About Central Florida Gardener

Welcome and thank you for visiting Central Florida Gardener. Florida is a unique state in which to garden. It can be frustrating but also rewarding for gardeners who persevere. This blog was created as a resource for Florida gardeners, both new and experienced, in search of information specifically for Florida gardens.

You are invited to participate by leaving your comments, suggestions, tips and recommendations relevant to Florida gardening - don't be shy! Thank you for dropping by to learn more about gardening in the Sunshine state. I look forward to hearing from you! Susan

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The Handiest Tool for Every Florida Gardener
One of the most important tools for any gardener is the location, telephone number and e-mail address for their local county extension agent. We often forget (or don't realize) that the "real experts" on Florida gardening are right at our fingertips. Most county extension offices have their own Web page with helpful information as well.

I recently spent an hour at my local extension office in Polk county as they worked diligently to identify a tree for me. They were very friendly and eager to help. After searching several reference books, voila' they identified it as a Sugarberry, a native tree. They then went online to provide me with more information. I was thankful for the help and delighted to find out the name of our tree

So, the next time you can't identify an insect that is eating away at your favorite plant or you need some advice on what type of plants to include in your landscape, hop in the car, give them a call or send an e-mail and you will be able to count on receiving the right advice that will save you time and money.

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