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Master Gardener Volunteer’s Favorite Plants: Pentas


July 11, 2022

Pentas lanceolata is a Florida perennial that is an attractive plant with red, pink, or white blooms.  They are a great source of food for butterflies and hummingbirds.  Most Pentas grow to about 2 or 3 feet high and 15 inches wide and love ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Butterflies, Florida, Flowers, Garden, Master Gardener Volunteer, Pentas, Polk County, Polkmg, Pollinators
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Coreopsis: A Summer Wildflower Favorite


July 8, 2022

Coreopsis leavenworthii is an annual to short-lived perennial with bright yellow flowers with a dark brown center.  The flowers are held upright on tall, leafless stems.  The blooms occur from late spring in north Florida to year-round in ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, N, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg
Florida lawn Photo credit: Anne Yasalonis, UF/IFAS Extension

Lawncare 101 for Central Florida Lawns


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
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Composting for Beginners


March 17, 2022

Composting is a great way to practice recycling in your yard. You can reduce the volume of waste that goes to the landfill as well as create a beneficial soil amendment for your landscape. Most people have all the elements they need to create ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Composting, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening
Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable Gardening Link Round-Up from UF/IFAS Extension


June 1, 2020

Are you looking for information on growing vegetables in Florida? We have gathered all of the UF/IFAS fact sheets and websites for you. Vegetables from A-Z (get information on specific vegetables) Starting the Garden Using Seeds Starting ... READ MORE

Category: Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Florida-Friendly Plants, Gardening, Herbs, Hydroponics, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Vegetable Gardening, Vegetables
Miss Moffett Caladiums

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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