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Category: Natural Resources

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

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… 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… Read More

Pine Chlorosis: The Yellowing of Pine Trees

Post by Bob Mertens; Horticulture Program Specialist We’ve been receiving numerous inquiries here at the Extension office regarding the yellowing (chlorosis) and subsequent deaths of native Florida slash pines, most notably in and around urban landscapes.  … Read More

Protect the Waterfront

  Protect the Waterfront. Plants planted along the water’s edge, both in the water and along the shoreline have many benefits. They naturally add aesthetic value, help reduce erosion and filter pollution. They create nursery… Read More