FLORIDA-FRIENDLY LANDSCAPINGTM

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The UF/IFAS Extension Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) Program is here to provide Polk County residents with information to help protect our natural resources. Practicing the nine principles of FFL reduces your need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides, all while creating and maintaining a beautiful landscape.

Our water resources are important with over 554 lakes in Polk County. Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ aims to reduce runoff and filter pollutants to help preserve and maintain healthy bodies of water, whether natural or manmade. By including the nine principles of FFL in the landscape, we are able to conserve water, create habitats for wildlife, and reduce pollution.

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RECENT FLORIDA-FRIENDLY LANDSCAPING BLOG POSTS

What to Expect in Your Gardens During La Nina

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has been saying since October, that weak La Nina conditions are in place, and there is a better than 50% chance that it will remain through April 2018. Typically La Nina means we have warmer than average temperatures and less than average rainfall. It’s likely we’ll have a winter similar to last year. What should we expect as gardeners? Probably fewer disease issues with certain plants

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Species Spotlight: Firespike

Firespike (Odontonema strictum) is an herbaceous perennial with large showy spikes of bright red tubular flowers that bloom during autumn.  These flowers attract many species of butterflies as well as hummingbirds. Firespike is one of very few red flowering plants that perform well in partial shade.  It is also recommended for landscapes infested with root-knot nematode, as it is more tolerate to damage than other ornamental plants. 

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Fall Webworm

     What are all of these webs doing in my tree? If you have asked yourself this question over the past several weeks, your tree is most likely a victim of the fall webworm. Despite its name, it is not even a worm at all, but a caterpillar (Hyphantria cunea) that feeds on the foliage of many ornamental trees and shrubs. There are many hosts of this pest, but some local plants include: hickory, pecan, walnut, elm, alder, juniper,

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