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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.

Planting in October

October marks the true beginnings of fall-like weather, so it’s time to start planting for the cooler months ahead. Use these gardening suggestions based on the Florida climate zones to see what you can plant this month. Find out which region you live in by viewing the gardening region map. Here are suggestions for planting bedding plants, bulbs,  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»

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  More»