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Lawn & Garden

Florida gardening presents unique challenges, so we offer research-based assistance, information, and advice. Whether you are developing a vegetable garden, choosing landscape plants, or seeking information about lawn care, our resources will help you make your yard green and beautiful.

To find out what Extension services are available in your area or to get personal assistance, please contact your county Extension office.

Spring Vegetable Garden

From the sun to fresh air to nutritious fresh vegetables to even exercise, growing a vegetable garden offers plenty of benefits. When you pay attention to the right planting dates, vegetables can be grown year-round in Florida. While this guide provides recommendations primarily for home gardens, the information may be useful for container, community, and market gardens, as well as others. Steps to a Vegetable Garden  More»

Herbs for Spring

During spring,  a number of common herbs, which are grown for their distinctive flavors and aromas, can be planted in Florida. Growing Herbs at Home Because herbs are generally small plants and only a portion is needed at a time, herbs are perfect for container gardening. Placing containers along driveways, sidewalks, and patios, or hanging baskets on porches and balconies can make your home landscape look even more attractive. With special  More»

Plant of the Month: Bottle Gourds

Lagenaria species, or bottle gourds, are vines that grow fruit, which can be used make sturdy containers. More...  More»

Planting In March

Since March marks the beginning of spring, growers from north to south Florida can plant warm-season veggies and herbs. Take advantage of the weather by following these gardening suggestions based on Florida’s climate zones. You can find your region using the gardening region map. North Florida Annuals: While cool-season annuals, such as  More»

Managing the Home Lawn

A healthy lawn can often make or break the outward appearance of your home. Among homeowners, many tend to “over” care for their lawn, especially when fertilizing, mowing, and irrigating. Follow Florida-Friendly Landscape practices and have a healthy lawn by learning how to fertilize, mow, and irrigate properly. Fertilize Fertilizing your yard properly is all about using the right type of fertilizer  More»