Tag Archive: Landscaping

Landscaping for Children

This sandbox area at Bok Tower Gardens is bordered by a stone “snake” and covered for shade, making it a real draw for small children and their parents. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson, UF IFAS Extension I recently had the pleasure of visiting Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida and experienced one of their newest …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/04/08/landscaping-for-children/

Landscaping for Wildlife with Food Plots

Cool Season Wildlife Food Plot. Photo by Jennifer Bearden, UF / IFAS Many of us enhance our home landscaping with bird feeders, bird houses, bird baths and other items so that we can attract wildlife. To accomplish the same thing, many rural landowners plant wildlife food plots. While large landowners often plant several acres, food …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/29/landscaping-for-wildlife-with-food-plots/

Beat the Summer Heat with Energy-Efficient Landscaping

Late summer brings hot, humid temperatures, and many Floridians are retreating from the heat into their air-conditioned homes. Unfortunately, those comforts of home also come with a price tag. When people think about energy efficiency, practices like turning off lights, purchasing energy-efficient appliances, good insulation and windows, and managing A/C temperature settings are the first things …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/27/beat-the-summer-heat-with-energy-efficient-landscaping/

Waterfront Landscaping

A waterfront buffer zone may include a raised berm with native vegetation to slow runoff from a yard before entering the water. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson A taste of spring weather has arrived, and people will soon be filling the home improvement stores and getting ready for outdoor projects. If you live on the water …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/03/17/waterfront-landscaping/

Florida-Friendly Landscaping is the Law!

  It doesn’t take expert gardeners or landscapers to create a Florida-friendly yard.  All it takes is a willingness to learn and a desire to build a beautiful yard that helps protect Florida’s environment.  Florida-friendly landscaping is now part of state law. Florida Statute 373.185 prohibits government entities and homeowners associations from enacting or enforcing any …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/11/11/florida-friendly-landscaping-is-the-law/

Landscaping Before the Storm

Few things move a local homeowner into action faster than a big storm moving into the Gulf of Mexico.  After filling up at gas stations and running out to home improvement stores, many start trimming limbs and removing trees. The destructive tornadoes in the Midwest this spring may cause anxiety about having mature trees in a yard. It is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/30/landscaping-before-the-storm/