Learn to grow an environmentally responsible, low maintenance, yet beautifully landscaped lawn by following the Nine Principles of Florida-friendly Landscaping. The Principles are designed to reduce the demand on Florida's aquifer by minimizing the need for irrigation and to decrease the amount of fertilizers, pesticides, and other pollutants used on lawns which enter our lakes, ponds, and the Indian River Lagoon.
Nine Principles of Florida-friendly Landscaping
|1) Right Plant, Right Place: Plants selected to suit a specific site will require minimal amounts of water, fertilizers and pesticides.
2) Water Efficiently: Irrigate only when your lawn needs water. Efficient watering is the key to a healthy yard and conservation of limited resources.
3) Fertilize Appropriately: Less is often best. Over-use of fertilizers can be hazardous to your yard and the environment.
4) Mulch: Maintain two to three inches of mulch to help retain soil moisture, prevent erosion and suppress weeds.
5) Attract Wildlife: Plants in your yard that provide food, water and shelter can conserve Florida's diverse wildlife.
6) Manage Yard Pests Responsibly: Unwise use of pesticides can harm people, pets, beneficial organisms and the environment.
7) Recycle: Grass clippings, leaves and yard trimmings composted and recycled on site provide nutrients to the soil and reduce waste disposal.
8) Reduce Stormwater Runoff: Water running off your yard can carry pollutants, such as fertilizer, pesticides, soil and debris that can harm water quality. Reduction of this runoff will help prevent pollution.
9) Protect the Waterfront: Waterfront property, whether on a river, stream, pond, bay or beach, is very fragile and should be carefully protected to maintain freshwater and marine ecosystems.
My Brevard Yard
Take advantage of the learning opportunities provided by UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County: The My Brevard Yard program offers workshops and personalized site visits which teach you how to create and maintain a beautiful lawn while minimizing pollutants that enter our waterways.
During the workshops you can expect to learn how to:
Sign up for a site visit to have a University of Florida IFAS Master Gardener visit your home to:
- Understand the appropriate amount of fertilizer your lawn needs.
- Know which fertilizer will give you the healthiest lawn.
- Decide the best time to apply fertilizer.
- Calculate how long to run your sprinkler system.
- Maintain a healthy lawn while complying with your local fertilizer ordinance.
Call (321) 633-1702 x222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a My Brevard Yard workshop in your community
- Answer your lawn and gardening questions
- Teach you how to maintain your fruit trees and vegetable gardens
- Provide solutions to problem areas
- Collect a soil sample to test for nutrients, and test well or surface water for salt content
- Develop a customized fertilizer program for your lawn