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What Is That Lawn Ornament?! Frogfruit? Florida lawn of the future?


May 16, 2024

A handful of the "lawn ornaments" that will be featured in this blog series. Top row (left to right): sunshine powderpuff, perennial peanut, frogfruit, and daisy fleabane. Bottom row (left to right): manyflower pennywort, bay lobelia, Florida ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Lawn, Pgm_HortRes
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Low-Maintenance Landscaping: Forbs


May 14, 2024

Low-Maintenance Forbs Forbs are herbaceous, flowering plants that you can use to bring a variety of colors and textures to your landscape. Keep reading to learn about some forbs that require minimal watering and care in Sarasota County. Note: ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Edible, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forbs, Herbs, Landscaping, Lml, Low, Low-maintenace, Low-maintenance Landscaping, Maintenance, Native, Pgm_Water, Pollinators
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New Neighborhood Best Practices Program Provides Key Tools for Building Healthy Communities

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

Are you a homeowner living within a Homeowners Association (HOA) or serving on its board? Managing common areas like landscaping, trees, and stormwater ponds effectively can often be a challenge. But, fret not! There's a new initiative tailored ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Coastal Systems, Community Gardens, Florida Certified Arborists, Florida Friendly, HOA, Irrigation, Pgm_Chemicals, Pgm_HortRes, Preservation Area, Stormwater Ponds, Trees, Urban Wildlife, Water Conservation, Water Quality
Low maintenance landscape

Low-Maintenance Landscaping: Shrubs


April 30, 2024

Low-Maintenance Shrubs Shrubs are a common addition to the landscape and are often used to outline the home and provide decoration near streets and sidewalks. While some are prized for their foliage, others are planted for their showy blooms. ... READ MORE

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


April 25, 2024

Our pets are precious to us, and their safety should always be a priority. Follow these 10 tips to help keep your pet healthy and safe. You can click on each tip to learn more. Tip #1: Prevent heartworm. Tip #2: Use pet-safe scents. ... READ MORE

Category: Home Management, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Bird, Cat, Chemicals, Disease, Dog, Essential Oils, Ferret, Food, Friends, Furry, Heartworm, Pet Safety, Pets, Pgm_Chemicals, Plants, Prevention, Scents, Toxic, Xylitol
Low maintenance landscape

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, Lml, Low, Low-maintenace, Low-maintenance Landscaping, 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, Lml, Low, Low-maintenance Landscaping, Maintenance, Native, Pgm_Water, Pollinators, Use, Water
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Can I Plant This? A Guide for Newcomers to Southwest Florida


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

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