Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute

Episode Archive

The audio, transcript and resource links for all of our past episodes are available below.

March 2020

Home landscape

What Is Florida-Friendly Landscaping™? - March 2, 2020
Learn about this research-based, holistic approach to designing and maintaining Florida landscapes.

Water view

Protecting Florida’s Water - March 3, 2020
Discover how your landscape maintenance practices affect Florida's water.

Planting a tree

Planting Trees - March 4, 2020
Trees will do much better if they are planted correctly. Learn how to avoid problems by planting them correctly.


Spring Vegetable Gardens - March 5, 2020
Florida is a great place to garden. You can grow vegetables and herbs all year. This show will introduce how to get started with the spring season vegetables.

Covering Vegetables

Dealing with Late Freezes - March 6, 2020
Florida winters are quite mild compared to other parts of the country. But we often have a cold snap even after many of our plants have started to grow in the spring. Learn how to protect your tender plants.


FFL Principle #1 - Right Plant Right Place - March 9, 2020
Learn why this is the most important Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principle.


Starting Your Landscape Design - March 10, 2020
A beautiful landscape typically starts with a design. Find out how to get started on your dream yard.

Irrigation Timer

Learning Your Irrigation Timer - March 11, 2020
To manage your landscape properly, you need to be able to adjust your irrigation timer with the seasons. Learn how to get started and start saving a lot of water.


Lawnmower Tune-up - March 12, 2020
Lawnmowers are great tools when they are running. Learn what goes into tuning up your lawnmower.


Selecting a Turfgrass - March 13, 2020
There are lots of turfgrass varieties on the market. Learn how to decide which one is the best fit for you.


FFL Principle # 2 - Water Efficiently - March 16, 2020
Watering correctly is key to maintaining a healthy landscape. Discover how to start planning.


Irrigation Maintenance - March 17, 2020
Irrigation systems are a great convenience. They do, however, need to be maintained from time to time. Find out how to get started.


Attracting and Safeguarding Insects - March 18, 2020
Beneficial insects are very valuable to our environment. Learn how to safeguard your landscape to protect them.


Plant Hardiness Zones - March 19, 2020
The USDA has established plant hardiness zones to help you choose the right plant for your region. Learn more about using this information.


Gardening for Birds - March 20, 2020
Learn what you can do to make your landscape more attractive to the beautiful animals.


FFL Principle # 3 - Fertilize Appropriately - March 23, 2020
Plants need nutrients to grow. Learn how to apply them as needed to keep a healthy landscape.


Using your Extension Office - March 24, 2020
Every county in Florida has a University of Florida Extension Office. Discover what resources are available at your local office.


Soil Health - March 25, 2020
For trees, lawns and plants to thrive, you need good quality soil. See how important soil is to the success of your plants.


Selecting a Landscape Maintenance Service - March 26, 2020
Landscape professionals make managing a landscape easier. Learn the important things you should know before you hire a landscape maintence professional.


Fertilizing Roses - March 27, 2020
Learn to keep your roses growing throughout the warm months buy fertilizing them properly.

FFL Principle # 4 - Mulch - March 30, 2020
Mulch adds the finishing touch to a landscape, but it also does so much more. Learn about mulch benefits and some good choices for mulch as well.

Tips for New Floridians - March 31, 2020
People new to Florida find that things are quite different in Florida than in most other states. Learn some quick tips to get started on the right track.

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April 2020

Birdwatching Basics - April 1, 2020
Learn how to get started watching and identifying the wide range of birds flying past your windows.

Native Plants - April 2, 2020
This large group of plants can be a great choice for many Florida-Friendly landscapes. See why.

Purchasing Plants - April 3, 2020
Spring is often the time when people think about adding plants to the landscapes. Learn what to look for when you go shopping for your new plants.


FFL Principle # 5 - Attract Wildlife - April 6, 2020
Nature is full of beauty and a landscape if properly designed can provide food and shelter for a wide range of animals. By following a few basic steps, you can bring in the beauty of birds, butterflies and more amazing animals.

Man fertilizing

Turf and Landscape Fertilization - April 7, 2020
Plants need nutrients to grow, but they might not always be available. If you choose to fertilize, learn how to apply these products responsibly.

