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FFL Principle 8: Reduce Stormwater Runoff

Rainwater can run off your landscape onto asphalt and other hard surfaces where it can’t penetrate into the ground.

But in Florida-Friendly yards, rainwater soaks into the ground and stays on site, helping protect Florida’s waterways.

Reduce the amount of rainfall that leaves your landscape by using porous materials like mulch and pavers for your sidewalks and driveways.

Densely growing turfgrasses and groundcovers help capture rainwater, and can also filter pollutants and reduce erosion.

You can also keep water on site by directing downspouts into landscape beds, planting rain gardens, and using rain barrels and cisterns.

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