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Your Polk Yard: Landscaping & Gardening the Florida-Friendly Way – A 12-Month Guide and Journal
UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Master Gardeners Volunteer Program
The goal of The Journal is to provide University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services (UF/IFAS) research-based information on landscaping and gardening while also teaching the principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL). “Written for residents of Polk County” means that every piece of information that is compiled and presented within The Journal has been cross-checked and verified with UF/IFAS EDIS documents (EDIS: Electronic Data Information Source) and other relevant Extension publications. Information written specific to Polk County is a valuable resource, providing concise and practical knowledge for residents, who otherwise must sift through various publications for the precise information to our unique area. Their specific needs for relevant information span the gamut from selecting plants to maintenance topics including insect issues, irrigation, lawn care, pruning, soil solarization, and related environmental challenges that home landscapes present. Learning to track landscape issues and recording experiences can be a source of learning and better understanding for residents interested in managing their home landscapes.
The Journal is a resource of handy and practical site-relevant information, presenting monthly landscape and edibles pages featuring monthly “to-do” checklists as well as journal/sketch pages. The Journal is designed to meet the VISION and the MISSION of the Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program as well as the mission and EEO policy of UF/IFAS Extension.