Lawn mower

Mowing Safety - April 8, 2020
Lawnmowers are powerful pieces of equipment. Learn the steps to mow your lawn and stay safe.


Caladiums - April 9, 2020
Caladiums can be a great addition to the landscape. Their bright colorful leaves can provide a beautiful border or accent in the garden. Find out more about these amazing plants.

Man fertilizing

Figuring Out What Fertilizer to Use - April 10, 2020
When visiting the garden center there are many fertilizer options available. If you choose to fertilize, learn how to select the right product.

FFL Principle # 6 - Manage Yard Pests Responsibly - April 13, 2020
Learn to manage pests responsibly by following these steps: think before you plant; start early; keep plants healthy; scout regularly; go easy on water and fertilizer; mow to the proper height and prune selectively; and encourage beneficial insects.

Grouping plants by their needs - April 14, 2020
Plants have different environmental, nutrient and water needs. Learn how to group plants together strategically to make management easier.

IPM - April 15, 2020
Learn how to prevent and mange pest problems with as few chemicals as possible.

Types of irrigation - April 16, 2020
Irrigation can be a great help to keep your plants alive. Learn about the different types of systems available.

Slow release fertilizer - April 17, 2020
Plants need nutrients to grow. Slow or controlled release fertilizer products provide small amounts of nutrients over an extended period of time, allowing the plants to use the nutirents over time and reducing the potential for pollution.

FFL Principle # 7 - Recycle Yard Waste - April 20, 2020
Learn the benefits of keeping landscape debris on site.

Starting Your Own Compost - April 21, 2020
Florida soils are very often lacking in organic matter. Learn to create your own compost pile and benefit from the completed product.

Mowing Your Lawn - April 22, 2020
Mowing is one of the most common landscape maintenance tasks. Learn the tips to stay safe and keep your turf healthy.

Understanding Fertilizer Labels - April 23, 2020
Have you ever stood in the fertilizer aisle of the nursery or hardware store wondering what to buy? Learn to understand the important information that you can find on the fertilizer label.

Designing Low Water Use Landscapes - April 24, 2020
Water is a precious resource. Discover how to plan your landscape to conserve water.

FFL Principle # 8 - Reduce Stormwater Runoff - April 27, 2020
Stormwater leaving a property can carry all sorts of pollutants. Learn the importance of keeping stormwater onsite and how to go about it.

Salt Tolerant Landscapes - April 28, 2020
If you live near the coast, or you have high saline irrigation, learn how important it is to select plants that tolerate these salty conditions.

Rain Gardens - April 29, 2020
One easy way to keep stormwater on your property is to create a rain garden. Learn what a rain garden is and how to get started.

Pet Friendly Landscaping - April 30, 2020
Landscapes should benefit all of the family members. When designing your landscape don't forget about your pets. Learn what to consider when planning your landscape with your pets in mind.

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May 2020

Lovebugs - May 1, 2020
Lovebugs are pests that we unfortunately see twice each year. Find out more about these pesky insects.

FFL Principle # 9 - Protect The Waterfront - May 4, 2020
Many Floridians live directly on a body of water. Learn tips to manage a landscape in these sensitive areas.

Butterfly Gardening - May 5, 2020
Butterfly gardens are very popular today. To be successful, you need to plan appropriately. Learn what needs to go into a successful butterfly garden.

Landscapes For Kids - May 6, 2020
It is great to get kids outdoors. Encourage them to spend more time in the yard by catering at least part of the landscape to them. Find out how.

Honeybees - May 7, 2020
We all know how important pollinators and especially bees are to our environment. Learn more about these amazing creatures.

Invasive Exotics - May 8, 2020
There are all kinds of exotic plants and animals threatening our state. Learn more about these problem organisms.

How Do My Yard Care Practices Affect Our Water - May 11, 2020
Florida is surrounded by and filled with amazing water bodies. Our landscape choices can have an effect on the quality of these waters. Learn what products to choose and landscape management strategies to protect Florida's water.

Controlling Caterpillars With Bt - May 12, 2020
Pest caterpillars can do some real damage in the landscape. Learn about a less toxic method for managing these insect pests.

Groundcovers - May 13, 2020
Groundcovers are low-growing plants that have many uses in the landscape. They are great choices where grass won't grow and to fill gaps. Discover some great groundcover choices to add to your landscape.

