Category: Horticulture

Love is in the air… and all over the car windshield

The few things we can count on in Florida in the spring – heat, humidity, sunshine, and lovebugs. Yes, those small, black bugs that are everywhere, but especially splattered across the front of our cars. You are lucky if your… 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

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

EVENT: Green industries best management practices workshop

Florida home with maintained landscaping

Are you involved in maintaining lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas. If so, our Jan. 22 “Green Industries Best Management Practices” (BMP) class is for you. BMPs focus on reducing non-point source pollution resulting from fertilizer… Read More

When the bough breaks

Remember when it was the common notion that termites in trees did no harm – they were simply scavenging on decaying wood? Well it turns out that there are new and ‘improved’ termites which actually kill trees. Termite… Read More