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Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook 2009 (2nd printing)1

a Florida Friendly Landscaping™ Publication2

Create a Florida-Friendly Landscape

Yards and landscapes can be a positive asset to Florida. You can design and maintain your own Florida-Friendly Landscape by following the simple practices in this book. You will learn the basics of designing a landscape featuring carefully selected plants suited to Florida’s unique climate, natural conditions, and wildlife.

We offer you cost-saving tips that, if implemented properly, will help you reduce water, fertilizer, and pesticide use. There is also a helpful section for waterfront homeowners addressing the special concerns of shoreline landscape management.

Whether you are starting from scratch with a new landscape or considering changes to an existing yard, the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook offers helpful concepts, tools, and techniques for creating your own Florida-Friendly yard. We hope you enjoy the publication and look forward to assisting you in creating an aesthetically pleasing landscape that will also help to protect Florida’s natural resources.

Publication History

This handbook was originally published November 1994 as Bulletin 295, revised March 1996 as SP-191, and revised 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2009.

It was first published in EDIS as SP-191, May 2001. Subsequently published in 2006 and revised 2007, and in 2009 with a revision in 2011.

Portions of this text may be reproduced for non-commercial use only. This booklet was funded in part by a Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program Implementation grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through a contract with the Nonpoint Source Management Section of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Contributors

Amy Alexander, academic program coordinator, Environmental Horticulture Department;

Dale Armstrong, coordinator, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, Pinellas County Extension Office, Largo, Fla.;

Diane Baruch, senior information specialist, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, Environmental Horticulture Department;

Ben Bolusky, cheif executive officer, Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association, Inc., Orlando, Fla.;

Eileen Buss, associate professor, Entomology and Nematology Department;

Chris Claus, water conservation coordinator, City of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Fla.;

Patty Connolly, program assistant;

Dan Culbert, extension agent III, Okeechobee County, Okeechobee, Fla.;

Marina D’Abreau, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, Hillsborough County Extension Office, Seffner, Fla.;

Michael Dukes, professor, Environmental Horticulture Department;

Tracy Floyd;

Allen Garner, coordinator, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, Manatee County Extension Office, Palmetto, Fla.;

Georgia Gelmis, senior information specialist, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, Environmental Horticulture Department;

Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, assistant extension scientist, Entomology and Nematology Department;

Edward Gilman, professor, Environmental Horticulture Department;

Sarah Graddy, senior information specialist, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, Environmental Horticulture Department;

Hugh Gramling, executive director, Tampa Bay Wholesale Growers, Seffner, Fla.;

Paul Hinchcliff, biologist, Florida Department of Environmental Protection;

Michael J. Holsinger, former extension agent, Sarasota County Extension Office, Sarasota, Fla.;

Mary Hoppe, formerly with Tampa Bay Estuary Program, St. Petersburg, Fla.;

Adrian Hunsberger, extension agent IV, Miami-Dade County Extension Office, Homestead, Fla.;

Carol Keiper-Bennett, urban forester, City of Palm Coast, Fla.;

Christine Kelly-Begazo, county extension director III, Indian River County Extension Office, Vero Beach, Fla.;

William H. Kern, Jr., associate professor, Entomology and Nematology Department, Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center--Davie, Fla.;

Gary Knox, professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC)--Quincy, Fla.;

Barbra Larson, coordinator, Program for Resource Efficient Communities;

Mickey MacDonald, science teacher, P.K. Yonge Developmental Reserach School, Gainesville, Fla.;

Kathy Malone, senior information specialist, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, Environmental Horticulture Department;

David Marshall, extension agent IV, Leon County Extension Office, Tallahassee, Fla.;

Julie Martens, free-lance garden writer and editor, Des Moines, Iowa;

Rebecca McNair, former technical specialist, Environmental Horticulture Department;

Russell Mizell, professor, NFREC--Quincy, Fla.;

Esen Momol, program director, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, Environmental Horticulture Department;

Terril Nell, professor emeritus, Environmental Horticulture Department;

Brian Niemann, coordinator, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, Environmental Horticulture Department;

Sydney Park-Brown, associate professor, Environmental Horticulture Departemnt, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center--Plant City, Fla.;

Gale Robinson, grants specialist, Environmental Horticulture Department;

Kathleen Ruppert, extension scientist, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department;

Fred Santana, entomologist, Sarasota County Extension Office, Sarasota, Fla.;

Michael Scheinkman, environmental specialist, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Tallahassee, Fla.;

Bart Schutzman, senior computer programmer, Environmental Horticulture Department;

Mark Shelby, extension agent I, Sarasota County Extension Office, Sarasota, Fla.;

Heidi Smith;

John Stevely, extension agent IV, Manatee County Extension Office, Palmetto, Fla.;

Michael Thomas, technical manager, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Tallahassee, Fla.;

Laurie Trenholm, associate professor, Environmental Horticulture Department;

Brian Unruh, professor, Environmental Horticulture Department;

Teresa Watkins, consultant, Sustainable Horticultural Environments, Orlando, Fla.;

Ondine Wells, coordinator, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, Environmental Horticulture Department;

Celeste White, courtesy extension agent 1, Orange County Extension Office, Orlando, Fla.;

Tom Wichman, extension agent II, Environmental Horticulture Department;

and Ray Zerba, extension agent IV, Clay County Extension Office, Green Cove Springs, Fla.,

For More Information

For references on the information contained in this book and links to additional resources on each of the nine Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles, including many articles on the EDIS Website (Electronic Data Information Source of UF/IFAS Extension), go to http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/ifaspubs.htm. You can also visit http://FloridaYards.org for more information on Florida-Friendly Landscaping or contact your county’s UF/IFAS Extension office and ask for the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods program. See http://directory.ifas.ufl.edu/Dir/searchdir?pageID=3&pl=05 or check the government pages in your phone book to find your county’s Extension office.

USEPA GREENSCAPES:

http://www.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/tools/greenscapes/index.htm [29 October 2012]

FDEP Nonpoint Source Management:

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/nonpoint/pubs.htm

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Pest Control:

http://www.flaes.org/aes-ent/index.html

Footnotes

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This is SP191 (EP079) one of a series of the Environmental Horticulture Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Revised September 2011. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.

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Florida Friendly Landscaping™ Environmental Horticulture Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Funding was also provided by a grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, whose staff contributed significantly to the design and layout of this handbook.


The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.