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.