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Designing Low-Water Use Landscapes

Water is a precious resource that we all need. To conserve water, design your Florida-Friendly landscape to thrive mainly on rainfall.

Use the oasis approach, placing high-maintenance plants in areas with the most visual impact, like entranceways and patios. These areas of your landscape will need the most care.

Group plants that have similar water needs together in the rest of your landscape. If you have an irrigation system, you can set individual zones for different water requirements.

Use a two- to three-inch layer of mulch in your planting beds to help keep moisture in. Choose drought-tolerant plants, and consider a drought-tolerant turf such as bahia.

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