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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.


Community Gardens and Food Safety

Community gardens are spaces where people share the duties and rewards of gardening. These collaborative efforts can be found throughout the country, including Florida. Shared gardens provide gardening opportunities and add beauty to communities. They are also a source of fresh produce for the community, but you need to make sure the food is safe to eat. Follow these recommendations to ensure food safety and to prevent foodborne illness in  More»


Saving & Using Rainwater

Groundwater resources in Florida face high demand for consumption, agricultural, and industry needs. Taking advantage of Florida’s seasonal rainfall can reduce pressure on groundwater for non-potable uses during drier seasons. For the homeowner, harvesting rainwater reduces your water bills and allows you to use the stored water at your discretion—it is not public water, so you do not have to follow water restrictions. Depending on your  More»


Plant of the Month: Royal Poinciana

Discover why the royal poinciana, also known as the flamboyant or flame tree, is the plant of the month. More...  More»


Planting in July

July brings some of the hottest temperatures throughout Florida, so residents should choose heat-tolerant plants when gardening. To see what you should plant this month, use these recommendations based on Florida’s climate regions. You can identify your region with the gardening region map. North Florida Annuals: Gardeners in north Florida  More»


Dish Gardens and Terrariums

Homeowners can use terrariums and dishes to hold and display miniature gardens for indoors. The type of container, combined with your control of the watering schedule, lets you grow a variety of plants that may not be suited to your outdoor environment. You will want to use small plants—those that can be found in two to three inch pots at nurseries or garden centers. In some cases, you can also use cuttings. When you choose plants, make sure  More»


Therapy Gardens

UF/IFAS horticulturist Erin Alvarez talks about the benefits of therapy gardens. More...  More»