Scouting For Insects With Kids - May 14, 2020
Young people love to learn new things. Help them discover a whole new world outdoors by scouting the landscape for insects.

Planting Shrubs - May 15, 2020
Learn the proper steps and techniques to correctly plant shrubs in the Florida landscape to help them thrive.

Pruning Azaleas - May 18, 2020
The key to getting a full plant that blooms to its full potential is to prune it properly. Discover the best time to prune your azaleas.

Calibrating Irrigation Systems - May 19, 2020
Anyone with an irrigation system needs to know hom much water they are putting out in a given time. Learn how easy it is to calibrate your system.

Using Turf Wisely - May 20, 2020
Turfgrass provides many benefits to the landscape. Learn how to use it to its best advantage.

Summer Bedding Plants - May 21, 2020
Bedding plants help provide that wow factor to any landscape. Learn how to get started.

Preparing Trees for Hurricanes - May 22, 2020
Hurricanes can cause a great deal of damage to our landscapes. Learn how to get your trees ready for the storm.

Sharpening Mower Blades - May 25, 2020
Mowing is necessary for your turf. Learn why it is important to keep your blade sharp.

Summer Vegetable Gardening - May 26, 2020
Summer is a very hot time of the year. Learn what to grow or what to do with your garden through the heat.

Trees and Powerlines - May 27, 2020
Trees provide so many benefits to our environment. Learn how to prevent the problem of large trees being too close to powerlines.

Using Layering to Propagate New Plants - May 28, 2020
It is fun to propagate plants for sharing or use in the landscape. Learn this easy technique for multiplying your plants.

Landscaping for Wildlife - May 29, 2020
We all love to see beatiful wildlife in our yards. Learn strategies to attract more of these amazing creatures.

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June 2020

Creating an Edible Landscape - June 1, 2020
Learn how easy it is to add plants that provide food to your own landscape.

Ladybugs - June 2, 2020
These pests show up twich each year. Learn more about where they come from and more.

Classifying Weeds - June 3, 2020
Weeds are a pain! Learn to classify them into categories to make them easier to control.

Preventing Erosion - June 4, 2020
Erosion causes all kinds of problems in the landscape, including polluting our water. Learn strategies to prevent it.

Perennials - June 5, 2020
Perennials have become very popular. Learn how to add these diverse and beautiful plants to your yard.

Pruning Hedges - June 8, 2020
Hedges need to be pruned correctly to stay full and perform their best. Learn how to keep them full and gorgeous.

Hand Watering - June 9, 2020
Not all homes need extensive sprinkler systems. Especially established landscapes can function very well with just occasional watering to get them through the dry times. This can easily be accomplished by handwatering.

Chinch Bugs - June 10, 2020
Learn about these major pests of St. Augustinegrass and how to manage them.

Rain Barrels - June 11, 2020
We all know that water is a limited resource. In this show, learn how easy it is to capture some of the water coming from your roof and have it to use for your garden.

Solarizing Your Soil - June 12, 2020
Summer is a hot time to work in the garden. Learn to use the power of the sun to kill weeds and other pests to prepare your soil for fall.

Palm Tree Pruning - June 15, 2020
People very often overprune their palms. Learn the correct way to prune your palms.

Calculating Mulch - June 16, 2020
Mulch provides many benefits in the landscape. Learn how easy it is to calculate how much mulch you need to complete your landscape.

Ornamental Grasses - June 17, 2020
Ornamental grasses have become very popular and there are hundreds of choices to select from. Learn more about these versatile plants.

Misleading Plant Names - June 18, 2020
Plant names can be very confusing. Learn why it makes sense to learn and use the Latin name.

Saving Energy in the Landscape - June 19, 2020
Did you know that thoughtful landscaping can reduce your energy bill? Learn some tips to how to get started.

Garden Pathways - June 22, 2020
Garden paths help to define garden spaces. Learn more about these important garden features.

Coastal Gardening - June 23, 2020
Much of our population lives near the coast. Learn valuable tips to have a successful landscape.

Preparing to Plant a Lawn - June 24, 2020
Planting a lawn can be a big project. Learn how to do it right.

