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Extension Sarasota County

Category: Lawn

Easy drip irrigation system repairs


May 25, 2022

Drip, or micro-irrigation, is a great choice for landscape beds. It is at least 70% more water-efficient than a traditional sprinkler system, and it provides water directly to the plant instead of applying spray in a "one size fits all" pattern. These ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Water
Tags: Drip, Grass, Home_irrigation_tips, Irrigation, Landscape, Lawn, Maintenance, Microirrigation, Pgm_Water, Turf
Rain hitting rooftop

Installing your wireless rain sensor


May 2, 2022

Rain Sensors Anyone living in Florida who uses an automatic irrigation system is required by law to have a fully operational rain shut-off device. These devices are crucial in preventing overwatering, which can lead to a number of issues ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Lawn, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Conservation, Irrigation, Lawn, Pgm_Water, Programming, Rain Sensor, Storm, Turf, Water
Rain Gauge in Grass

How to use your rain gauge


March 22, 2022

Rain Gauges Ever heard of a rain gauge? No? Maybe you have an idea, but you aren't quite sure. Well, you've come to the right place. Read on to learn what a rain gauge is, how it works, and how easy it is to use one in your home landscape. What ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Conservation, Conserve, Irrigation, Pgm_Water, Preserve, Rain, Resources, Save, Water
Spray head watering turf

Save water and money with a free irrigation evaluation


January 28, 2022

Home Irrigation is the #1 Water Waster in Florida Many homeowners are not aware of how much water they may be using on irrigation. System inefficiencies can cause plant stress and money to go down the drain. A free irrigation evaluation by ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Water
Tags: Evaluation, Irrigation, Overwatering, Pgm_Water, Rotors, Sprayheads, Sprinklers, Turf, Turfgrass, Water, Yard
Closeup of a Bauhinia x blakeana "orchid tree" blooms. [CREDIT: "Unha-de-vaca" by Mauricio Mercadante (CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0), via Flickr.com]

Master Gardener Volunteers on… the orchid tree, a corsage for your yard


January 10, 2022

By Karen Pariser Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Looking for an amazing pop of color and texture in your Florida yard? Consider the impact of a flowering tree. Specifically, the orchid tree. Bauhinia basics A member of the ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Lawn
Tags: Bauhinia, Blakeana, FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Invasive, Invasive Plants, Master Gardener Volunteer, MGV, MGVblog, Pgm_Admin, Pothos, UFSaraExt_MGV
Allamanda cathartica. [CREDIT: pixabay.com, Dezalb]

Master Gardener Volunteers on… the all-too-troublesome allamanda


November 26, 2021

By Dianne Beaver Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member With large, bright-yellow flowers and vibrant-green leaves, Allamanda cathartica seems like the perfect plant to brighten up your patio or front garden area. It is a vigorous grower, ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn
Tags: Allamanda, Allamanda Cathartica, FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Invasive, Invasive Plants, Master Gardener Volunteer, MGV, MGVblog, Pgm_Admin, Pothos, UFSaraExt_MGV
Lantana camara blossom in an indoor trough. {CREDIT: pxhere.com]

Master Gardener Volunteers on… lantana, the beauty that IS a beast


October 29, 2021

By Karen Clark Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Lantana checks off all the boxes that make a plant popular. Colorful? Check. Drought tolerance? Check. Handles sandy, salty "soil"? Check. Holds up to direct sunlight? Check. So, ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn
Tags: FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Invasive, Invasive Plants, Lantana, Lantana Camara, Master Gardener Volunteer, MGV, MGVblog, Pgm_Admin, Pothos, UFSaraExt_MGV
Pentas, with tiger swallowtail. [CREDIT: UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, Wilma Holley]

Growing Florida-friendly, with Sarasota County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers


September 28, 2021

By Donna Alese Cooke Residential Horticulture Agent UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Over the past 15 years, UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Sarasota County have worked tirelessly on an endeavor close to their hearts: their ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn
Tags: Annual Plant Sale, Edfest, FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Master Gardener Volunteers, MGV, Pgm_HortRes, Plant, Plant Sale
Yellow, wedelia flowers bloom, en masse, in a lush field. [CREDIT: Pixabay.com]

Master Gardener Volunteers on… wicked wedelia


September 24, 2021

By Rita Dadzis Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Oh, wedelia. Why do you? Wedelia is a beautiful plant, with a thick mat of green leaves and pretty, bright-yellow, daisy-like flowers that bloom year-round. It's an eye-catcher that ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn
Tags: FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Invasive, Invasive Plants, Master Gardener Volunteer, MGV, MGVblog, Pgm_Admin, Pothos, UFSaraExt_MGV, Wedelia

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