The Florida-Friendly Landscaping Guide to Plant Selection & Landscape Design
For more information on Florida-Friendly Landscaping, check out this this Florida-Friendly Landscaping Guide to Plant Selection & Landscape Design.
Florida-Friendly Landscaping ProgramTM
Developed by The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program promotes sustainable alternatives for landscaping, provides guidance on environmentally friendly landscape practices that use water more efficiently and reduces pollution in Florida Waters.
The program is based on 9 basic principles:
- Right Plant, Right Place – group plants based on water and light requirements, soil conditions, wind tolerance, and other factors.
- Water Efficiently – irrigate only if needed and consider recommended rates and schedules. Over watering not only depletes the water resources but can cause roots to weaken and promote pest infestation.
- Fertilize Appropriately – using fertilizers correctly delivers the necessary nutrients for plants while preventing harmful runoff that can pollute our water resources.
- Mulch – utilizing mulch helps retain soil moisture and prevents weed growth.
- Attract wildlife – choose plants that will attract birds, insects, and bats. These will help control pests and pollinate your garden.
- Manage yard pests responsibly – pick pest-resistant plants. When problems arise pick the insects off by hand. Use a more comprehensive approach and learn about Integrated Pest Management, which promotes planning, maintenance, and low toxicity control.
- Recycle Yard Waste – composting your yard waste can return valuable nutrients to your garden.
- Manage Stormwater Runoff – keep rainwater on site by using porous pavers, rain barrels, and swales.
- Protect the waterfront – create a 10-foot maintenance-free zone between your landscape and the water.
You can learn more about Florida Friendly landscaping HERE.
Since native plants are adapted to the local climate and environment, they require little to no irrigation or fertilizer while also providing excellent habitat and forage for wildlife such as birds and butterflies.
For information on native plants, please visit Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS).