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Florida landscaping: Free resources to enhance your yard

South Florida residents who want tips on selecting the perfect plants for their yards can find lots of free information from landscaping experts in Miami-Dade, Broward & greater Palm Beach. Experts will answer questions via phone and email. Lots of useful information is online for free.

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Master gardeners in Dade, Broward and greater Palm Beach

  • Palm Beach County: 561-233-1750, email questions and photos to mgardenfwd@pbcgov.org
  • Broward County: 954-756-8533, email questions and photos to browardmg@ifas.ufl.edu
  • Miami-Dade County: 305-248-3311, ext. 228; email questions and photos to vcharpentier@ufl.edu

Other resources include:

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences

  • Florida-friendly™ Plant  database interactive website for recommendations on perfect plants using such factors as region, sunlight and soil, includes trees, palms, shrubs, flowers, vines & other plants
  • Vegetable gardening
  • Edibles
  • Perfect Plants for Pollinators
  • “Lettuce in Small Hydroponic Systems”
  • Strawberries: South Florida is a little hot for strawberries. “The variety most likely to take the heat well is Sensation ‘Florida127’. It will maintain fruit size better in the heat and will not become too dark in color — overripe appearance,” says Vance M. Whitaker associate professor of Horticultural Sciences at UF/IFAS at Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. He recommends planting toward the later days of October, & strawberries start to yield in December.

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