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Is Your Yard Florida-Friendly? »
Is there anything you can do to help protect your watershed? Sure there is — and one of the best places to start is in your own yard. Not allowed? Perhaps you and your friends could work on your school’s yard, with permission of course. Small changes in yards can help protect Florida’s environment and keep your local water cycle healthy. Hundreds of people move to Florida every day, which means that a lot of natural habitat is taken over by new housing developments.… Read more
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ »
Program Overview Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is a set of nine guiding principles which help protect natural resources and preserve Florida’s unique beauty. A Florida-friendly landscape is beautiful yet saves water and protects the environment too. The University of Florida’s Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) Program provides science-based education on how to create a… Read more
Florida-Friendly Fertilizing »
Healthy Lawns, Healthy Water Sometimes Florida yards need fertilizer to help keep them healthy, but applying too much fertilizer, too often or at the wrong time can cause water pollution. Recent studies have shown that rising nitrate levels in many local water bodies can be traced to fertilizer. Nitrate is a form of nitrogen that is found in inorganic fertilizers. When fertilizer is needed and applied correctly, the lawn absorbs the nitrogen. However,… Read more
Make Your Yard Florida-Friendly »
You can save water, time and money by taking steps now to make your yard Florida-friendly. A properly maintained Florida-friendly yard can help homeowners conserve water and reduce pollution of water resources. A Florida-friendly yard can be beautiful and an asset to the environment, conserving water, protecting natural resources and preserving Florida’s unique beauty. January The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension… Read more
Landscaping at District's Brooksville office earns Florida-friendly yard certification »
The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Brooksville office has been certified by the Hernando County Florida Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN) Program as a Florida-friendly yard.The Florida-friendly yard certification recognizes landscapes that save water, reduce the use of fertilizer and pesticides, as well as reduce runoff and provide native habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife.Work to obtain the certification began about two years ago when Jeff… Read more
"Florida-Friendly Yards, Grow Smart" Campaign Receives Kudos »
The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board celebrated the success of the “Florida-Friendly Yards, Grow Smart” public awareness campaign Tuesday. The Tampa Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) recently presented the District with a Bronze Quill Award for the campaign. The Bronze Quill award recognizes excellence in business communications.Winners of the Bronze Quill Award are eligible for the… Read more
Come Play in the Dirt at the Florida Yard Fandango »
Homeowners and gardening enthusiasts are invited to play in the dirt at the Florida Yard Fandango. This Florida-friendly gardening event is being held at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) on May 6, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.The Florida-friendly workshop is partially funded by a $5,000 Community Education Grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Northwest Hillsborough Basin Board.The goal of this event is promote Florida-friendly landscaping and lawn… Read more
Florida Yard Fandango grows in its second year »
Homeowners and gardening enthusiasts are invited to “play in the dirt” at this year’s Florida Yard Fandango March 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.This is the second year the Florida-friendly gardening event is being held at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI.)The goal of the Fandango is to promote Florida-friendly landscaping and lawn maintenance because it is beautiful and saves water, time and energy. Participants will enjoy touring the butterfly gardens and… Read more
Florida Water Star℠ »
Certifying excellence in water conservation, saving resources and protecting the environment The Florida Water Starsm program is a voluntary certification program for new residential and commercial construction and existing home renovation. The program encourages water efficiency in appliances, plumbing fixtures, irrigation systems and landscapes, as well as water quality benefits from best management practices in landscapes. An average Florida Water Star … Read more
Protecting Florida’s Springs »
Join us in the community effort to restore our springs. Here are a few ways you can help: A spring is only as healthy as its springshed, which is the area of land that contributes water to a spring. Activities within springsheds impact groundwater, and therefore, affect the water flowing from a spring. Help protect local springs by following these tips at home and while visiting a spring. At home: 
  • Use fertilizer sparingly. Too much fertilizer… Read more
Gardeners have two days to visit the Florida Yard Fandango »
Homeowners and gardening enthusiasts are invited to “play in the dirt” at the third annual Florida Yard Fandango March 8-9 at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI.)The goal of the Fandango is to promote Florida-friendly landscaping and lawn maintenance because it is beautiful and saves water, time and energy.This year the gardening event has grown to two days. The first day features gardening classes and a plant auction. Participants have the opportunity to… Read more
Web Site full of Florida-friendly landscaping tips »
Homeowners planning to spruce up their yards have a new tool to use, but it’s not a tool found in the garage. This tool is the web site FloridaYards.orgThe web site features a Florida-friendly plant database, which includes hundreds of color photographs of plants, shrubs and trees. The web site also has pictures of Florida-friendly landscaping in yards throughout the state and an interactive yard tool to help homeowners plan their landscapes.“… Read more
Mayor to declare Florida-friendly landscaping day »
Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio is planning to proclaim March 10 “Florida-friendly Landscaping Day.”This proclamation will take place in the Mayor’s office on Monday, Feb. 5 at 2:30 p.m. It is being made in conjunction with the Florida Yard Fandango, a Florida-friendly gardening event being held March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.This is the second year homeowners and gardening enthusiasts are invited to “play in the dirt” at the Museum of Science and… Read more
Developers honored for using Florida-friendly Landscaping Techniques »
Two developers recently received statewide recognition for using Florida-friendly landscaping techniques in their communities.The University of Floridas Florida Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN), Builder/Developer program presented prestigious Community-Wide Florida-Friendly Landscaping Awards to Lee Wetherington Homes for the Willow Bend community in Sarasota County and King Ranch Manatee for the River Forest community in Manatee County. The awards were presented at Green… Read more
7. Recycle Yard Waste »
Yards generate yard waste like leaves and grass clippings. Some people think yard waste is just more garbage, but others know it makes valuable mulch and compost. How can you keep your landscaping waste in your yard where it belongs? Make sure the grass clippings stay on your lawn when you mow. They’ll help feed the lawn so you won’t need as much fertilizer. Compost — it’s the best way to feed your yard. Some types of yard waste can be turned into rich, nutritious soil… Read more
Enter Your Water-Wise Yard »
Residents have just a few weeks left to enter their water-wise yard in Tampa Bay Water’s annual Water-Wise Awards. If you live in Pasco, Pinellas or Hillsborough counties or the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg or Tampa, you are eligible to enter the contest. The Community Water-Wise Awards program recognizes individuals and businesses that are committed to conserving water resources and protecting the environment by using the best in attractive, Florida-… Read more
Florida-Friendly Workshop Coming Soon to Citrus County »
Spring is the time when many people start thinking about gardening. This spring, Citrus County residents have the opportunity to learn about Florida-friendly landscaping and water-conserving irrigation practices. A “Florida-Friendly Landscaping 101” workshop will be conducted in Lecanto at the Citrus County Canning Center on April 30, 8 a.m to 2 p.m. The workshop will focus on these topics:Right plant, right placeEfficient irrigation and water useFertilizing… Read more
Workshop Aims to Make Hernando County Yards »
Hernando County residents interested in learning about how to create beautiful landscapes, conserve water and protect the environment can take advantage of a unique educational opportunity. A “Florida-Friendly Landscaping Grow Smart” workshop will be conducted in Hernando County at the SNPJ Lodge on March 2. The SNPJ Lodge is located at 13383 County Line Road in Brooksville.The half-day program, open to all Hernando County residents, starts at 8:30 a.m. The… Read more