Florida Gardening Calendars

A watering tin and gardening gloves at a home garden.
Not sure what to plant and when? Confused about how to care for your lawn differently during the winter or summer? Consult the Florida Gardening Calendar for your region (North, South, and Central). The calendars give instructions for planting ornamentals, fruits, and vegetables; lawn care and management; and irrigation and pest control for each month of the year. Split into sections about “What to Plant” and “What to Do,” these calendars are handy for any type of home garden. Written by Sydney Park Brown, and published by the Environmental Horticulture Department.
Central Florida Gardening Calendar: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep450
North Florida Gardening Calendar: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep451
South Florida Gardening Calendar: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep452

Homeowner Best Management Practices for the Home Lawn

turfgrassA healthy lawn is an important component of an urban landscape. Loss of turf health and misuse of fertilizers can result increased nonpoint source pollution, so homeowners should use Best Management Practices when maintaining their lawns. Best Management Practices follow Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles, developed for maintenance of a healthy landscape that does not contribute to nonpoint source pollution. This 6-page fact sheet provides easy-to-follow tips on Florida-friendly lawn maintenance. Written by Laurie E. Trenholm, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, October 2014.

Seed Sources for Florida Home-grown Vegetables

Figure 1.  Seed sources include online catalogs and local garden centersThe right vegetable varieties can make a big difference in the success of a home vegetable garden. Although a huge selection of seeds and transplants are available through garden centers, seed catalogs, and the internet, choosing what to buy can be confusing. Some of the best varieties for Florida gardens and seed suppliers that currently sell them are listed in this 6-page fact sheet written by Ed Thralls, Sydney Park Brown, and Ed Paulson, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, November 2013.

HS1177 Homeowner Considerations Prior to Selecting a Weed Control Product

HS1177, a 3-page fact sheet by Andrew W. MacRae and Marina D’Abreau, coaches homeowners to consider weed type and location in the landscape in selecting a herbicide as part of an effective weed management program. Published by the UF Department of Horticultural Sciences, May 2010.

ENH979/EP236 Homeowner Best Management Practices for the Home Lawn

Revised! ENH-979, a 5-page illustrated fact sheet by Laurie E. Trenholm, provides easy-to-follow tips for maintaining a healthy, Florida-Friendly lawn without polluting surface or groundwater resources. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, June 2009.

ENH1112/EP375 Landscape Design: Ten Important Things to Consider

ENH-1112, a 10-page illustrated fact sheet by Gail Hansen, guides homeowners step by step through the design process to develop a master plan for their environmentally sustainable residential landscapes. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, January 2009.