Friday, November 29, 2013

Updates to the Polk County Florida-Friendly Landscaping Website

There have been some changes on the Polk County Florida-Friendly Landscaping website. We hope they help serve you better!

On the homepage, center column, you will find a list of our clientele.  Here is what you will find if you click on the links.  

  • Listing of the services that we offer and links to other helpful resources.
  • List of services that we offer to realtors, developers, builders, property managers, community managers, HOA boards and landscape contractors.  We provide links to any ordinances and regulations that may affect the landscapes under your care.  We also have provided helpful tools to educate your employees, change community by-laws and more.  
  • We have an extensive list of publications available at UF/IFAS Extension.  We have selected a variety of publications that will help new residents to Polk County (and to Florida) get used to gardening and landscaping in the area.  You can download the publications or request a cd or hardcopy of the New Resident Packet.  If you are a realtor we would be happy to provide you with a supply of cds or packets--just let us know!

  • Do you have questions about the Florida-Friendly Landscaping program?  What exactly is the program and how can you maintain a Florida-Friendly yard?  Are there any local restrictions or ordinances that may impact you?  We answer these questions and more! 
As usual, don't forget to check our calendar of events for upcoming programs, our online workshops for continued education, demonstration gardens for a list of gardens and links to their plant lists, the plant guide for a list of plants that work well in Polk County, and our fact sheets to offer you more assistance on specific topics.  The links to our social media sites on on the top right of our homepage and will provide you with up-to-date information, plant photographs and videos.  Enjoy!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Rain Gardens

Are you looking for a fall landscaping project for your yard?  Consider creating a rain garden. A rain garden can be located anywhere in your yard where water runs off the roof, where downspouts end or where water naturally collects after a rain event.   

Information on how to create your own rain garden:
TAPP (Think About Personal Pollution) Rain Garden Manual

Rain Gardens: A Manual for Central Florida Residents
How-To Guide: Creating a Rain Garden
City of Winter Haven Rain Garden Installation

Friday, November 8, 2013

Plant List for HOA and Community Associations

Are you on the board of your homeowners association?
Do you need plant recommendations that will work in a deed-restricted community? 

Here is a plant list  for your community members.  The plants on this list grow in Central Florida and if installed following the Right Plant, Right Place principle will thrive as well as keep with the look of your neighborhood.

The Polk County FFL program can work with your association to create a specific plant list and design guidelines for your community. Contact us!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Visit the Florida-Friendly Demonstration Gardens in Polk County

Have you visited a Florida-Friendly Demonstration Garden recently?  This is a great time of year to see what's blooming and  get some fall planting ideas.

Here are where the gardens are located:
UF/IFAS Extension Polk County, 1702 US Hwy 17/98 South in Bartow
SPCA of Polk County, 5850 Brannen Road, Lakeland
Polk Training Center Nursery, 111 Creek Road, Lake Alfred
Mackay Gardens & Lakeside Preserve, 900 Mackay Blvd., Lake Alfred

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Extension Natural Resources Program Offering Guided Hikes

Take a hike at a local park or preserve with Extension!  Each month the Natural Resources Program with  UF/IFAS Extension will offer a free guided hike.  Sign up now

Monday, November 4, 2013

What's Blooming Now? Florida Paintbrush

The Florida Paintbrush (Carphephorus corymbosus) is blooming at the Polk Training Center for Handicapped Citizens Nursery in the Florida-Friendly Demonstration Garden (111 Creek Road, Lake Alfred). Paintbrush is a perennial that will grow to three feet tall and bloom September through December.  It likes sandy soils and will grow in full sun to partial shade. This is a great native wildflower for gardeners looking for a delicate, purple, fall-blooming plant.