University of Florida

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.

Drought in Florida: Watering Wisely

While showers seem to come nearly every afternoon, much of south Florida is actually in a drought. Did you know that during a drought, Florida's water management districts have the authority to restrict water use. Irrigation for commercial and home landscapes may be restricted? The following guidelines are given as suggestions for watering during a drought. General  More»

Plant of the Month: Watermelon

Discover more about watermelon, an iconic summer treat, that is the plant of the month. More...  More»

Planting in August

August marks the transition from summer to fall—especially in your garden. If you're wondering what you should plant this month, then use these suggestions based on the Florida climate zones. To find out which region you live in, take a look at the gardening region map. North Florida Bedding Plants: Because August includes some  More»

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»