Pasco Cooperative Extension
2014 Sales Tax Holiday for New Energy Star and WaterSense Products September 19-21, 2014
During this holiday period, Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option tax will be collected on the first $1,500 of these products. List of Qualifying Energy Star and WaterSense Products
Pasco Master Gardeners' Annual Plant Sale
Bring your garden cart or red wagon to take advantage of the "dirt-cheap" prices at the Annual Pasco Master Gardeners' Plant Sale to be held Saturday, October 4 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the greenhouse on the fairgrounds (shown below).
A huge variety of annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, herbs, citrus and fruit trees, berry bushes, native plants, butterfly attractors, ornamental, and a great selection of daffodil bulbs suitable for Florida gardens are available, all tagged with growing guides and plant information.
Master Gardeners will be on hand to assist. A children's activity area, "Grandpa's Attic" tag sale, free parking and cold lemonade will make for a great day. A rain barrel workshop is at 10:30 a.m., but pre-registration is required on the Pasco Extension Web site calendar.
The sale is held "rain or shine" and open to the public. For addition information please call the Pasco County Extension office at (352) 518-9156 or visit our Web site calendar listed above.
Phase 2 Water Restrictions for Pasco
You may have heard that the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) issued phase 2 water restrictions for Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties, reducing irrigation with portable (drinking water, well water) to one time per week. This is nothing new for Pasco County, since we have been on once-a-week watering restrictions for over a decade for potable water sources. Reclaimed water is restricted to twice per week.
It is still a good idea to check your irrigation time clock and make sure it is set properly. Frequently we forget to change the clock time when we “fall back” or “spring forward” so make sure it’s reading the correct time. Sometimes the clock is programmed to go off on the wrong day, so find out your day of the week to water on Pasco County's Web site.
Remember there is no watering allowed during the hours of 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and you can only water once on your watering day.
In the winter months, December through February, you can often times skip a week of watering, or if we are getting regular rainfall and seasonal temperatures, turn off the irrigation system. Your can learn more about watering your lawn and landscape at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep054.
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