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Altica spp. flea beetle

Leap into Learning: Flea Beetles


February 27, 2024

The daytime call of birdsong heralds our gentle transition into the spring season. Light rainstorms ensure that our soils are saturated and that our plants are nourished. The sun's rays work in tandem to encourage the emergence of fresh, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Wildlife
Tags: Beetle, Biocontrol, Control, Damage, Ecofriendly, Entomology, Flea, Insects, Pests, Pgm_Chemicals, Plant
Field of Bidens alba!

What Is That Lawn Ornament? Florida’s Best Wildflower?! Butterfly Needles!

Forest Hecker, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Community Educator for Sarasota County's UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability Department.
February 1, 2024

A handful of the "lawn ornaments" that will be featured in this blog series. Top row (left to right): sunshine mimosa, perennial peanut, frogfruit, and fleabane. Bottom row (left to right): pennywort, Lobelia, Florida snow, and blue-eyed ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn
Tags: FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Lawn, Pgm_HortRes
Field of White Clover

What Is That Lawn Ornament? Clover Lawn? Here in Florida?!

Forest Hecker, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Community Educator for Sarasota County's UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability Department.
January 23, 2024

A handful of the "lawn ornaments" that will be featured in this blog series. Top row (left to right): sunshine mimosa, perennial peanut, frogfruit, and fleabane. Bottom row (left to right): pennywort, Lobelia, Florida snow, and blue-eyed ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn
Tags: FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Lawn, Pgm_HortRes
Patch of Hop Clover at Twin Lakes Park

What Is That Lawn Ornament? Hop Clover? Should I Be Hopping Mad or Glad?

Forest Hecker, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Community Educator for Sarasota County's UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability Department.
January 16, 2024

A handful of the "lawn ornaments" that will be featured in this blog series. Top row (left to right): sunshine mimosa, perennial peanut, frogfruit, and fleabane. Bottom row (left to right): pennywort, Lobelia, Florida snow, and blue-eyed ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn
Tags: FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Lawn, Pgm_HortRes
A pot of Bacopa monnieri. Showcasing it's foliage and flowers.

What is that Lawn Ornament? The Benefits of Bacopa!

Forest Hecker, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Community Educator for Sarasota County's UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability Department.
December 15, 2023

Welcome to our Lawn Ornament blog series, where we explore the plethora of micro-plants that can help create a biodiverse, predominantly green, yet also delightfully colorful lawn that requires much less maintenance than a traditional grass ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn
Tags: FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Pgm_HortRes
Low maintenance landscape

Low-Maintenance Landscaping: Groundcovers


November 21, 2023

Groundcovers are low-to-the-ground plants that you can use to help fill out your landscape. Keep reading to learn about some groundcover plants that require minimal watering and care in Sarasota County. Note: The following information is ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Water
Tags: Alternative, Grass, Groundcovers, Landscaping, Lawn, Lml, Low, Maintenance, Pgm_Water, Water
A meadow of Muhly at Shamrock Park in South Venice. Not pictured here, are several gopher tortoise burrows scattered throughout the muhly grass. Bunch grasses provide valuable shelter for wildlife.

Plants at Their Peak: Magical Muhly!

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November 9, 2023

Plants at Their Peak: Magical Muhly!  As late autumn arrives, native Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) takes center stage in Florida landscapes, showcasing its natural beauty and ecological significance. Muhly grass is a true spectacle ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Pgm_HortRes, PlantsAtTheirPeak, Wildlife
Closeup of Florida Snow plant

What Is That Lawn Ornament? Florida Snow?!?

Forest Hecker, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Community Educator for Sarasota County's UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability Department.
November 7, 2023

  A handful of the Lawn Ornaments that will be featured in this blog series. Top row left to right, Sunshine Mimosa, Perennial Peanut, Frogfruit, Fleabane. Bottom row left to right, Pennywort, Lobelia, Florida Snow, Blue Eyed Grass. Welcome ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn
Tags: FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Lawn, Pgm_HortRes
A deep shade lawn that is covered in Basketgrass

What Is That Lawn Ornament? Don’t Turn Into a Basket Case. Embrace Basketgrass!

Forest Hecker, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Community Educator for Sarasota County's UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability Department.
October 6, 2023

Welcome to our Lawn Ornament blog series, where we explore one of the plethora of micro-plants that can help create a biodiverse, predominantly green, yet also delightfully colorful lawn that requires much less maintenance than a traditional ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn
Tags: Conservation, Environment, FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Lawn, Nature, Pgm_HortRes, Sustainability
A house surrounded by flowers of perennial peanut.

Embracing Lawn Ornaments: A Starter Guide

Forest Hecker, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Community Educator for Sarasota County's UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability Department.
October 5, 2023

Transforming Your Lawn into a Mixed-Mowables, Biodiverse, Low-Maintenance Oasis Welcome to our Lawn Ornament blog series, where we explore one of the plethora of micro-plants that can help create a biodiverse, predominantly green, yet ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn
Tags: Conservation, Environment, FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Garden, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Lawn, Nature, Pgm_HortRes, Sustainability, Water, Wildlife

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