Bird Feeders - June 25, 2020
Birds are wonderous creatures. Learn how to get the most from your birdfeeder and be able to enjoy them in your yard.

Muscadine Grapes - June 26, 2020
Muscadine grapes are easy to grow in your Florida garden. Learn why you should plant them.

Lightning Damage to Trees - June 29, 2020
Florida is often called the lightning capital of the world. Learn what effect lightning can have on our trees.

Stepping Stones - June 30, 2020
Stepping stones make it very easy to create usable paths through our landscape. Learn about the different uses.

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July 2020

Water Gardens - July 1, 2020
Water gardens can be a great addition to a Florida yard. Learn how easy it is to get started.

Houseplants for the Forgetful Gardener - July 2, 2020
Houseplants allow you to bring the outdoors in. Learn which houseplants are the best choices to survive a forgetful owner.

Live Oak Trees - July 3, 2020
Live oak trees are staples of the southern landscape. Learn more about these amazing trees.

Rain Gauges - July 6, 2020
Adding a rain gauge to your home or landscape will help you save water and take better care of your plants. Learn more about their benefits.

Bat Houses - July 7, 2020
Bats can consume large quantities of mosquitoes and other insects each night. Learn why you should have one in your landscape.

Earthworms in Your Landscape - July 8, 2020
Earthworms can be a gardener's friend. Learn more about all the benefits they provide.

Irrigation Water Quality - July 9, 2020
Not all water is created equal. Learn how to deal with your irrigation water despite the source.

Understanding Plant Labels - July 10, 2020
When shopping for plants, we often forget to look at the labels. Find out all the valuable information you can find on a plant label.

Sources of Native Plants - July 13, 2020
Native plants can be great to add to your landscape. Learn where best to find them.

Fakahatchee Grass - July 14, 2020
Learn about all the great attributes this native ornamental grass brings to the landscape.

Compost Bins - July 15, 2020
Making compost is easy, especially if you have a bin. Learn why you should want a bin for your compost.

Florida Soils - July 16, 2020
Florida soils are quite diverse. Find out what soils are prevalent in your region.

Hummingbird Gardens - July 17, 2020
Hummingbirds are mezmerizing animals. Learn how to attract these amazing critters to your landscape.

Taking a Soil Sample - July 20, 2020
Knowledge is key. Learn how to take a soil sample and why it is important.

Pruning Young Trees - July 21, 2020
Guiding the growth of trees while they are young prevents a lot of problems in the future. Learn what to look for.

Starting Vegetable Gardens from Seed - July 22, 2020
If you want to have the best selection of varieties, consider starting your garden from seed. This show will get you started.

Lawn Caterpillars - July 23, 2020
Lawn caterpillers can chew up a lawn very quickly. Find out how to deal with these pests.

Vegetable Gardening with Raised Beds - July 24, 2020
Today, raised bed gardening is very popular. It allows control of the soil and makes harvesting easier. Learn more by listening to this episode.

Installing Sod - July 27, 2020
Planting sod creates an instant lawn. Learn the steps involved.

Conserving Water - July 28, 2020
Water is a precious resource. Learn how to save water while caring for your landscape.

Pesticide Safety - July 29, 2020
Pesticides can be useful tools to help manage pests. Find out how to use them safely.

Crape Myrtle - July 30, 2020
Crape Myrtles provide a summer full of color. Learn more about these tough and versatile plants.

Florida Frogs - July 31, 2020
Florida has many different frogs. Learn about resources to help identify them.

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August 2020

Companion Planting - August 3, 2020
Learn to make the most of your vegetable garden by discovering the technique of companion planting.

Microirrigation - August 4, 2020
Microirrigation saves water by putting water where it is needed. Learn how easy it is to get started.

Snails and Slugs - August 5, 2020
Snails and slugs can cause their fair share of damage to your garden. Learn how to manage these pests.

Watering the Lawn - August 6, 2020
Some turfgrass types may need watering during dry times. Discover tips to know when you should water and how much to apply.

Garden Edging - August 7, 2020
Garden edging can complete a landscape and really define garden spaces. Find out more about using these products.

Muhly Grass - August 10, 2020
Ornamental grasses are versatile landscape choices. Learn more about the native Muhly grass.

