Pointers for easy pest control in your garden

Spring gardening is upon us, a time when many Florida gardeners plant vegetables, trees and landscape shrubs. If we have turf, we pay attention to bare spots, patches and insects. As your plants and turf grow, be on the lookout for pests and problems. Try to notice issues early and get help from your local Extension office, if needed. Some of the easiest and least expensive strategies … [Read more...]

Time to walk to school on Wednesday

Drivers should be extra careful on school routes Wednesday as many students will take to the street. It's part of International Walk to School Day, which raises awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. It also emphasizes the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian … [Read more...]

Take steps to protect yourself against West Nile virus

A human case of the West Nile virus has been confirmed in Pasco County, and officials are advising residents to take precautions to avoid becoming ill. It is important for people to “cover and drain” — meaning they should wear clothing or use repellent to avoid mosquito bites and should drain standing water on their property, said Deanna Krautner, public information officer for the Florida … [Read more...]

Tax holiday for Energy Star, WaterSense products

This weekend might be the perfect time to get that appliance you've been waiting for. This year's tax holiday on appliances certified by Energy Star or WaterSense begins just after midnight Sept. 19, and run through the end of the day Sept. 21. During the period, no sales tax or local option taxes will be collected on the first $1,500 of the sales price of a new qualifying Energy Star or … [Read more...]