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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.

Herbs for Fall

Herbs are grown for their special flavors and aromas, and they can add seasoning and taste to food. Fall is ideal for planting a variety of common herbs. Growing Herbs at Home Most of the common herbs can be grown seasonally in Florida for home use. In South Florida, many herbs may be grown in the home garden throughout the year. Herbs are perfect for container gardening, since they are small and used in small portions for cooking. You  More»

Non-chemical Weed Control for Home Landscapes and Gardens

A weed is a persistent plant in your landscape that is in an undesirable location (this can include an undesired plant or a desired plant that’s outgrown its space). While there are several weed control programs to choose from, many gardeners want to manage weeds without chemicals. A non-chemical approach requires more planning and effort, including frequent and consistent monitoring, but it can be successfully  More»

Plant of the Month

This plant has white-veined purple petals, attracts bees and birds, and is native to Brazil. More...  More»

School Gardens: What You Need to Know

Since the early 1900s, school gardens have been flourishing throughout the nation. Community and school gardens were first created to help raise the moral and social skills of children who used the gardens. Benefits Opportunities for Growth & Interaction School gardens can go beyond the scope of the classroom, serving as opportunities for students, teachers, and even members of the community to interact. While this interaction may help  More»

Growing Strawberries

Did you know Florida is the strawberry capital of the world during winter? Florida strawberries can be planted in home gardens beginning in the fall and enjoyed through the winter and spring. Growing Conditions Strawberries need temperatures between 50°F–80°F and less than 14 hours of daylight to flower and produce fruit. In Florida, these conditions occur throughout the fall, winter, and spring. Strawberries in Florida  More»

Drought in Florida: Watering Wisely

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 Practices Priorities Water highly visible and heavily managed areas first. Drought-sensitive plants should have high  More»