Wildlife Corridors - August 11, 2020
Some of our native wildlife suffer from a reduction of habitat. Learn how connecting green spaces can make a difference.

Changing an Irrigation Head - August 12, 2020
Irrigation systems save us lots of time, but they do need to be maintained. Discover how easy it is to replace a sprinkler head.

Spot Treating for Pests - August 13, 2020
Learn to better manage pests in the landscape by spot treating. This will save time, chemicals and beneficial organisms.

Vermicomposting - August 14, 2020
Composting with worms can be a fun and easy way to reduce your kitchen and yard waste. Discover more about these amazing creatures.

Sooty Mold - August 17, 2020
Sooty mold can make plants really look bad. Learn more about it and how to prevent it.

Cycads - August 18, 2020
These ancient plants can add a lot of interest to a landscape. Discover which ones to get started with.

Biological Control - August 19, 2020
Insect pests can do a lot of damage in the landscape. Learn how other insects can help you manage pest problems.

Bird Baths - August 20, 2020
It's great to watch birds in our gardens. Discover how to effectively use a birdbath to attract even more.

Mosquito Control - August 21, 2020
The summer rains are great for helping our landscapes, but it can also be a time when mosquitoes are active. Discover tips to reduce their numbers.

Southern Magnolia - August 24, 2020
Southern Magnolia is beautiful stately tree in the south. Learn more about them.

Anticipating Insect Pests - August 25, 2020
Managing pest problems becomes much easier if we know what problems to look for. Discover how this helps.

Coleus - August 26, 2020
Coleus are colorful and versatile annuals for the landscape. Learn more about these easy-to-grow plants.

Wasps - August 27, 2020
Many people fear wasps, but they are actually beneficial. Learn why by listening to this show.

Bald Cypress - August 28, 2020
Bald cypress is an underutilized native landscape tree. Listen to this show to learn more about them.

What is FFL - August 31, 2020
Learn what is included in the Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM Program.

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September 2020

Snakes - September 1, 2020
Many people are afraid of snakes. Learn more about how to deal with these mysterious creatures.

Soil pH and Nutrient Availability - September 2, 2020
The pH of your soil can have profound effects on the nutrients available to plants. Learn where to get started.

Using Your Grass Clippings - September 3, 2020
Summer is the season for mowing. Learn what you should do with your grass clippings.

Cisterns - September 4, 2020
Cisterns are a great tool to harvest water that you can use. Listen to the show to learn more.

FFL Principle #1 - Right Plant Right Place - September 7, 2020
This is the most important principle of the Florida-Friendly Landcaping™ Program. Find out how to get started.

Iron in Water - September 8, 2020
Learn how to deal with irrigation water that is high in iron.

Fertilizer Spreaders - September 9, 2020
Learn how to choose a fertilizer speader to fit your needs.

Saw Palmetto - September 10, 2020
Learn about the benefits of this tough tropical native plant.

Drip Irrigation - September 11, 2020
Discover how easy it is to install a drip irrigation system in your landscape.

FFL Principle #2 - Water Efficiently - September 14, 2020
Learn to save water by watering and irrigating in the most efficient and effective way.

Soil Compaction - September 15, 2020
Soil compaction is a major problem in the landscape. Learn how to deal with this issue.

Gopher Tortoises - September 16, 2020
Learn more about these fascinating creatures.

Needle Palm - September 17, 2020
Needle palms are a very cold-hardy native palm. Discover how to use them in your landscape.

Building Near Trees - September 18, 2020
Construction can cause major damage to trees. Learn how to protect your amazing trees.

FFL Principle #3 - Fertilize Appropriately - September 21, 2020
Plants need nutrients to grow and in most cases get them from the soil. If you choose to fertilize your landscape, learn how to do so while protecting Florida's natural resources.

Choosing a Tree - September 22, 2020
Trees provide many benefits to our homes and landscapes. Learn how to get started choosing the best tree for your site.

Preventing and Capturing Runoff - September 23, 2020
Runoff leaving your property can carry pollutants that can affect area water bodies. In this show you will learn more about the effects of runoff.

Butterfly Ginger - September 24, 2020
Butterfly gingers are a popular perennial for Florida gardens. Learn how they may fit into your garden.

