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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.


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. http://bit.ly/1XrlYrM"]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? http://bit.ly/226wMNe"]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»


Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Florida Garden

Spring is a busy time for hummingbirds. After wintering in Central and South America, species such as the ruby-throated hummingbird are now returning to Florida to build nests and raise their young.1 Now is a great time to learn about attracting hummingbirds to your garden. Enticing Landscaping Adult hummingbirds get nearly all their energy from feeding on flower nectar. This high-sugar food fuels their rapid flight. A single hummingbird may  More»