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Giant African Land Snails: What You Need to Know

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July 6, 2022

By now you have heard about the discovery of Giant African Lands Snails in Pasco County, which is a nonnative, invasive mollusk. The area is currently under a quarantine which prohibits the movement of plant materials in or out of the New ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Lawn, Pests & Disease
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Giant African Land Snails, Invasive, Nonnative, Nonnative Species, Pests, Shannon Carnevale, Snails
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Water Conservation in Polk County


June 14, 2022

Our water resources are stretched today providing us with water for our homes, our crops, factories, businesses, and nature. Unfortunately, today's problem will only continue as the population of Central Florida grows. As we look for other water ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Lawn, Water
Tags: Conservation, Florida Lawns, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Lawn And Garden, Plants, Polk County, Saving Water, Water, Water Conservation
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Lawncare 101 for Central Florida Lawns

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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
Florida lawn Photo credit: Anne Yasalonis, UF/IFAS Extension

La Licencia de Pesticidas que Necesitas en la Industria Verde de la Florida (GI)


November 2, 2021

Florida tiene más de 30 tipos diferentes de licencias de pesticidas. A veces resulta confuso comprender qué licencia se necesita para un aplicador de pesticidas específico. Aquí en el estado la Florida, para certificarte como aplicador de ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Lawn, Turf
Tags: Espanol, Florida Lawns, GIBMP, Lawn And Garden, LCLM, LLO, Ornamental And Turf, PCO Lawn & Ornamental, Pesticide Training, Pesticides
Florida lawn Photo credit: Anne Yasalonis, UF/IFAS Extension

The Pesticide License You Need in the Florida Green Industry (GI)


November 2, 2021

Florida has more than 30 different types of pesticide licenses. Sometimes it is confusing to understand what license is needed for a specific pesticide applicator. Here in Florida, to be a certify pesticide applicator in the Green Industry, ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Lawn, Turf
Tags: Florida Lawns, GIBMP, Lawn And Garden, LCLM, LLO, Ornamental And Turf, PCO Lawn & Ornamental, Pesticide Training, Pesticides
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What does frost and freeze damage look like?

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March 2, 2021

There were quite a few cold nights during January and February this year and many of our landscape plants suffered frost and/or freeze damage. But what does that look like and what should you do about it? Frost and freeze can look very ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Cold Damage, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Freeze, Frost, Gardening, Landscape, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Plants, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg
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Garden Guide and Journal Available for Sale

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September 2, 2020

How do you plan your garden and landscape for the upcoming season? Do you need a place to refer to for monthly tips and to record garden successes (and failures)? The Your Polk Yard, a 12-Month Garden Guide & Journal is just what ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Pests & Disease
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Florida, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Garden Guide, Garden Journal, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Plants, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Vegetable Gardening
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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

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension


March 15, 2020

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 UF/IFAS Extension office ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agribusiness, Agriculture, Camp, Clubs & Volunteers, Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Crops, Curriculum, Disaster Preparation, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Food Safety, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn, Livestock, Money Matters, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Professional Development, Recreation, Relationships & Family, SFYL Hot Topic, Turf, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, UF/IFAS Teaching, , Water, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: COVID-19, Featured Hot Topic, Hot Topic

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