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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 April

[Tweet "It's prime gardening season--what can you be planting?"]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»

Container Gardens

Do you have the itch to garden but don’t think you have the yard or the space to do it? A container garden may be the answer. As the name suggests, plants in these gardens are grown in containers, which makes them adaptable to smaller spaces such as porches or balconies. Learn more about container gardens in this UF/IFAS Solutions for Your Life Video: You can also find more information related to container gardens in these  More»

Hops in Your Florida Garden

Hops plants produce stobiles (cones) that are used in making beer. UF/IFAS researchers are currently working on how to grow hops commercially in Florida,1 but did you know that you can grow hops in your Florida garden? If you’re thinking of growing hops, keep these things in mind2: Because they are climbing plants, hops are usually grown on a trellis or twine. A hops plant can reach heights to 18 to 25 feet. Hops need full sun to  More»

Urban Landscape Summit

On Wednesday, March 23, the UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology will hold the 2016 Urban Landscape Summit on the University of Florida campus. Presentations by UF/IFAS experts from across the state will cover a variety of topics, such as water quality, audience engagement, urban forestry, pests and disease, and mobile app technology. Please see the  More»

Plant of the Month: Bottle Gourds

Did you know that bottle gourds have been grown for thousands of years and were often dried and used as study containers? Learn more about why bottle gourds are the plant of the month... Photo by Photogrape/iStock/Thinkstock  More»