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The Neighborhood Gardener – April

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Creating a Sustainable, Florida-Friendly Landscape

We hear the words "green" and "sustainable" a lot these days. More and more, the term "Florida-Friendly Landscaping" is being used to describe home landscaping design and maintenance practices that are considered healthy for the environment.  More...

Plant of the Month: Saw Palmetto

Silver saw palmettoThis shrubby palm grows wild throughout the state, but it's also an excellent landscape plant that's popular with wildlife. And it's highly salt-tolerant, making it ideal for coastal gardening. More...

April in Your Garden

Planting season is here and there are a wide variety of shrubs that can be added to the landscape now.  Remember to mulch.  Mulch conserves moisture during dry weather and minimizes weeds in landscape beds.  This is the last month to plant annual flower seeds that need to germinate before hot weather returns.   

For more month-by-month gardening tips, check out the Florida Gardening Calendar. Three different editions of the calendar provide specific tips for each of Florida's gardening regions—North, Central, and South. More...

Friend or Foe? Foe: African Honey Bee

African honey beesGardeners should be aware of African honey bees as a foe.  They have a heightened defensive behavior and become easily agitated, especially by vibrations caused by lawn equipment.  They also negatively affect colonies of established honey bees.    More...

A Batty Beginning

Boys building a bat houseHands-on learning about bats kept Escambia County Extension agent Carrie Stevenson and several hundred 4-H'ers busy throughout the summer and fall of 2008. More...

UF Gardening Videos Available on YouTube

New garden videos featuring some great UF horticulturists are now available on YouTube.  You can rate or comment on videos, and even subscribe so you'll know when new videos are added. Topics covered include vegetable gardening, fountains and water features, vertical landscapes, and more... 

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Extension agent Marina D'AbreauThe festival is in full swing and Master Gardeners are doing a great job educating guests about Florida gardening. Horticulture agents are also offering demonstrations throughout the festival. Come enjoy the festival and talk with our outstanding volunteers! See photos from the festival, going on now.

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