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Florida-Friendly Landscapes

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 landscapes work with the environment and tend to take less maintenance. They're based on the nine principles of the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program.

Florida-Friendly landscaping can blend attractively into any community or landscaping plan.

Decide how much grass you need and replace the rest with low maintenance groundcovers and shrubs. Create large, naturally mulched areas around trees—they'll look nice, and won't need raking or trimming. Add a water feature for wildlife and choose plants that require less water and have fewer pest problems.

Landscaping the Florida-Friendly way means having a beautiful landscape that could save you time, energy, and money while protecting Florida's future. Find out more from the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program or your county Extension's FYN program.


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