Monday, March 14, 2011

Florida-Friendly Landscape: Lake Alfred Library

The Lake Alfred Public Library (195 East Pomelo Street) has a lovely Florida-Friendly landscape. They have followed the Right Plant, Right Place principle by choosing appropriate plants for the site and installing them properly. The plants will require minimal to no pruning, no fertilizer and pesticides, and minimal to no supplemental irrigation. The runoff from the roof is directed into river rock swales. The rock is porous and will let the water seep into the ground instead of running off into the street. This will reduce stormwater runoff. Take some time to stop by the library and admire the beautiful Florida-Friendly landscape.

Monday, March 7, 2011

How Much Water Do You Use?

We all use water in our daily lives, but do you know how much you use each day? Find out more about how much you use, and how to conserve water in and around the home by going here.

Remember, every drop counts!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Tabebuia Tree Has Come Out of Hiding!

Have you been driving around lately and noticed the spectacular pink and yellow blooming trees that seem to be everywhere? The pink Tabebuia (Tabebuia heterophylla) and the yellow Tabebuia (Tabebuia caraiba) are gorgeous this time of year. Tabebuia trees are great for urban landscapes as they are small to medium sized trees. The pink Tabebuia will grow to 50 feet tall while the yellow Tabebuia will grow 30-40 feet tall. They both love full sun and grow in well-drained soil. It is possible for them to be damaged by freezing temperatures, but they will rebound quickly once temperatures warm up. The Tabebuia is a wonderful addition to the landscape and blooms when not much else is going on in the garden. For more information about the Tabebuia contact the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service at (863) 519-8677 or download the publication on the pink Tabebuia and the yellow Tabebuia.