Monday, March 26, 2012

Polk County Utilities Offers Free Landscape and Irrigation Evaluations

If you are a Polk County Utilities customer, you are qualified to receive a free landscape and irrigation evaluation. The evaluation will include:
*Irrigation system evaluation with site-specific recommendations
*Landscaping evaluation with planting recommendations

*Water conservation information
*Assistance with your irrigation timer

*A free water conservation kit

For more information and an application for the program, contact Jacqueline Hollister at 863-298-4100 or go to

Friday, March 23, 2012

Extension Spotlight

Click HERE for the April edition of the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service Extension Spotlight. Stay up-to-date with everything going on at the county Extension Service!

For more information go to

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Gardening Workshops

Rain Barrel Workshop
Thursday, April 5, 10:00 a.m.
Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve, 900 Mackay Blvd., Lake Alfred
The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program will present a free workshop on how to
conserve water using a rain barrel. Collecting rain water can be fun and easy,
and can save you money on your monthly water bill. No rain barrels will be for
sale at this workshop (coupons for barrel purchase at the Extension Service will
be provided to participants). Registration is not required.

Water Wise Irrigation Workshop

Tuesday, April 10, 9:00 a.m. - noon, lunch to follow
Winter Haven Water Utilities, 401 6th Street SW, Winter Haven
Are you a homeowner in need of irrigation guidance? Are you an irrigation contractor that needs more information on new irrigation technology? Learn about irrigation
scheduling, smart controllers, and how to get the most out of your irrigation
system. This is a free workshop and lunch is included. Workshop topics are
presented by UF/IFAS Extension, the Southwest Florida Water Management District
and FAWN. Click HERE to register.

Earth Friendly Landscaping Workshop
Tuesday, April 17, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland
Celebrate Earth Day by attending this free workshop. Learn how to
incorporate Florida-Friendly practices into your landscape to protect the
environment and maintain an attractive landscape. This workshop is
presented by the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service. Click HERE to

Water Conservation in the Home Landscape
Lunch and Learn Workshop
Wednesday, May 23, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Lakeland
Electric Building, 501 E. Lemon St., Lakeland
Conference room 1A/1B, you must bring a photo I.D. with you to enter the building
Join us for a lunch and learn talk--lunch is on us! Learn about the many ways you can conserve water in your home landscape. Learn how to set up micro-irrigation and save time and
money using water outdoors. This workshop is presented by the UF/IFAS Polk
County Extension Service. Click HERE to register.

Florida-Friendly Plants Workshop and Plant Sale
Saturday, June 9, 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland
Learn about the many Florida-Friendly plants that grow well in Polk County yards at this FREE workshop! Shop for plants after the workshop. Plant vendors will carry hard-to-find native plants and easy-to-grow Florida-Friendly plants. This workshop is presented by the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service. Click HERE to register.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Polk County Fourth Grade Students Learn About Agriculture at Agri-Fest

For two weeks in March, all Polk County fourth grade students visit the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service in Bartow to learn about the agricultural commodities that are important to the county. They get to taste honey and oranges, pot a plant, learn to conserve water using a water budget, and much more. For many children this is their first introduction to the rich agricultural history of Polk County. The Polk County Master Gardeners horticulture session features their international award winning youth activity.

This educational field trip is organized and presented by the Polk County Farm Bureau, local agriculture businesses, and the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service.

If you know a fourth grade student, ask them what they learned at Agri-Fest!

Read more about Agri-Fest HERE!