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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

A Garden is a Place of Hope

relaxing purple flowers and statue in the garden

A recent ad from a gardening catalog stated that “Gardening is not Cancelled”. What an inspiring thought! These days are hard, with health and economic fears, and it can seem at times there is nowhere… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local… Read More

Spring Cleaning in the Florida-Friendly Landscape

plant florida friendly

Spring is a good time to clean up, plan and prep your landscape for planting.  Even though we don’t experience winter in the same way they do “up north”, plants may be damaged and there… Read More

Your Florida-Friendly Landscaping Resolutions for 2020

plant florida friendly

News articles continue to identify the many challenges Florida faces in protecting our valuable and often fragile natural environment; challenges that range from the loss of natural habitats to growing stresses on the quality and… Read More

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… 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… 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… Read More