Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Florida-Friendly Landscaping Basics

You don't have to be an expert gardener or landscaper to create a Florida-friendly yard. All it takes is a willingness to learn and a desire to build a beautiful yard that helps protect Florida's environment. Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) means using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Learn how you can have a beautiful landscape that could save you time, energy and money while protecting our future.

There are nine principles:
1. Right Plant, Right Place
2. Water Efficiently
3. Fertilize Appropriately
4. Mulch
5. Attract Wildlife
6. Manage Yard Pests Responsibly
7. Recycle
8. Reduce Storm Water Runoff
9. Protect the Waterfront.

You can learn more at the Florida Friendly Landscaping website. Check out the St. Johns River Water Management District's Florida Friendly Plant Database.
Locally, the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Brevard County has unveiled their version of Florida-Friendly Landscaping call My Brevard Yard. They present one or three-hour workshops where you learn:
  • How to figure out how much fertilizer to apply to your lawn,
  • What kind of fertilizer will give you the healthiest lawn,
  • When is the best time to apply fertilizer,
  • How to calculate how long to run your sprinkler system, and
  • How to maintain a healthy lawn while complying with your local fertilizer ordinance.
Call 321-633-1702 x222 or email to schedule a My Brevard Yard workshop in your community. Find out more or find a workshop by visiting UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County.

EPA has some great advise on how to design water efficient landscape.