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What's Florida-Friendly Landscaping™?

The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program protects Florida's natural resources by conserving water, reducing waste and pollution, creating wildlife habitat, and preventing erosion.

From the fertilizers you apply to the water you use, your landscaping choices can have an impact on water and natural resources. What you do in your landscape matters!

Any landscape can be Florida-Friendly if it is designed and cared for according to the nine Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles.

  1. Right Plant, Right Place
  2. Water Efficiently
  3. Fertilize Appropriately
  4. Mulch
  5. Attract Wildlife
  6. Manage Yard Pests Responsibly
  7. Recycle
  8. Reduce Stormwater Runoff
  9. Protect the Waterfront

Homeowners can use such resources as the FYN Handbook and its companion, the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Guide to Plant Selection and Landscape Design. In participating counties, the FYN Homeowner Program recognizes environmentally friendly gardeners with official FFL Yard Recognition signs.

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