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Gardening Resources

The resources on this page are intended to help gardeners with their landscape questions. If you don’t find what you’re looking for and need assistance, you can ask a Master Gardener at or call our office at 850-606-5200.


General Gardening Information

UF/IFAS Extension’s Electronic Data Information Source (EDIS) website is a collection of information on topics ranging from how to care for your lawn to best practices for food safety. Information on care and maintenance of individual plants can be found by searching by the plant’s common or scientific name.

The Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program’s website has information on using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices to help you have a beautiful landscape that could save you time, energy and money while protecting our future.


Lawn and Landscape Information

The Florida Lawn Handbook – the most current lawn management information written in practical language by turfgrass experts from UF/IFAS. This resource has information on all of the different grasses used for Florida lawns, turf establishment, fertilization recommendations, proper maintenance, pest management, and more.

Soils and Fertilizers for Master Gardeners Series – this website was intended for use by Master Gardeners and contains several documents that provide a great overview of the proper use of fertilizers.

Lawn Irrigation – this website discusses the basics of maintaining an irrigation system and best practices for watering your lawn.

Landscape Irrigation – this website has information on various aspects of landscape irrigation, including use of rainfall shutoff device, irrigation during establishment of landscape plants, calibrating an irrigation system, and managing irrigation to avoid soil and nutrient loss.

Let the Buyer Beware When Buying Sod – an article by David Marshall with tips for homeowners that are considering buying sod.

How to Build an Inexpensive Greenhouse – copy of Trevor Hylton’s presentation that has everything you need to know about building a small, inexpensive greenhouse.


Vegetable Gardening Information

Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide – EDIS document SP103

Organic Vegetable Gardening in Florida – EDIS Document HS1215

Insect Management in the Home Garden – EDIS Document ENY476

The VegHeadz Blog is a website/blog that is maintained by Leon County Master Gardeners who focus on growing vegetables. All sorts of good information, including monthly garden activities, is available there.


Plants of Florida

The Atlas of Florida Plants website is a comprehensive, searchable database of naturalized plants (natives and escaped exotics) in the State of Florida.

For a list of invasive, exotic plant species, visit the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) website.

For photos and control options for invasive, exotic plants, visit the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

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Master Gardener Program

Mark Tancig is our Residential/Commercial Horticulture Agent and Kelly Thomas is our Horticulture program assistant. Both Mark and Kelly run the Leon County Master Gardener program. There are exciting opportunities being planned for the Master Gardener program this year. We have a current class of 29 Master Gardener trainees going strong and our next Master Gardener class will begin early …

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