friends, too!)


May 15, 2020

Springtime color welcomes birds, butterflies, native bees and other pollinators! Did you know that urban pollinator gardens offer not just beauty, but also places of refuge, protection and nourishment for our airborne wildlife? These blooms, ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension, , Wildlife
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Butterflies, Central Florida, Florida, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Flowers, Gardening, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Native Plants, Polk County, Polkgardening, Pollinators, Wildlife
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Build your own pollinator hotel


April 23, 2020

What is a Pollinator Hotel? A pollinator hotel is a habitat for bees and wasps that is created from a variety of materials. Why Build a Pollinator Hotel? If you would like to support native pollinators that are declining due to habitat loss, ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Flowers, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Pollinator Hotel, Pollinator House, Pollinators, Wildlife
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Earth Day Round-Up: What to do, attend, and learn!


April 22, 2020

TO DO: Make Beeswax Food Wrappers at Home Make a Worm Farm at Home Make a Pollinator House at Home Start Composting Install a Rain Barrel TO ATTEND: Let's Make Some Black Gold! Composting Webinar April 22nd at 3:00 pm. Click link ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Earth Day, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Microplastics, Plastic, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Sustainability
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April is Water Conservation Month!


April 1, 2020

April is often very dry in terms of rainfall here is Central Florida. In an effort to help and encourage you to save water this month, below are some tips you can use to save water in the landscape. Maintain Your Irrigation System Many lawns ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Jschelb, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polkgardening, Water Conservation, Water Efficiently

What is that Fuzzy Caterpillar Falling from My Oak Tree?


March 25, 2020

Tussock moth caterpillar (Orgyia spp.) Why the oak trees? Over the last couple of weeks, if you have oak trees, you have probably seen tussock moth caterpillars (Orgyia spp.). They crawl all over anything underneath the trees. Oak ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Caterpillar, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Insects, Jschelb, Master Gardener Volunteer, Oak Tree, Polkgardening, Tussock Moth Caterpillar

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