Wild by Design: Attracting Wildlife

February 14, 2016 - 17:18

Lily Browning is the Florida Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator.

Prunus umbellata is a plum species native to the southeastern US.  The tree can reach 20 feet and fruits from August through October. photo credit: Southern Weed Science Society bugwood.org

Florida-Friendly Landscaping principle #5 is “Attract Wildlife.” There are many ways to make small changes in your landscape so you can make the birds, bees, butterflies and many other critters feel at home. Below is a list which will bring your yard to life:

Incorporate Native Plants – Once upon a time, native plants and animals coexisted in what is now your property. Restore some of that balance by bringing in more natives. Wildlife can’t always adapt to differing food and shelter options.

Centralia Today

January 25, 2016 - 20:12
This area was once the float pond, where logs were floated to the sawmill.

Today, it's hard to tell that Centralia was once a community of about 1800 people. The trees which were cleared at the time to make way for a mill, town, housing and rail have taken a strong hold once again. There are relics from the past like brick used in the furnaces, glass and burnt wood/charcoal fragments.

More impressively, the ramp where the logs were rolled up into the mill from the float pond remains as well as the base of the double band saw itself.

Bicycling Brothers Experience Year on the Road

June 24, 2015 - 21:25


When Matt and Andrew Sufficool decided to spend the past year bicycling from one end of the Americas to the other, it definitely raised a few eyebrows.

Andrew Sufficool explained that many younger people under 50 questioned them asking in Andrew's words," ''What do you mean, you guys have to work.' We're like, 'Yeah, we saved our money for a couple years, that's how we can afford to do it,' " Andrew said that they just couldn't comprehend that you don't have to work all the time.

Bear Sighting at Tillis Hill

February 14, 2015 - 15:28

by Hernando Sun Staff and Sid Taylor, Division of Forestry

Sid Taylor, Division of Forestry at Tillis Hill had her first bear sighting (in her twenty years here) 1/2 mile S of Tillis Hill on Dec. 28. She suspects it was a young male looking for territory from the Chassahowitzka area. She found the tracks the next morning. She hopes he stays...but admits he will have to find a female and bring her back here. She has only confirmed one other track here in her career and no confirmed sightings. Taylor was on the Chassahowitzka Working Bear Group for her first 8 or 10 years. There were less than twenty bears at height of the count.

Growing Sweet Potatoes

Submitted by admin on Sat, 02/14/2015 - 2:36pm

Planting & Growing from Slips

Sweet potato grown from slips generally need at least 4 months of frost-free growing. I grow and sell Georgia Jets which is an early variety need about 90-120 days from transplanted slips until the full size tubers can be harvested. Most gardeners start with slips purchased from a local garden center or reputable mail order source. I will have slips available starting in April. Sweet potatoes grow vigorously in warm areas and quickly shade out weeds as the season progresses.

Deer huntin’ goes through March 1 in Zone D!

February 12, 2015 - 15:05

by Tony Young, FWC

As I type this, I just arrived back in the Sunshine State after taking a great cruise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel with my family, my parents and my sister’s family. While the temperatures were certainly warm in the Caribbean, the cooler air here at home immediately reminded me that hunting season is still going strong.

Get Rid of Oxalis Bulbs Before you Plant

February 02, 2015 - 07:50

by Hernando Sun Staff

If your garden is overrun with oxalis, you need to remove all roots and bulbs in order to eradicate it. It is a tedious task but well worth it. Be sure to dispose of the bulbs in the garbage not your compost!

If you have a large infestation and are ahead of the growing season, you can try placing cardboard or plastic over the ground for a few months to kill the weeds.