We have all probably interacted with pinecones in some way, whether we collected them to start a bon fire, rolled them in peanut butter to create a bird feeder, or avoided them during pollen season. Pine trees produce pinecones, a unique ... READ MORE
Most gardeners everywhere enjoy the rewarding experience of being “grounded”, so to speak, by planting and maintaining beautiful garden spaces. And what better way to become grounded in our local environment than by including Florida’s ... READ MORE
Florida ecosystems have evolved with fire as a part of their system. Without periodic and regular exposure to fire, Florida's ecosystems often become unbalanced.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the US embarked on a nationwide effort ... READ MORE
Florida is a beautiful place to visit, with white sand beaches, many lakes, and other forms of natural beauty. However, once the sun goes down, Florida's light show is just beginning. Florida is home to 56 species of firefly, and each species ... READ MORE
As the Florida sun sets low in the sky, it is time for one of Florida’s spectacular wonders. The nightly firefly show. In dark areas near waterways with tall grasses, shrubs, or trees, you can catch a glimpse of the elusive Florida fireflies ... READ MORE
UF/IFAS Extension Polk County will host a series of webinars about urban forestry and urban trees in celebration of Florida Arbor Day, the week of January 11, 2021. They will focus on trees and tree canopy in Polk County’s residential and ... READ MORE
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
Updated for 2020
If you’ve been looking for ways to make your holiday celebrations just a little more eco-friendly, consider getting a native Florida sand pine, locally-grown this Christmas! You can cut down your very own Florida native ... READ MORE
What enters your mind when you see the glistening white sand and thorny plants of Florida’s scrub land? Do you see sandy, worthless land useful only for development? Or, are you aware that “most of the rare endemic vegetation of Florida ... READ MORE
by UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Master Gardener, Celia Beamish
My favorite native tree is the native pine. Of course, there are several native pines, so a person with a bigger yard than mine could have a collection! Would that be cool or ... READ MORE