UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County is the local branch of a nationwide network of land grant universities providing non-biased, research-based information to America's citizens. In our state, Extension's land grant link is the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences(IFAS).
12520 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33774
Dog Days of Summer
by Rebekah Heppner, Master Gardener Volunteer Trainee Wikipedia says that the dog days of summer refers to “the period following the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius, which Hellenistic astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck.” I can definitely relate to that, but Wikipedia also says the dog days ended
Hot? Grow (don’t throw) some shade!
August in Florida can be unbearably hot. Shade in your landscape can make you more comfortable outside and in
What's Going on in Florida
Are you interested in sustainability? Do you want to learn more sustainability and why it matters? UF/IFAS will be hosting an 8-week online class that will provide students a deeper understanding of the interconnectivity and aspects of the modern world including transportation, climate changes, land use issues, and developing community leadership skills. To join the introductory class please sign up at
The Rural Telehealth Initiative: Lowering Barriers to Health Care
For me, a visit to the doctor can be an inconvenience. Between fighting traffic, finding a parking spot, checking in and doing time in the waiting room, I usually have to carve out an hour or more of my day, all for about 15 minutes of quality time with the doctor
Become A Water Steward!
Working With Water, Working With People To make a difference concerning the issues surrounding water quality and quantity in our communities, we must understand the various ways in which we interact with water. As Floridians, we are connected to our oceans and bays by our faucets and laundries, to our neighborhood ponds and lakes
NEW Nature Podcast
Have you ever wanted a podcast to help you learn about natural resources right here in Florida? A podcast that isn’t just about birds or just about Florida’s hiking trails, but about it all!? Look no further than Naturally Florida, a new podcast recently launched by yours truly and my colleague, Shannon Carnevale in Polk.
Stay Connected During Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is here and it’s important to keep you and your family informed before, during, and after a storm. First and foremost, make sure you and your family have a disaster plan before the next storm threatens
It’s not so much the heat…
The heat is a very real challenge for Florida gardeners. But it’s not just the heat that we’re up against