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Next Meeting

Friday, March 8, 2024
Eisenhower Regional Center
Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Bus Trip to Bok Towers

Bok Tower

April 10, 2024: See Details

Volunteers Needed

Ways you can Help.

Prepare Your Plants for Freeze

Some good advice from Linda on our Facebook

As I sit down to watch the news this Friday evening, I see we need to plan for a freeze from 1 am to 9 am Sunday morning. Remember that presentation when Gary Babic educated us on how to prepare for cold winter weather? Water everything on Saturday because the ground does not freeze here. The roots of the plants will appreciate that. Bring your potted plants closer to the house, cover with cloth from top all the way to the ground. Pile the mulch around your natives, if you think they need it. Take the cloth off when the sun comes out and the temperature gets above freezing. No plastic covers! Remember that we can’t cut back the trees and bushes until St. Patrick’s Day. Because we may be going through this again, we don’t want our bushes to be making new growth.

Yard Pattern Book

Master Planned Communities

In these developments, the land is cleared of everything often scraping down as much as 8 feet destroying habitat and food for wildlife and native plants.

The natural environment is replaced with stormwater ponds and turf monocultures that depend on inground irrigation systems, regular fertilization, and frequent mowing. As a result, these residential landscapes use an average of 990 gallons of water each time the average yard is watered. That is equivalent to flushing a toilet 774 times or running your dishwasher 50 times! This demand is unsustainable and unnecessary.

The conventional landscaping patterns established in most master-planned communities do little to mitigate or compensate for the larger problem of habitat loss of Florida’s natural ecosystems. It also further contributes to the nutrient pollution (Phosphorus and Nitrogen) that negatively affects Florida’s watersheds and surface waters [1].

But don’t lose hope…there is a better way! Our landscapes can promote healthy soils, conserve water, and provide habitat for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. Our yards can feed our souls.

THE OUTSIDE COLLABORATIVE established this handbook to provide landscape guidelines for sustainable living.

Download The New Yard Pattern Book For Florida’s Sustainable Single Family Homes

UF Herbicide Tolerance Trial has Concluded

Success Read and download results.

Frog fruit (phyla nodiflora)Frog fruit (Phyla nodiflora) is a low-growing plant that is about 3 to 5 inches (7.5 to 13 cm.) in height. It is native to Florida. The plants produce a unique flower from May until October that matures to white blooms with five petals on 4-inch (10 cm.) long spikes. Plants are semi-evergreen and have a high wildlife value. It spreads vigorously and flowers best in sunny damp spots but does well anywhere that gets a bit of sun.

 

Milkweed

Milkweed and Monarchs, from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, provides a concise explanation of the monarch's life cycle. Caution: The milkweed native to Ohio may not be native to Florida and may not grow well here.

Monarchs and Milkweed from the Florida Wildflower Foundations The New Yard Pattern Book

Handbook to provide guidelines for sustainable residential development. This book has emerged from the recent OUTSIDE Conference on sustainable landscapes. Download your free copy

Fall out of Love with your Lawn

Lawns are bad for you, your pets and the planet. It’s time to move on to greener pastures.

Copy this email fnpsthevillagesgmail.com and please volunteer.

Nevada Passes Law to Ban Useless Grass

A Sign of Things to Come?

A new Nevada law will outlaw about 31% of the grass in the Las Vegas area in an effort to conserve water amid a drought that's drying up the region's primary water source: the Colorado River.

What is a Pollinator?

Florida Museum, Daniels Lab, presents Museum in the Parks, Learn About Pollinators

Plants for Pollinators

Craig Heugel talks to Tarflower chapter of FNPS about "Florida's Abundant Asters". Asters are fantastic foundation flowers for pollinators in central Florida. They usually produce many flowers over a long period of time. 

Membership

Your membership dollars support our local chapter. Join or renew FNPS membership. 

Reasons to Join / Renew

Why Grow Native Plants?

What's wrong with the plants the builder gave you? Do local landscapers support Florida ecology? Check out this presentation from the Florida Wildflower Association. The presenter, Doug Tallamy is a well-known entomologist. He has written two best-selling, award-winning non-fiction books - Bringing Nature Home and Nature's Best Refuge.

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More Why Grow Native Plants?

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