New Resident Information

Are you a new resident to Polk County or to Florida?  Gardening, lawncare and landscaping are very different here.  There may be new plants, new bugs and new trees that you have never seen before.  We hope this list of information makes your transition as a new Polk County resident smooth.  You can pick up hard copies of this information from the Extension Service or request a cd or USB drive of the information below. 

Who to Contact for Help

We Can Help!  Resources for Gardening and Landscaping in Polk County
UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Guide to Services
Polk County Master Gardeners
Helpful Websites for Homeowners
Homeowner Landscape Planning Assistance

Lawn Care

Home Lawn Irrigation
Bahiagrass for Florida Lawns
St. Augustinegrass for Florida Lawns
Mowing Your Florida Lawn
Best Management Practices for the Home Lawn

Landscape Care

Florida-Friendly Landscaping Plant List for Polk County
Florida-Friendly Landscaping Principles
Central Florida Gardening Guide
Do-It-Yourself Guide to Florida-Friendly Fertilizing
Adopting a Florida-Friendly Landscape: Steps for Converting a Typical Development Landscape to a Florida-Friendly Landscape


Managing Imported Fire Ants in Urban Areas
Lovebugs in Florida
Drywood & Dampwood Termites
Insect Management in the Home Garden

Vegetable Gardening & Fruit Trees

Your Dooryard Citrus Guide
Citrus Culture in the Home Landscape  
Citrus Problems in the Home Landscape 
Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide
Soil Sampling and Testing for the Landscape or Vegetable Garden             

Irrigation & Water Conservation

Guide to the Basics of Micro-Irrigation
Rain Barrel Guide
Saving Water Indoors
Saving Water Outdoors
Part-Time Resident's Water Conservation Checklist

Good-To-Know Information

Preventing Septic System Problems
Stormwater Systems in Your Neighborhood
Invasive Aquatic Plants
West-Central Florida's Aquifers