Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What are YOU Doing for Water Conservation Month?

There are many things we can do to conserve water in our homes and landscapes. In honor of Water Conservation Month we are providing you with some helpful conservation tips. By following some or all of the tips you can conserve and preserve our valuable water resources as well as save money. Engage the entire family in the effort to conserve water and make it fun for kids.

The following tips (and more) can be found on or you can call your Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program to obtain publications listing water-saving tips.

1. Fix your dripping faucets. Be a water detective and search for dripping or leaking faucets—they can waste 300 gallons of water or more each month!
2. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth! Everyone in the family can participate in saving water this way!
3. Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater off of the roof. This water can be used to water plants.
Make it a fun family project by painting and decorating the rain barrel prior to installing it.
4. Raise the mower blade! Mow your lawn at the highest setting to ensure strong roots and increase drought tolerance. This will also make the job a little easier!
5. Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load.
6. Take shorter showers. Make it a contest and set a timer to see who in the family can take the shortest shower.
7. Use micro-irrigation to water your landscape plants. Micro-irrigation is the most efficient way to irrigate and the systems are easy to install.
8. Choose plants that are drought-tolerant. Look for Florida-Friendly plants that will require less water after establishment.
9. Encourage everyone in the family to conserve water by making a doorknob sign reminding them to conserve in high water use areas of the home. This can be a great craft project for the family.
10. Water early in the morning or late in the evening to reduce evaporation.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Master Gardener's Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, May 12, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service
1702 US Hwy 17 South, Bartow

The Polk County Master Gardeners will be selling plants, yard art and rain barrels ($30 each) at this plant sale. Florida-Friendly and native plants
will be available.
Call (863) 519-8677 for more information.

Free Turfgrass Workshop

The Urban Horticulturist, Dr. Shibles, is offering a turfgrass workshop on April 21st 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Office at 1702 US Highway 17/98 South in Bartow.
Call 863-519-8677 to register.