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Florida Friendly Landscaping

ffl-success-headerA Florida-friendly yard doesn’t merely offer a beautiful landscape — it also becomes an asset to the environment, protecting natural resources and preserving Florida’s unique beauty. Recognizing that the home landscape is part of a larger natural system will help in creating a Florida-friendly yard.

The University of Florida’s Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) Program provides science-based education to the public on how to create a Florida-friendly yard. The Southwest Florida Water Management District partners with the university to provide the education outreach by supporting FYN programs through county Extension offices in 11 of its 16 counties.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ can be considered an expansion of Xeriscape. A Florida-friendly yard goes beyond Xeriscape, which was started in Colorado, to better fit our unique geography. It includes best management practices concerning stormwater runoff and living on a waterfront.

A properly maintained Florida-friendly yard can help homeowners conserve water and reduce pollution of water resources. The Florida-friendly approach to landscaping emphasizes nine interrelated principles.

The Nine Florida-Friendly Landscaping Principles (Presentation)

  1. Right plant, right place
    Plants selected to suit a specific site will require minimal amounts of water, fertilizers and pesticides. Learn more... 
  2. Water efficiently
    Irrigate only when your lawn needs water. Efficient watering is the key to healthy Florida yard and conservation of limited resources. Learn more...
  3. Fertilize appropriately
    Less is often best. Overuse of fertilizers can be hazardous to your yard and the environment. Learn more... 
  4. Mulch
    Maintaining a 3-inch layer of mulch will help retain soil moisture, prevent erosion and suppress weeds. Learn more...
  5. Attract wildlife
    Plants in your yard that provide food, water and shelter will attract Florida’s diverse wildlife. Learn more... 
  6. Manage yard pests responsibly
    Unwise use of pesticides can harm people, pets, beneficial organisms and the environment. Learn more... 
  7. Recycle
    Grass clippings and leaves provide nutrients to the soil and reduce waste disposal when reused on the landscape. Learn more...
  8. Reduce stormwater runoff
    Water running off your landscape can carry pollutants such as soil, debris, fertilizer, gasoline and pesticides that can adversely impact water quality. Reduction of this runoff will help prevent nonpoint-source pollution. Learn more...
  9. Protect the waterfront
    Waterfront property, whether on a river, stream, pond, bay or beach, is very fragile and should be carefully protected to maintain freshwater and marine ecosystems. Learn more...