EMERGENCY HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES

As the State of Florida prepares for the upcoming storm, please review these resources collected by UF/IFAS Extension.

Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM

Preserving and protecting Florida's water resources is the focus of the Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM (FFL) Program, which promotes 9 key principles with public outreach and education statewide. The FFL Program is a joint venture of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the University of Floirda Institue of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). The FFL Program works in cooperation with the state's five water management districts and other agencies and organizations to achieve the common goals of water conservation and water quality protection.

Knowing ways to conserve water and energy in the landscape is a positive step towards helping the environment for future generations to enjoy! You not only reduce your maintenance, but minimize the amount of water, fertilizer and pesticides that need to be applied to your yard.

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2017 County Recycled Yard Art Contest

Join us at the Hillsborough County Fair October 19-22 and Oct 26-29 for the 2017 Recycled Yard Art Contest! Accepting two and three dimensional art created from items already used for their original purpose. Winners will be chosen in one of four categories: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Adult consisting of individual and group submissions.

Click here for the Flyer
Click here for the Submission Rules
Click here for the Entry Form

 

2017 State Recycled Yard Art Winners

Thank you to everyone who joined us and submitted from February 9-20 at the Florida State Fair for this year's Recycled Yard Art Contest! We received some fabulous two and three dimensional art created from items already used for their original purpose. Winners were chosen in one of four categories: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Adult consisting of individual and group submissions.

And the winners are...


2016 County Recycled Yard Art Awards (Oct)

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Hillsborough County Fair for this year's Recycled Yard Art Contest! Accepting two and three dimensional art created from items already used for their original purpose. Apply in one of our four categories: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Adult consisting of individual and group submissions. First place awards will be given to individual and/or group entries.

And the winners are...

 

2016 State Recycled Yard Art Awards (Feb)

This was the second year we held the Recycled Yard Art Contest at the Florida State Fair. There were 27 entries submitted, 8 more than last year! Click below for the winners and People's Choice Award.

And the winnders are...

 

Results of the 2015 Recycled Yard Art Contest (Oct)

Hillsborough County Extension Service and the Florida State Fair sponsored a Recycled Yard Art Contest in Oct 2015. Congratulations to all who entered the contest! We had a record breaking number of votes and more entries than ever, especially from children, which is great!

 And the winners are...

 

Results of the 2015 Recycled Yard Art Contest (Feb)

Hillsborough County Extension Service and the Florida State Fair sponsored a Recycled Yard Art Contest in February 2015.  Congratulations to all who entered the contest.

And the winners are...

 

Results of the 2014 Recycled Yard Art Contest

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Hillsborough County Extension Service and the Hillsborough County Fair sponsored the Recycled Yard Art Contest held October 2014. Congratulations to all who entered the contest.

And the winners are...

 

Results of the 2013 Recycled Yard Art Contest

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Hillsborough County Extension Service and the Hillsborough County Fair sponsored the Recycled Yard Art Contest held October 16 through Sunday, October 20, 2013. Congratulations to all who entered the contest.

And the winners are....

 

2013 Property Managers Symposium

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Thursday, November 14, 1-5 p.m.
Plant Science Research and Education Unit at the Frank Stronach Conference Center
2556 West Highway 318, Citra, Florida 32113

More Information and Online Registration

 

Mulching Tips

Great time of year to add mulch to your landscape beds.

 

2013 Community Water-Wise Awards

Does your yard have drought-tolerant plants which allow you to water your landscape once a week or less? Do you have rain barrels or a cistern? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be eligible for a Community 'Water-Wise Award! Visit www.tampabaywaterwise.org for more information on the awards and to enter your landscape.

Also watch these Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards videos...

 

Presentation Handouts from “Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ 101 – Wallet-Wise Watering Tips”

     Ground Covers for Central Florida

     High Color, Low Maintenance and Drought Tolerant Plants

     Retention Ponds

     Your Garden & The Disease Triangle

     Irrigation Audits

     Why Turfgrass Fails

     Best Management Practices (including water quality and fertilizer ordinances)

2012 Recycled Yard Art Contest Winners

Here are the winners for the 2012 Recycled Yard Art Contest.
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