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Brace Yourselves Stock Show Kids… Winter is Coming!


December 28, 2021

After spending 5 years managing a horse farm in the Texas Panhandle, I have come to greatly appreciate our mild Florida winters! Although it’s pretty unlikely that any of us will be busting ice 3-5 times per day in negative temperatures and ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Curriculum, Livestock
Tags: 4-h Livestock, Cattle Winter Management, Florida Winter Livestock, Horse Coat Management, Swine Winter Management In Florida, Winter Care For Livestock

Garberia – Garberia heterophylla


December 14, 2021

Garberia (Garberia heterophylla or Garberia fruiticosa) is a shrubby plant that is a member of the Asteracae or Daisy/Composite family. The foliage of this Florida native plant is rather dull gray-green most of the year until the fall when ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies, Garberia, Lavendar Fall Blooms, Shrubs, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County

Climbing Aster – Aster carolinianus


December 14, 2021

Climbing Aster (Aster carolinianus aka Symphyotrichum carolinianum) The climbing aster is one of many asters in Florida. In fact there are 440 different asters in Florida with 331 of them identified as native plants! The climbing aster ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Wildlife
Tags: Aster, Asters, Climbing Aster, Fall Blooming Perennial, Native Plant, Pollinator Plants, Purple Flowers, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County

Fringetree – Chionanthus virginicus


December 14, 2021

Fringe Tree or Old Man's Beard (Chionanthus Virginicus) is hardy from USDA hardiness zones 3A to 9B. Fringe tree is a native plant through many states, as well as Florida in North and Central Florida. It can reach up to 20 feet with a spread ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Wildlife
Tags: Chinonanthus Virginicus, Demonstration Garden, Fringe Tree, Native Plant, Old Man's Beard, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County

Muhly Grass – Muhlenbergia capillaris


December 14, 2021

Muhly Grass (Muhlbergia capillaris) is a Florida native ornamental grass that is hardy in Florida from USDA hardiness zones 8 to 11. Mulhly grass is outstanding in landscapes throughout the year with evergreen foliage. It is particulary attracitve ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Grass With Red Blooms In Fall, Native Grass, Ornamental Grass, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County

Maryland Goldenaster – Chryopsis mariana


December 14, 2021

Maryland Goldenaster (Chryopsis mariana) is a Florida native perennial. It is hardy from USDA hardiness zones 4a to 10, with zones 8-10 in Florida. While you may have observed this goldenaster in the UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County Demonstration ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Crysopsis, Goldenaster, Maryland Goldenaster, Native Plant Garden, Native Plants, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, Yellow Aster

Manage Thatch, Manage this Pest-Tropical Sod Webworm


December 13, 2021

Have you been bothered by small brown moths flitting around your landscape? You may find them in your landscape year-round, but may more likely find them from August to October which can lead to negative impacts to the health to your warm season ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Brown Moths, Caterpillars In Turf, Turf Damage, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County
Industrial Hemp

What is Industrial Hemp?


December 13, 2021

Industrial hemp and marijuana are both plants of the species Cannabis sativa. Cannabis sativa has multiple uses, from fiber production to food production to medicinal and psychoactive uses. Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ-9-THC) is the primary ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops

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