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UF/IFAS Extension
Lake County

UF/IFAS Extension Lake County is a partnership between State, Federal, and Lake County government for the purpose of providing scientific knowledge and expertise to the public.

1951 Woodlea Rd.
Tavares, FL 32778


Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm (Office Hours)
9am - 4pm (Discovery Garden)

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Have You Heard of the Sapodilla Tree (Manilkara zapota)?
Have you heard of the sapodilla tree (Manilkara zapota)? This tree is native to Mexico and Central America, preferring zones 10B-11. While it can grow in the southeastern and southwestern US, check with your extension office before planting


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Fall Food Drives: Improving Health and Feeding Families
The availability of a person’s next meal or just food, in general, can vary due to access, availability, and income. This may occur for a short period or longer which can result in a lack of the nutrition bodies need to prevent health consequences


NFREC Quincy—100 Years of Service and Adaptation
It was the summer of 1978. I had just graduated with a BS degree in Agronomy from the Ohio State University


How Long Do Like Oaks Live?
I was recently ask a set of complicated questions about how long Live Oaks (Quercus virginiana) live. Question: "Is it true that live oaks only live for about 60 years?" Answer: No


The 3-Cut Tree Pruning Practice
Proper tree pruning is vital for tree health and vitality. When pruning it is important to use the 3-cut method


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    Tree Planting Techniques
    Planting a tree in a landscape takes planning, and a few more steps than simply putting the tree in a whole. Common issues with tree planting: Not calling to check for utilities before you dig


    How Do I Select a Landscape Tree from a Nursery?
    You finally selected the planting location and tree species for our landscaping project! Congratulations! Now what? Contact local nurseries to see who carries what you are looking for. Familiarize yourself with Florida Grades and Standards for Nurseries Plans developed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service (FDACS)