Category: Natural Resources

Federal funds to help farmers, foresters conserve land

Hands holding budding plant in soil

Agricultural operators and forest landowners interested in adding technology or techniques that foster conservation have a new window to apply for federal funding to offset costs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued the following press release with… Read More

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ – Attract wildlife

Imagine a backyard refuge where butterflies flit around, songbirds splash in a birdbath, and hummingbirds dart from flower to flower. It’s a beautiful, serene scene; one that can benefit Florida wildlife. And you can make it real, with… Read More

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ – Mulch

workers apply mulch to a garden

Do you have an area where nothing will grow, an area of barren ground? A place that is hard to irrigate, mow or maintain? Consider mulching it. One of the Nine Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™, mulching offers an… Read More

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ – Fertilize appropriately

Fertilizer can increase the beauty and health of lawn and landscape. When used correctly. Used incorrectly, however, it can wreak havoc on yards, ecosystems and more.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ – Water efficiently

I’ve often heard people say, “It’s Florida. You can’t water too much.” Don’t believe it. Overwatering is a frequent problem here, one that leads to unwanted weeds and pests, wasted resources, and higher-than-necessary water bills. “Water Efficiently” is… Read More

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ – Right plant, right place

Many homeowners turn to their yards when it comes time to bump up the beauty and pump up the property value, only to watch in mounting frustration as plant after plant withers under blazing sunlight or sags in… Read More

Conservation District sets public working group meeting

The Sarasota Soil and Water Conservation District has set an August 17 working group meeting to discuss local resource conservation concerns and programs. The meeting, which is open to the public, will start at 6:30 p.m. in the… Read More

“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