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A Florida-Friendly landscape is not only beautiful, it is also environmentally friendly. It stabilizes soil, prevents erosion, filters pollutants, and reduces harmful runoff — all of which contribute to preserving Florida’s unique natural resources. From the fertilizers you apply to the water you use, your gardening choices can have an impact on land, water, and wildlife. What you do in your landscape matters.

Our tips on cost-saving, efficient landscapes will help you reduce water, fertilizer, and pesticide use, not only cutting your environmental impact but slicing your maintenance costs. Plus, a Florida-Friendly landscape can be designed to suit your tastes, community, and lifestyle. Whether you’re establishing a new landscape or making changes to an existing one, follow these nine principles to greater success.

  • Right Plant, Right Place – Enjoy healthier plants and reduce work by using plants suited to your landscape conditions
  • Water Efficiently – Reduce water bills, pest problems, and maintenance needs
  • Fertilize Appropriately – Prevent pollution and maximize plant health
  • Mulch – Keep moisture in the soil, help control weeds, and reduce stormwater runoff
  • Attract Wildlife – Bring your yard to life by providing water, food, and shelter for birds, butterflies, and other creatures
  • Manage Yard Pests Responsibly – Create an effective defense against pests while minimizing your impact on the environment
  • Recycle Yard Waste – Re-use your yard waste to save money and enrich your soil
  • Reduce Stormwater Runoff – Filter rain through your landscape to protect waterways and replenish the aquifer
  • Protect the Waterfront – Help preserve Florida's waterways, plants, and wildlife

Get hands-on with Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ at one of our classes, scheduled throughout the year at locations across the county. Or, learn more at the main IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ site or with the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook (PDF).