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Eco Minute October 5, 2015

Yard and landscape maintenance don’t have to be a lot of work.  This is Carrie Stevenson.  The University of Florida’s Florida-friendly landscaping program is based on common sense principles.  The first is right plant, right place; which means making sure the soil and light conditions match your plant’s needs.  Next is water efficiently.  Proper irrigation can make or break a new plant, especially a tree.  The third is fertilizing appropriately.  Many native species don’t require much fertilizer at all, but if your vegetables, turf, or flowers do need extra nutrients, make sure you use them properly.  Mulch can be a huge help for enriching soil, as well as reducing weeds and retaining moisture.  Providing habitat for wildlife in your yard not only helps animals survive, but pollinators can be a boost for your vegetable and flower gardens.  If you do come across pest insects, be sure to properly identify the pest so you can manage it responsibly and not cause additional harm.

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist in this area for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failure and continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive. Contact: enid@wuwf.org.