Lawn & Garden
With its warm, humid climate, abundant rainfall, and sandy soils, Florida presents unique challenges and unique opportunities for residents who enjoy gardening or just want to maintain a beautiful landscape. Whether you hope to grow your own vegetables, adorn the yard with gorgeous ornamentals, or simply keep your lawn neat and healthy, UF/IFAS Extension has resources that can help. If you’re interested in hands-on learning, UF/IFAS Extension county offices across the state hold classes led by experts who can help you develop a greener thumb.
The Florida Master Gardener Program offers a rigorous horticultural science curriculum that trains laypeople to become Master Gardeners. After being certified, they volunteer at UF/IFAS Extension offices, fielding questions and solving problems submitted by local residents. Whether you need help or want to help others, Florida Master Gardeners want to hear from you.
UF/IFAS Extension promotes good stewardship of Florida’s natural resources with information on eco-friendly landscaping, including plant selection, soil composition, irrigation, fertilization, composting, organic gardening, energy conservation and more. Our best science-based advice is collected in the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, which is aimed at residents, business owners and landscaping professionals.
UF/IFAS Extension can help you discover the incredible array of plant species common in Florida yards, including groundcovers, flowers, edibles, shrubs, trees and, of course, weeds. If a green lawn is your goal, we offer advice on choosing, establishing and maintaining turfgrass and alternative groundcovers.