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Low-Maintenance Landscaping: Succulents


April 16, 2024

Low-Maintenance Succulents Succulents are plants with thick leaves that easily retain water, making them well-adapted to drought-like conditions. They can add interesting textures and forms to the typical landscape, and some residents even ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Edible, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Landscaping, Low, Maintenance, Native, Pgm_Water, Pollinators, Use, Water
Low maintenance landscape

Low-Maintenance Landscaping: Vines


April 2, 2024

Low-Maintenance Vines Vines are so versatile! Vines can be trained to grow on walls, fences, trellises, archways, and even trees. Keep reading to learn about some vines that require minimal watering and care in Sarasota County. Note: The ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Edible, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Landscaping, Low, Maintenance, Native, Pgm_Water, Pollinators, Use, Water
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Can I Plant This? A Guide for Newcomers to Southwest Florida

Ashley Ellis, Residential Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator in Sarasota County.
April 1, 2024

Welcome to the lush landscapes of Southwest Florida! As you settle into your new home, you might find yourself drawn to the idea of adding some greenery to your surroundings. But before you start digging, it's essential to understand the unique ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Florida Friendly, Master Gardener Volunteer, Native Plant, Pgm_HortRes, StarterKit

Understanding Your Utilities – How to Read and Reduce Your Utility Bills


March 25, 2024

Introduction Whether you're new to the area or have lived here for years, chances are you've used electricity or water in your home. If this is the case, you may have also received a bill in the mail (or your email). It can be tricky to read ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Energy, Pgm_Sustain, StarterKit, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, Water
Low maintenance landscape

Low-Maintenance Landscaping: Trees and Palms


March 19, 2024

Low-Maintenance Trees and Palms Trees and palms are a staple in many landscapes. They provide shade and shelter, improve air quality, and mitigate flooding. Keep reading to learn about some trees and palms that require minimal watering and ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Edible, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Landscaping, Low, Maintenance, Native, Pgm_Water, Pollinators, Use, Water
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Meet a Master Gardener Volunteer Series: UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Speaker’s Bureau

Ashley Ellis, Residential Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator in Sarasota County.
March 6, 2024

Meet a Master Gardener Welcome to our "Meet a Master Gardener Volunteer" blog series, where we delve into the inspiring stories and impactful contributions of the passionate individuals who form the backbone of our gardening community. These ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Recreation, Water, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Master Gardener Volunteer, Pgm_HortRes
Low maintenance landscape

Low-Maintenance Landscaping: Ferns


March 5, 2024

Low-Maintenance Ferns Dating back to 360 million years ago, ferns are one of the oldest plant lineages. They are a lovely choice for filling out shaded areas of the landscape. Keep reading to learn about some ferns that require minimal watering ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Landscaping, Low, Maintenance, Pgm_Water, Use, Water
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Sipping With Confidence: All About Sarasota County’s Drinking Water

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January 18, 2024

Sarasota County is privileged to source its drinking water from diverse outlets, combining surface and well water to cater to the county's needs. The Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority contributes roughly half of the county's ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Natural Resources, Water, Work & Life
Tags: Conservation, Drinking Water, Pgm_Water, Public Water Supply, Water, Water Quality
Treasure Quest booklet - What Treasures Will You Find?

Treasure Quest


November 29, 2023

Hi there! My name is Ozzy the Otter, and I have some exciting news for you. Treasure Quest locations have popped up all across Sarasota County! Come play with me and learn all about what nature has to offer at your favorite park or library. ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Disaster Preparation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Health & Nutrition, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Adventure, Education, Fun, Game, Libraries, Parks, Pgm_Water, Quest, Treasure, TreasureQuest, Youth

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