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Tag: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Muhly grass is a showstopper this time of year

Muhly grass

Have you seen this blooming ornamental grass in landscapes around central Florida? This fall showstopper is Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), an easy-to-grow native grass. Muhly grass is clumping and is showy in the fall.  It looks attractive in… 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 areas, and breaks… Read More

Create your own native plant garden—in containers!

Bee on Rosinweed

Did you know you can create a small habitat of Florida’s native plants – even if you live in a patio home, apartment or condo? By planting native plants in containers, you too can enjoy the presence of… Read More

Micro-Irrigation: A Water Saving Alternative

Micro irrigation bubbler

There are so many options when choosing an irrigation system it can be confusing. Micro-irrigation is a great choice for many reasons. Not only is it easy to install, but it is also inexpensive and versatile. Micro-irrigation is… Read More

Must Have Flowers – One gardener’s updated approach to gardening

Bee on Rosinweed

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ― Claude Monet Like most gardeners, I can relate to this quote. I love flowers, and as a lifetime gardener, one goal has always been, if possible, to have “something” blooming… 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 to hear some… Read More

Garden To-Do’s – Beneficial Insects

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One of the great things about our dry, warm April is the burgeoning population of insects. Yikes! Am I crazy? Nope; when prey insect numbers rise, predator insects have plenty to eat. That’s a great thing for gardeners… Read More