Ever hear the term “Florida-Friendly Landscape” and wonder what exactly it meant? It’s actually a very detailed approach to creating and maintaining an environmentally responsible landscape!
So what exactly is it?
Florida-Friendly Landscaping is a trademarked concept created by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services (UF/IFAS) with support and cooperation from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
The primary goal of Florida Friendly Landscaping (FFL) is to protect our natural water resources by conserving water, reducing waste and pollution, creating wildlife habitat and preventing erosion. The FFL concepts include proper plant selection and care as well as overall landscape design.
Florida-Friendly Landscaping is based on nine principles designed to create and maintain landscapes that are visually attractive as well as attractive to wildlife and reduce environmental impacts. The 9 principles are:
- Right Plant – Right Place: Certain plants will flourish based on the conditions in the areas they are planted. Make sure the plants you select will thrive in the areas natural conditions where you are planting.
- Water Efficiently: Irrigation is key to maintaining a beautiful lawn and landscape. Check your irrigation system regularly to ensure it’s providing proper coverage.
- Fertilize Appropriately
- Mulch: Utilize mulch in open areas of planting beds to protect against erosion, maintain soil moisture and inhibit weed growth.
- Attract Wildlife: Tree-sized shrubs provide a nesting place for birds and those with berries provide a food source.
- Manage Yard Pests Responsibly: Overuse of one particular type of plant stimulates an increase in pest problems.
- Manage Storm-water Runoff
- Protect the Waterfront
All Massey Services Landscape Team Members are trained on the Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FFL) program and its concepts. If you would like to have a Florida-Friendly Landscape for your home, contact the experts at Massey today and schedule a free inspection!