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Category: Natural Resources

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…. 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More

Fertilizing in the Summer

man spreads fertilizer on lawn

Sarasota County is one of many counties in Southwest Florida that have established restrictions on the application of fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorous. Sarasota County’s fertilizer blackout prohibits applying such products to turf grass 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,… Read More