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UF/IFAS Extension
Charlotte County

UF/IFAS Extension Charlotte County is a partnership between the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Charlotte County government, to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public.

1120 Centennial Boulevard
Port Charlotte, FL 33953


Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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Animated pumpkin seeds – take a closer look!
Are your eyes playing tricks with you, or did you just see what looks like a crawling pumpkin seed?  No, it's just a household casebearer!  This seed-shaped, case-bearing caterpillar is not an uncommon sight in our area.  Homeowners often bring these curious creatures into our office for identification


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COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension
Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office or view the local update page for the most up to date information on your


Cool Off with these UF/IFAS Extension Podcasts
I’m not gonna lie--it’s hot outside! Summer heat in Florida is more than a matter of comfort—it's a health and safety issue. If you want to limit your outdoor exposure, but still keep up on topics like gardening, nature watching, farming, beekeeping, or the latest in scientific research, podcasts are a great way to do that


Foolproof Lawncare: Bermudagrass
Although not a panacea for lawncare issues, Bermudagrass is a hardy turf option, tough enough to handle lots of foot traffic and horsing around (no pun intended). Because of its tough-enough reputation, Bermudagrass is the species of choice for many sports facilities including golf-courses and ball-fields


The second hibiscus dimension – foliage color
While all hibiscus are created equal, we all have our favorite flower colors, sizes, and shapes.  The tropical hibiscus is one of the most popular shrubs in our area due to its variety and color


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    Foolproof Lawncare: Zoysiagrass
    When it comes to turf choices for a lawn, Zoysiagrass can spark mixed reactions. Because of its dense growth habit, when well cared for, a Zoysia lawn is a beauty to behold: a verdant outdoor carpet that feels great on bare feet


    A native plant with pizazz – tropical sage
    Some native plants do not have the “pizazz” that many of our more exotic plants possess. However, one native that does give a show is the tropical sage