Monthly Archive: February 2012

Extension and Master Gardeners teach you how to “Love Your Lawn”

Discover how to use Florida-friendly environmental practices to create a manageable lawn.  This 2-hour workshop will offer ideas on watering, fertilization, pest control, and other practices to help you manage and enjoy your lawn.  The workshop is scheduled for March 17th, from 9 A.M to 11 A.M.  It will be presented by Theresa Friday, Extension …

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Caring for camellias

One of Northwest Florida’s most reliable and rewarding shrubs is the camellia. Providing dark green leaves throughout the year, gardeners are rewarded in late winter or early spring with a variety of beautifully colored and shaped flowers. Camellias tend to thrive in our acidic soil but they do require some routine maintenance. Pick up the …

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Invasive exotic species know no bourndaries

Celebrate National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW), February 26 through March 3, by learning about alien plant and animal species whose introduction does (or is likely to) cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Here are a few things you can do to help stop the spread of invasive species. Do some …

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Project Learning Tree Workshop, March 3, 2012

  About PLT Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning, interdisciplinary, environmental education program designed for formal and non-formal educators working with students in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. PLT uses trees and forests as the context to help young people gain an awareness and knowledge of natural and built environments. PLT stimulates students’ critical and …

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Read the fine print in the Sunday supplement plant ads

They’re back! It’s that time of year when the advertisements in the Sunday newspaper supplements promise maintenance-free lawns that will survive anywhere. This last weekend saw the return of an advertisement that promises a lawngrass that will grow where other grasses won’t, that will eliminate endless weeds and weeding, and cuts watering by as much …

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Tackle existing weeds and build a defense against future weeds

Just look around and you will probably notice a lot of green lawns. But, its early February, shouldn’t the lawns be brown? Winter weeds are creating a field of green in many local lawns. Vetch, chickweed, annual bluegrass, henbit and clovers are growing rampantly in many lawns. Unless you do something about these weeds now, …

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Florida Master Naturalist Coastal Systems Module

                                             Florida Master Naturalist Program Coastal Systems Training Learning more about Florida’s natural environment is possible through the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP), an environmental education extension program being offered in partnership with the University of Florida-Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS) and participating organizations throughout the state. The FMNP both informs and …

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Freshly delivered seed catalogs sow dreams of a bountiful harvest

Seed catalogs are arriving in the mailbox. This is an excellent time to browse and decide what you would like to include in your spring garden. Vegetables are typically started by either directly sowing the seed into a prepared garden bed or starting the seeds indoors and then transplanting the seedling into the garden. Each …

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