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Florida Friendly Landscapes Conserve Water and Energy

Florida Friendly Landscape

The design and maintenance of landscapes in residential yards have a significant impact on water shortages and water quality in Florida. Maintenance of traditional landscape plantings can require a large amount of water, fertilizer, and pesticides which can be a serious environmental threat to Florida’s waterbodies.

By adopting Florida-Friendly principles for residential yards homeowners can create environmentally sound landscapes that conserve and protect both water and energy. Homeowners with FFL yards enjoy attractive landscapes and wildlife, save time and money, and protect the quality of Florida’s water by reducing pollution in our waterbodies.

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WHAT IS A FLORIDA-FRIENDLY LANDSCAPE?

A Florida-Friendly Landscape is a quality landscape that is designed, installed, and maintained according to the nine Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles. The nine principles seek to reduce environmental impact from landscaping by properly applying water, fertilizer, and pesticides, creating wildlife habitat, preventing erosion, recycling yard waste, and employing other practices based on University of Florida research.

FLORIDA FRIENDLY DESIGN PRINCIPLES

  1. Right Plant, Right Place
  2. Water Efficiently
  3. Fertilize Appropriately
  4. Mulch
  5. Attract Wildlife
  6. Manage Yard Pests
  7. Responsibly Recycle Yard Waste
  8. Reduce Stormwater Runoff
  9. Protect the Waterfront
    Download Florida-Friendly Design Principles Tip Cards

Sources:
Sarasota Country Extension

FloridaYards.org