The UF/IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) program helps homeowners find more sustainable alternatives for their landscapes. The changes reduce overall water usage and pollutants that can enter Florida’s waterways, but a bonus effect is long-term cost savings.
“A Florida-friendly landscape can be designed to look the way you want, fit the aesthetics of your community and suit your lifestyle, while being environmentally sustainable,” said Esen Momol, FFL program director. “If you don’t know where to start, seeking guidance from your local UF/IFAS Extension office and Florida Master Gardener Volunteers is always a free and easy phone call or visit away.”
Get familiar with the 9 Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ at ffl.ifas.ufl.edu/about-ffl/9-principles, or be inspired by success stories on the program’s website. Find more information on the benefits of FFL at Ask.IFAS.ufl.edu, including publications like “Twenty-Two Ideas for a Low-Care, Low-Cost Landscape” and “Estimated Water Savings Potential of Florida-Friendly Landscaping Activities.”
Below, the FFL program leaders share a few cost-saving strategies for the home landscape.
Plant selection and installation
• Plant dwarf plants that require less pruning.
• Choose plants that have few pest problems, resulting in savings on pesticides.
• Calibrate your irrigation system.
• Adjust your irrigation clock with the seasons.
Other best management practices
• Use leaves and pine straw from your property as mulch.
• Practice integrated pest management to reduce the amount of pesticides applied.
• Leave grass clippings on the lawn.