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Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) means using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Learn how you can have a beautiful landscape that could save you time, energy and money while protecting our future. See the Florida Friendly Landscaping™ program website for training, contact information and more information about the program.

What is Florida-Friendly Landscaping™?

EP607/ENH1343by Esen Momol, Michael Scheinkman, Michael Thomas, Tom Wichman, Gail Hansen, Claire Lewis, Jennifer Marvin, Lynn Barber, Tiare Silvasy, Terra Freeman, Tina McIntyre, Emily Brown, Amanda Peck, and John BossartJuly 14th, 2021Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) provides science-based landscape design and plant selection practices for installing and maintaining resilient, aesthetically pleasing landscapes. Once established, FFL landscapes require little, if any, irrigation, fertilizer, or pesticides. This new 7-page publication of the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department provides a brief overview of the FFL program, outreach, and requirements.

4-H Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Workbook

4H422/4H422by John Pipoly, Angelina Toomey, Sarah Hensley, Esen Momol, Jennifer W. Marvin, and Kelly PerezOctober 5th, 2021This curriculum addresses Florida’s unique environment and may be used alone or as a supplement to the 4-H Junior Master Gardener curriculum. This curriculum targets youth in grades 6 to 8 (ages 10 to 14) and contains both in-classroom and home activities that allow youth to understand and engage the world around them, thereby helping them gain life skills in the areas of Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. This is the student workbook; 48 pp.

Using Economic Incentives to Encourage Sustainable Alternative Residential Landscaping Practices in Florida

FE1120/FE1120by Hayk Khachatryan, Alicia Rihn, Xumin Zhang, and Michael DukesJuly 18th, 2022This report is the third in a series from the Sustainable Residential Landscape Project. This report summarizes Floridian homeowners’ interest in and response to economic incentives to encourage the installation of more sustainable alternative residential landscapes based on a survey. Written by Hayk Khachatryan, Alicia Rihn, Xumin Zhang, and Michael Dukes, and published by the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department, July 2022.

4-H Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Leader Guide

4H411/4H411 by John Pipoly, Angelina Toomey, Sarah Hensley, Esen Momol, Jennifer W. Marvin, and Kelly PerezOctober 5th, 2021This curriculum addresses Florida’s unique environment and may be used alone or as a supplement to the 4-H Junior Master Gardener curriculum. Youth will learn nine basic principles of FFL, including water, soil, and vegetation conservation through landscape and gardening activities. This curriculum targets youth in grades 6 to 8 (ages 10 to 14) and contains both in-classroom and home activities that allow youth to understand and engage the world around them. 137 pp.

Estimated Water Savings Potential of Florida-Friendly Landscaping Activities

AE515/AE515 by Mackenzie Boyer and Michael DukesNovember 20th, 2018

Floridian Households’ Perceptions of Florida-Friendly Landscapes

FE1099/FE1099by Hayk Khachatryan, Alicia Rihn, Xumin Zhang, and Michael DukesJune 20th, 2021This report summarizes Floridian homeowners’ perceptions of Florida-Friendly Landscapes, which aim to reduce inputs and costs while improving environmental health. Written by Hayk Khachatryan, Alicia Rihn, Xumin Zhang, and Michael Dukes, and published by the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department, May 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions about Landscape Irrigation for Florida-Friendly Landscaping Ordinances

WQ142/ENH1114 by Michael D. Dukes, Laurie E. Trenholm, Ed Gilman, Chris J. Martinez, John L. Cisar, Thomas H. Yeager, Amy Shober, and Geoffrey DennyDecember 14th, 2020

Questions and Answers: 2009 Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Legislation

EP440/ENH1179 by Esen Momol, Jane Tolbert, Marina D'Abreau, Terril Nell, Gail Hansen, Gary Knox, Michael Thomas, Kristine Jones, Jim Spratt, Claire Lewis, and Kathy MaloneFebruary 21st, 2021

Recycling Organic Materials to Improve Your Florida-Friendly Edible Landscape

EP599/ENH1335 by Terra Freeman, Tiare Silvasy, Lynn Barber, Tom Wichman, Esen Momol, Tina McIntyre, Jacqlyn Rivas, and Jen MarvinFebruary 16th, 2021This publication is intended to educate homeowners on environmentally friendly ways to enhance soil fertility for vegetables, herbs, and fruits in the home landscape. It discusses strategies for recycling nutrients in place or via composting systems to create productive edible landscapes with less waste. Adopting these methods into your landscape maintenance routine will build organic matter and add nutrients to the soil naturally.