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Florida Yards & Neighborhoods

For more information or to schedule a Florida Yards & Neighborhoods presentation or for more information, contact: Taryn Sudol
 (407) 665-5575 or

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The Seminole County Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program is a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) science based program.

It is sponsored by all seven cities; Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, and Winter Springs and Seminole County Government.
A Florida-Friendly Landscape is a quality landscape that is designed, installed, and maintained according to the nine Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles.

Give us your input! Click the link below to take a quick survey that will help us shape future programs. The survey should take less than 10 minutes. 

Take a few minutes and review the videos below. 

What are the benefits of designing and installing a
Florida-Friendly Landscape?

  1. It promotes the conservation of water in the landscape.
  2. It reduces the need for chemical applications when proper management techniques are used in your yard.
  3. Saves money and time.
Based on UF/IFAS science, the nine principles teach homeowners, builders, developers, landscape maintenance professionals, and other Florida citizens how to landscape in an environmentally manner.
    Irrigation of lawns and landscape in Central Florida
    represents the single largest use of water from our municipal water
    supplies. This water use has impacted the aquifer, which is the source
    of our drinking water and the water that supports Florida’s springs and other ecosystems. By grouping plants with similar water needs together and adjusting your irrigation system to match, you can save water and promote healthier landscapes!

The water a plant needs changes with the plant's growth cycle. Curious to know how long to run your sprinkler systems for each season? Sign up for our Irrigation Run Time List-serv for quarterly reminders. Email
    Over-use of fertilizers and pesticides on lawns are major sources of pollution in our lakes and rivers. Be sure to apply the proper amount of fertilizers at the correct time to get the most benefit for your plants. Never fertilize before a rain storm!
    Whether you are new to Florida or have lived here all of your life, practical,
    common sense tips you will learn at a Florida Yard and Neighborhood presentation or workshop will:
• save you money
• save you time
• provide a better looking and healthier landscape

Learn more about Florida-Friendly Landscape Principles:

*Right Plant, Right Place
Plants selected to suit a specific site will require minimal amounts of water, fertilizer and pesticides.

*Water Efficiently
Irrigate only when your lawn and landscape need water. Efficient watering is key to a healthy Florida yard and conservation of limited resources.

*Fertilize Appropriately
Less is often best. Over-utilization of fertilizers can be unhealthy to your yard and environment.

Maintaining a 3" layer of mulch will help retain soil moisture, prevent erosion, and suppress weeds.

*Attract Wildlife
Plants in your yard that provide food, water, and shelter can conserve Florida’s diverse wildlife.

*Control Yard Pests Responsibly
Unwise use of pesticides can harm people, pets, beneficial organisms, and the environment.

Grass clippings, leaves, and yard trimmings recycled on site provide nutrients to the soil.

*Reduce Water Runoff
Water running off from your yard can carry pollutants such as soil, debris, fertilizer and pesticides that can adversely impact water quality. Reduction of this runoff will prevent nonpoint source pollution.

*Protect the Waterfront
Gain understanding that everyone lives in a watershed that eventually flows into a waterbody. Every homeowner has an impact on our natural resources.

Florida-Friendly Landscape Principles when practiced will help reduce non-point source pollution from improper fertilization and pesticide practices. Think about your irrigation system, make sure it is efficient and if you have one, reset the timer appropriately. Every drop saved counts! 

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