Friday, January 29, 2010

Florida-Friendly February

February is a great month to learn about landscaping! Take advantage of all of our events and programs during the month. Call the UF/IFAS Extension Service at (863) 519-8677 ext. 121 or email for more information.

Saturday and Sunday, February 6 and 7, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
The Lakeland Center, 701 West Lime Street, Lakeland
Visit our Florida-Friendly gardening booth for the latest and greatest gardening information. Ask a Master Gardener, bring your soil for a soil pH test, and attend our daily seminars.

Tuesday, February 16, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Lakeland Public Library100 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland
Learn how to design your own landscape--from revamping existing beds to re-doing your whole yard. This free workshop will help you make the right decisions in your yard and landscape the Florida-Friendly way! Please register for this workshop as seats are limited.

The Mobile Green TeamFlorida-Friendly Landscaping™ and Water Conservation Tips
for Your Yard!
Saturday, February 20, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Home Depot, 6335 South Florida Ave, Lakeland
The Mobile Green Team will present timely topics on the third Saturday of each month in a different location around Lakeland. The educational help desk will be staffed by professionals from the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service, Master Gardeners, Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program, City of Lakeland Water Utilities and Lakes and Stormwater Divisions. Visit the Green Team each month to receive free information on landscaping, water conservation, turfgrass, lakes and ponds, fertilizer use and much more! Call (863) 519-8677 ext. 121 for more information.

Saturday, February 27, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
The Lakeland Center 701 West Lime Street, Lakeland
Visit the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods and City of Lakeland Water Utilities booths for information on water conservation and Florida-Friendly Landscaping.

Conserving Water Indoors

One of our Master Gardeners sent me the following articles that I thought were quite interesting. Enjoy!

Econundrum: 5 Handi-Wipes or Hot Shower

Trickle-Down Theory

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Conservation Landscaping Workshops Offered in Arcadia and Bowling Green January 23!

Want to learn more about conservation landscaping and gardening with native plants? Want to purchase native plants? Attend the free half-day workshop at South Florida Community College in either Arcadia (morning) or Bowling Green (afternoon) on Saturday, January 23rd.

For more information on the workshop click here.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Is the Cold Making You Reach for a Blanket? Share One With Your Plants!

Hopefully everyone has been following UF/IFAS recommendations for protecting your landscape plants from the freezing temperatures. If you need a refresher on how to PROPERLY protect plants from frost and freeze damage read this.
Remember -- use a cover that does not touch the plant and goes all the way to the ground. This reduces radiant heat loss. If your cover does touch the plant, there may be some damage to the leaves due to heat transferring from the plant to the cold cover.
After the weather warms back up (and it will!) resist the urge to prune your plants until the risk of frost has passed.