Get Recognized - September 25, 2020
Do you think your yard is Florida-Friendly? Learn more about what it takes to get your yard recognized as an official Florida-Friendly Landscape.

FFL Principle #4 - Mulch - September 28, 2020
Mulch provides many benefits for the Florida landscape. Learn how to choose the best mulch and apply it correctly.

Oriental Persimmon - September 29, 2020
Edible landscaping is very popular. Learn more about the Oriental persimmon and how it fits in your edible garden.

Using Rocks in the Landscape - September 30, 2020
Boulders, pebbles and stones can have many uses in the landscape. Learn how to incorporate rocks into your garden space.

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October 2020

Composting Tips - October 1, 2020
Learn how to get more from your kitchen scraps and yard waste by composting.

Predatory and Parasitic Insects - October 2, 2020
There are many beneficial insects that can help you keep pest insects in check. Learn more about the different types.

FFL Principle #5 - Attract Wildlife - October 5, 2020
We all enjoy watching wildlife. Learn how to enhance your landscape to be able to view even more.

Cool Season Vegetable Gardens - October 6, 2020
We are fortunate to be able to garden throughout the year. Learn what crops can be planted in the cool season.

Chrysanthemums - October 7, 2020
Chrysanthemums are beautiful flowering perennials that really mark the fall. Learn more about these colorful beauties.

Landscaping to Increase Your Home's Value - October 8, 2020
A well-landscaped yard can add real value to your home. Learn how much it can help.

Trees with Fall Color - October 9, 2020
People in Florida often long for the colorful fall foliage they remember from home, but all they need to do is learn what to plant to be able to enjoy these seasonal changes right here in Florida.

FFL Principle #6 - Manage Yard Pests Responsibly - October 12, 2020
Learn to manage pests responsibly by following these steps: think before you plant; start early; keep plants healthy; scout regularly; go easy on water and fertilizer; mow and prune properly; and encourage beneficial insects.

Broccoli - October 13, 2020
Learn how to be successful with this cool season vegetable in your garden.

Sasanqua Camellias - October 14, 2020
Learn more about these versatile landscape plants.

Professional Certification in Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ - October 15, 2020
Learn about the benefits of this new certification program.

Leopard Plant - October 16, 2020
Learn how to use this easy-to-grow shade loving perennial.

FFL Principle #7 - Recycle Yard Waste - October 19, 2020
Learn the benefits of keeping landscape debris on site.

Strawberries - October 20, 2020
Discover how easy it is to grow these tasty treats at home.

Radishes - October 21, 2020
Learn why this is often one of the first vegetables to start your gardening adventure with.

Hiring a Design Professional - October 22, 2020
Designing a landscape can be overwhelming for some people. Get tips to help you hire a professional.

Greens - October 23, 2020
Greens are a staple of southern cuisine. Learn when and how to grow them in your garden.

FFL Principle #8 - Reduce Stormwater Runoff - October 26, 2020
Stormwater leaving a property can carry all sorts of pollutants. Learn the importance of keeping stormwater onsite and how to go about it.

Herbs - October 27, 2020
Fresh herbs can add great flavor to our meals. Learn what herbs need to thrive in the garden.

Lizards in the Landscape - October 28, 2020
Lizards seem to be everywhere. Learn more about these amazing animals.

Indoor Plants - October 29, 2020
Indoor plants help to bring the outdoors inside. Learn how to get started adding plants to your home.

Using Reclaimed Water - October 30, 2020
Reclaimed water where available is a great opportunity to recycle water when irrigating your landscape. Learn more about this reclaimed water in this episode.

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November 2020

FFL Principle #9 - Protect the Waterfront - November 2, 2020
Many Floridians live directly on a body of water. Learn tips to manage a landscape in these sensitive areas.

Identifying Pests - November 3, 2020
It is very important to properly identify pests. Learn where you can go for help.

How Vines Climb - November 4, 2020
Vines are underutilized plants in our landscapes. Learn how these amazing plants move UP in the world.

Greenhouses - November 5, 2020
With cool weather on the way, many people might want to consider adding a greenhouse. Learn how to get started from this episode.

Bordergrass - November 6, 2020
Groundcovers have many uses in the landscape. Learn more about bordergrasses, which are very versatile.