Lawn and Garden

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Urban Forest Resources

Vegetable Gardening Information

Plants of Florida

Integrated Pest Management

Local Gardening Links

Lawn and Landscape Information

Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Click here to access a landscape design guide and to learn about the 9 FFL principles for a more resource efficient Florida yard.

UF/IFAS Assessment of Non-native Plants

Click here to see which plants are considered invasive or not recommended by UF/IFAS in your landscape.


Click here for thousands of UF/IFAS publications. Just search a topic you would like more information on.

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.

Tallahassee Urban Forest Resources

Urban Forest Master Plan

How to Hire an Arborist

Vegetable Gardening Information

Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide
Organic Vegetable Gardening in Florida
Insect Management in the Home Garden
The VegHeadz Blog

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.

Integrated Pest Management

Landscape Integrated Pest Management
Insect Management in the Home Garden
Featured Creatures
Fungal Diseases for Citrus
Weed Management Guide for Florida Lawns
UF/IFAS Assessment of Non-Native Plants
Insecticides and Wildlife

Local Gardening Links

There are many gardening groups that offer the chance to meet like-minded individuals and learn from others about special garden topics or plant species. Click here for a list of Tallahassee garden clubs/groups. If you would like to add your group to this list, please give us a call.

Have a question? Ask a Master Gardener at or call our office at 850-606-5202.

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The Green Thumb: June 2018 Issue-

Read our latest UF/IFAS Extension Leon Horticulture News

Demonstration Garden Self-Guided Summer Tour Audio-

Goes along with brochure found at kiosk or in the Extension Office

Horticulture Blog

I Ain’t Afraid of No Slime Mold

Just when we thought we had our Leon County Extension vermicompost bins all figured out for recycling office food waste with the aid of worms…aliens invaded. I instinctively started looking all over for my “Ghostbusters” proton gun and...

Fall Gardening on the Horizon

August is a double-edged sword. The oppressive heat is at its pinnacle – where even the thought of spending time in the garden makes you break into a sweat – but it is also the time of year that visions of fall start coming into focus, and...

Azalea Caterpillars Hungry This Time of Year

Recently, you may have noticed that your azaleas appear stripped of leaves. You get closer and, in fact, the leaves have been chewed right off. If you look carefully, you are likely to find evidence of, or catch red-handed, the azalea caterpillar...