Outdoors

Florida Friendly Pruning Tips

Lilly Browning is the Hernando County Florida Friendly Plant Program Coordinator

It is feeling a bit like springtime. We’ve had a fairly warm winter, and some of our spring plants are going to start blooming early. That puts us all in a mood to freshen up our yards, and start pruning for the coming season. Here are some pruning tips to remember before you pick up those pruning shears:

Weekend Preview

Sparrow

10TH ANNUAl
SPARROW DRIVE WEEKI WACHEE
PRESERVE SUNDAY, JAN. 21, 2017 9AM-1PM

Widespread in North America, this melodious bird is among the most familiar of birds in the US.
Volunteers will walk in a line, elbow to elbow, to flush sparrows into a row of mist nets. Once the birds have flown into the nets, they will be banded, and then released.

Planting trees in your landscape

by Dr. William Lester, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County and
Patricia Cooke, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County Master Gardener

New trees are a long-term investment. They form the framework for your landscape. Hernando County is in USDA’s hardiness zone 9. Choose varieties of Florida Friendly or native plants that are suited to grow in west central Florida. Ask questions and read plant labels. UF/IFAS has a central Florida tree list with links for details about a number of varieties and site selection criteria. Go to: http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/treesandpowerlines/central_florida.shtml.

Don’t move firewood

wood

UF/IFAS Extension offices and master gardeners frequently receive questions from homeowners about the health and viability of their lawn and landscape plants. By far, the most valuable, long-term investments in the landscape are trees. They provide structure, shade and shelter. Mature trees add resale value to a property too. It is worth taking time to maintain them with proper care.

West Hernando Middle School Grounds and Waterfall Renovated

Volunteers recently completed the renovation of West Hernando Middle School fountain

The act of giving without the expectation of something in return is the true definition of kindness,” quoted West Hernando Middle School Principal Lori Lessley. During a recent visit to the school, Board Member Mark Johnson and Lessley discussed the student-built fountain which has not been running for years. The school has not had funds to repair the fountain.

Local efforts to protect homeless against mosquitos

by Samantha Grenrock
Science Writer, UF/IFAS

Aedes aegypti biting human

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. --- Experts agree that one effective way to protect yourself against mosquitoes —and the diseases they can transmit — is to wear mosquito repellent. But for homeless people, getting access to this kind of protection can be difficult.

In response, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Extension Hernando County has launched Operation Skeeter Stop. Organizers will collect donated containers of mosquito repellent and distribute them to the Hernando County homeless community.

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