Lawn & Garden
The Monroe County Extension Office provides the following information and programs:
Summer Plant Clinics
The Summer Plants Clinics will be held from May through September.
For more information about Plant Clinics, click here.
ATTENTION: If you cannot come to a Plant Clinic or either Extension office (Key West or Key Largo), you can always put your sample in a Ziploc plastic bag, seal it, put it in an envelope (letter, manila, etc.) along with your contact information, write on the envelope "To: Kim Gabel, EXS, Stop #1", and take it to any one of the five Monroe County libraries, where staff will send the envelope through the county courier to our Key West office. Once analyzed, Kim will contact you with the information you need to know to solve your plant and/or insect problem.
NOTE: Please DO NOT send a sample that contains any kind of liquid or white powder!
Green Industries - Best Management Practices (GI-BMP)
Florida Statute §482.1562 states that all commercial fertilizer applicators must have a license from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) by January 1, 2014.
The GI-BMP program has approval for FDACS two CORE and two additional CEUs in the following licenses: Private Applicator - Agriculture, Ornamental & Turf, Limited Lawn & Ornamental, Limited Landscape Maintenance, and Commercial Lawn & Ornamental.
To take the GI-BMP Training online, click here.
For more information regarding pesticide licensing, go to our Pesticide webpage.
Newcomer's Guide to Landscaping
in the Florida Keys
Kim Gabel and the Monroe County Master Gardeners have put together a landscaping brochure for new Keys residents. Click here to read it (pdf).
Attracting Florida Keys Insect Pollinators
For everything you need to know about Attracting Florida Keys Insect Pollinators, read this pdf brochure by Kim Gabel and Master Gardener Ellen Sculley.
And, check out the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge website!
The Master Gardener Program: A volunteer Master Gardener class is provided yearly for residents interested in teaching the community about horticulture. More...
Florida Yards & Neighborhoods
Homeowners and commercial businesses are provided assistance with landscaping and pest control problems with emphasis on the use of native vegetation, best management practices for pest control, and tropical fruit and ornamental gardening. More...
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
What's Bugging South Florida?
Learn more about the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly (also known as Gumbo Limbo Spiraling Whitefly).
Learn more about the Pink Hibiscus Mealybug.
Learn more about the Cotton Seed Bug.
Termites and Mulch
There have been many rumors swirling on the Internet concerning termites being spread throughout the country by large chain stores via bags of landscape mulch. An article from the University of Florida, Department of Entomology and Nematology, will explain the Facts About Termites and Mulch.
Citrus Greening / Huanglongbing
Huanglongbing (HLB) is a serious disease of citrus because it affects all citrus cultivars and causes rapid decline of trees. HLB was discovered in Brazil in 2004 and has seriously affected citrus production in a number of countries in Asia, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and the Arabian Peninsula. More...
Additional Citrus Greening Resources:
- FL Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services / Division of Plant Industry (FDACS / DPI)
- Citrus Canker Guidelines
- Citrus Diseases website
- Citrus Greening on EDIS
- Citrus Greening FAQs - EDIS
- Citrus Greening and Fruit Symptoms
- Citrus Greening and Nutrition Deficiency
- Citrus Pests website
- Solutions for Your Life: Citrus Greening
- UF / IFAS Extension Citrus Greening
- Butterfly Gardening
- Featured Creatures
- Florida Keys Gardening Guide
- Florida Keys Invasive Exotic Removal Guide
- Horticulture Links
- Pesticide Applicators Certification Information
- Tropical Fruit Tree Care & Information
- The Gardener's Guide to Global Warming
Environmental Horticulture Agent
Topics of Interest
- Rugose Spiraling Whitefly
- Pink Hibiscus Mealybug
- Giant Land Crabs
- Lethal Yellowing of Palms
- Cycad Aulacaspis Scale
- Entomology and Nematology Department
- Environmental Horticulture Department
- Extension Soil Testing Laboratory
- Florida-Friendly Landscaping
- Florida Yards & Neighbors
- Gardening in a Minute
- Horticultural Sciences Department
- IPM Florida
- Living Green
- Pesticide Information Office
- Plant Pathology Department
- Soil and Water Science Department