Category: Agriculture

USDA conservation stewardship enrollment

florida scrub jay perches in the wild

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a May 10 deadline to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program, a federal effort to encourage environmentally friendly agricultural practices. Information was disseminated in a news release, as follows: USDA Announces… Read More

Professional landscape management resources

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County offers professional landscape management training and resources which promote environmentally sound use of irrigation, fertilizers, and pesticides by industry professionals, and offers training and continuing education units to maintain or renew licenses. Tree Trimmer Workshop… Read More

Thank you, Nebraska!

You might already know that National Arbor Day is April 26. But did you know that we have Nebraska to thank for this? Trees, please Julius Sterling Morton (father of Joy Morton, the Morton Salt Company founder) moved… Read More

Pretty in pink

Molly Ringwald has a rival and it’s the pink trumpet tree, also known as the pink tabebuia (pronounced “tab-bee-boo-ya” or “tab-bay-boo-ee-a”), Tabebuia heterophylla, blooming now in a neighborhood near you. Tabebuias are native to the Caribbean and South… Read More

Just hanging around

If you walk around your house you may notice small brown spindle-shaped objects attached to walls, fence posts, or just about anything stationary with a vertical surface. They look like mini scrap-piles of dried grass, twig and bark…. Read More

The plant kingdom’s “Twilight Zone”

What would you call a plant that does not behave like a plant? Ninety-nine percent of plants in the plant kingdom make their own food using light, water, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and other plant nutrients, via… Read More