Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall Gardening in Central Florida

Fall is here in Central Florida... at least according  to the calendar.  Check out the past blog posts for a reminder of what to plant, what garden tasks to get started on, and what colorful plants are about to put on a show.  Happy Fall Gardening!

Fall Gardening Tasks:

Fall Color for the Landscape:

Muhly Grass-A Fall Showstopper

Monday, September 9, 2013

Register NOW for Irrigation School

Are you a homeowner interested in learning more about your irrigation system and how you can increase efficiency?

Are you an irrigation contractor or landscaper interested in maximizing your business by learning how to offer new services to your clientele?

Join us for a free Irrigation School, dinner will be provided.  Click here to register. Tuesday, September 17, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Circle Bar B Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland
Topics presented will include:
Irrigation system maintenance--how to repair broken heads, clogged sprinkler heads, adjust sprinkler overspray and how to address design issues
Micro-irrigation--how to install the different types of micro-irrigation, how to retrofit an existing irrigation system with micro-irrigation
How much should you water?--Learn how to calibrate your sprinkler system
Time clocks--how to use your time clock, create seasonal programs and maintain your rain sensor

This program is presented by:
Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program, UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service
Florida Automated Weather Network
City of Lakeland Water Utilities
Polk County Utilities

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Do you have Mexican petunia in your yard?

Mexican petunia is a common landscape plant and is sold in may retail garden centers. But did you know that it is invasive?  This means that it is spreading to our natural areas, most likely by seed.  Watch this video by the UF/IFAS Extension Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants to learn more.