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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.

Water-wise awards

Most people who look at Scott and Lisa Freeman’s yard probably assume it takes a lot of water to keep it so green and lush. They couldn’t be more wrong — this sub-tropical oasis requires nearly no water at all, thanks to its Florida-Friendly Landscaping. The Freeman’s yard won the 2015 Water-Wise Award for single-family residence in Pinellas County. This annual award is co-sponsored by the University of Florida Institute of Food and  More»

Preventing tree abuse through education

Have you ever had a tree trimmed back to bare bones because you thought you were getting your money’s worth? You may be guilty of tree abuse, says a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agent. For the last 16 years, the UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Tree Trimmer Program has been teaching tree trimmers and arborists in South Florida how to avoid tree abuse with best pruning practices.  More»

Green-Spore Poison Parasol Mushroom

The green-spore poison parasol mushroom (Chlorophyllum molybdites), also known as the “false parasol” or “green-spored parasol,” is commonly found in the southeastern United States, including Florida. It appears on “lawns, grassy areas, and open woods” and is more prevalent between April and November, when conditions are wetter.1 Appearance Chlorophyllum molybdites can be confused with some non-poisonous mushrooms,  More»

So You Want to Start a Vegetable Garden?

Maybe you’ve been admiring a neighbor’s vegetable garden, or maybe you think having the freshest possible vegetables right in your back yard would be delicious. Maybe you just want an excuse to get outside! Whatever your reasons, starting a vegetable garden is a sustainable hobby with many rewards. However, it can be tough to know where to start. What’s the best time of year to plant things in Florida? How should you design your garden?  More»

Plant of the Month: Trumpet Tree

[Tweet "When this tree blooms, it really puts on a show! Learn why the trumpet tree is the #PlantOfTheMonth."]It’s hard to miss a trumpet tree at this time of year. Its bright, trumpet-shaped blooms appear before it puts out leaves, making this tree a riot of color. Learn more about why the trumpet tree is the plant of the  More»

Planting in April

[Tweet "It's prime gardening season--what can you be planting?"]Spring is upon us—now is the time to get out into the garden and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. No matter where you are in Florida, find out what you can be planting in April! North Florida Central Florida  More»