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Driveways and Sidewalks

Most home landscapes include a driveway and at least one sidewalk. These are often made of poured concrete since this material is durable, affordable, and relatively simple for builders to install.

But a major drawback of most concrete is that it's impermeable. When it rains, water runs off the concrete and into stormwater drains, carrying potential pollutants with it.

A more environmentally friendly choice for driveways and sidewalks is to use pavers on a sand base or mulch. These materials are porous, so they allow excess rainwater to seep into the ground. This helps to filter pollutants and recharge our groundwater supplies.

By creating a Florida-Friendly driveway or sidewalk, and you'll help protect Florida's environment for generations of future gardeners.

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