Lawn and Garden

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General Gardening 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.

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.

Integrated Pest Management

Landscape Integrated Pest Management:

Insect Management in the Home Garden:

Insects, Mites, and Nematodes

Featured Creatures:


Fungal Diseases for Citrus:


Weed Management Guide for Florida Lawns:

UF/IFAS Assessment of Non-Native Plants:

Vertebrates and Mollusks

Insecticides and Wildlife:

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

Horticulture Blog

Let That Digger Bee Be

Have you noticed many little dirt piles that resemble mini ant mounds around your yard? Well, fear not, for these mini mounds are made by digger bees who are excellent, yet ephemeral, early-spring pollinators. These solitary ground-nesters are...

Spring 2018 Backyard Gardening Series

Please join us for the 2018 Spring Backyard Gardening Series! The two-day series is March 6 and March 13, 2018, 5:45-8:00 p.m., at the Leon...

Grow Healthy, Eat Healthy Workshop at Dr. B.L. Perry Jr. Branch Library

Did you know if you want to grow tomatoes from seed in North Florida, they need to be planted in winter for success? Join UF/IFAS Extension...