Category: Natural Resources

“Resource Conservation” partner applications open

Landowners interested in conserving natural habitat for gopher tortoises, Florida panthers and other endangered species are invited to apply for technical and financial assistance. The Natural Resources Conservation Service project aims to restore, maintain or provide habitat across… Read More

Little beetle battles big problem

Call it a beetle to battle the bulbil. The tiny air potato beetle (Lilioceris cheni) might be the key to stemming the invasion of a “noxious weed” – the air potato plant – that can overrun Florida’s natural… Read More

Sarasota County joins Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, and so can you

Be a part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge and help save bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators responsible for one out of three bites of food we take. Pollinator populations have plummeted in recent years, for… Read More

Fertilizing in the Summer

Sarasota County is one of many counties in Southwest Florida that have established restrictions on the application of Nitrogen and Phosphorus fertilizer. Sarasota County’s fertilizer blackout prohibits the use of Nitrogen and Phosphorous fertilizer applied to turfgrass and… Read More

Attract Wildlife

‘Attract Wildlife’ is the 5th principle of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™. This can be as simple as planting flowers, such as this starry rosinweed Silphium asteriscus, that attract many kinds of pollinators. Keep in mind that nuts, fruit, seeds, berries… Read More

The Meaning in Landscapes

I was a princess in a castle. Not a ‘come save me, I’m so frail’ princess, but a princess that hunted with falcons, rode griffins and tamed dragons. I had a castle, a fortress, surrounded by an impenetrable… Read More

Manage Yard Pests Responsibly

  Often, the insects you see in the yard are not harmful and may even be beneficial. To manage possible pests; the first rule is identification. Then determine what level of damage is acceptable to you. If that… Read More