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University’s data source is available to all

Q: I read your articles all the time. How do you find the information you use to answer questions? Can I use whatever it is, too?

Answer: Yes, you can use the same source I do. It is http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu. This is the University of Florida’s electronic data information source. Topic categories include: Agriculture, Community Development, Environment, Families & Consumers, 4-H Youth Development and Lawn & Garden.

I use the Lawn & Garden section. Under that section, the categories are: Starting a Garden, Home Lawn & Landscape, Plants & Grasses, Lawn & Garden Problems, Types of Gardens and Professional Lawn & Landscape Services. There is a search bar in the upper right where you can type in whatever you are looking for, such as armadillo control, flowering vines, turfgrass, etc. Under each of those, you will find several publications on that specific topic. It’s an amazing resource, and it’s free. You can read the articles on-line or print them if you prefer.

A day doesn’t go by without my accessing this site … sometimes several times! I hope you find this resource as useful as I do. Thanks for asking.

Lynn Barber is the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods agent at Hillsborough Extension. Reach her at [email protected] .org.

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