Vol 124 (2011): Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society
Ornamental, Garden & Landscape

Successful Implementation of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Community Setting

Lynn A Barber
Hillsborough County and UF/IFAS Extension, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33584
Brian Niemann
University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Environmental Horticulture Department, P.O. Box 110675, 113 Mehrhof Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611-0675
Published December 1, 2011


The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program was created to help preserve, protect, and conserve the state’s natural water resources. The program teaches nine landscaping principles that educate Floridians on how to design, install, and maintain an attractive, healthy, and environmentally-friendly landscape while saving time, energy, and money. These principles include: right plant–right place, water efficiently, fertilize appropriately, maximize mulch, attract wildlife, control yard pests responsibly, recycle, reduce stormwater runoff, and protect the waterfront. Homeowners, builders, developers, community associations, and maintenance professionals are the primary target audiences.