Want a more Florida-friendly yard? Use natural resources wisely by conserving water, improving water quality and planting Florida natives.
Check with your county; you may also be able to get a yard sign after review of your landscape. For more information, go to Floridayards.org.
Develop a Plan Based upon Nine Landscape Principles:
- Right plant, right place. Consider your climate, soil type and sun conditions. Create mixed planting beds using Florida-friendly trees, shrubs and groundcovers. Remove invasive plants. Grow diverse trees and shrubs that shade your house.
- Water efficiently. Water in the morning and only as needed. An irrigation system connected to a rain sensor is most efficient.
- Fertilize appropriately. Test your soil before applying fertilizer.
- Mulch. Do not pile mulch up against trees trunks like a volcano. Keep mulch 2″-3″ away from the trunk of trees and shrubs.
- Attract wildlife. Choose plants for shelter and habitat. Provide clean water and food.
- Manage garden pests responsibly. Use the least harmful method to control bad bugs.
- Recycle yard waste. Leave grass clippings on the lawn. Build a compost pile.
- Reduce runoff. Install porous walkways, planting beds and driveways. Create a rain garden. Stop erosion with groundcovers.
- Protect waterfront if applicable. Use native aquatic plants.