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There are many great online and community resources available to learn more about Florida-friendly yards and landscaping.

To get started on your Florida-friendly landscape you should also consider contacting your local County Extension Office and Florida Yards & Neighborhoods program coordinator. Review the resources below to learn more.

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Graphic link to Florida Friendly Landscaping website

Florida Friendly Landscaping ProgramLink graphic
The Florida Friendly Landscaping program helps residents reduce pollution and enhance their environments by improving yard and landscape management.
Graphic link to the Florida Master Gardener program website
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Florida Master Gardeners are University of Florida-trained volunteer teachers who educate Floridians about gardening and landscaping practices that emphasize environmental stewardship.
Link to Florida-friendly yards website of Southwest Florida Water Management District
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A comprehensive online resource for creating Florida-friendly yards developed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Link to UF/IFAS County Extension Service Office Map
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Link to an interactive map to locate the closest County Extension office. Call or visit your County Extension Service office to learn about Florida-friendly landscaping educational programs.
Downloadable Resources
Graphic link to download PDF The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook
A comprehensive guide and handbook published by the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program to teach Florida-friendly and environmentally sound landscaping practices.
(PDF - 5.5MB)
Graphic link to download PDF Nine Principles for Florida-friendly Landscaping Booklets with information about the Nine Principles of Florida-friendly landscaping.
(PDF - 1.3MB)
Graphic link to download PDF What You Need to Know About Fertilizing Your Lawn and Landscape to Protect Florida's Springs
A homeowner guide to Florida lawn care and landscaping practices emphasizing aquifer and springs protection.
(PDF - 2MB)
Graphic link to download PDF Waterwise Florida Landscapes Guide
A comprehensive guide to waterwise Florida landscaping that emphasizes use of plants and landscaping principles to maximize water conservation. Guide is published by the St. Johns River Water Management District. (PDF - 4.2MB)
Florida Springs
Graphic link to Florida Springs website
Florida's Springs: Protecting Nature's GemsLink graphic
An in-depth multi-media, educational site about springs in Florida.
Graphic link to Wakulla Springs website
Wakulla Spring: A Giant Among UsLink graphic
A multi-media website about Wakulla Spring. The site includes audio slideshows and interactives showing connection between pollution from landscaping and the aquifer.
Graphic link to Florida's Water website
Florida's Water: Ours to ProtectLink graphic
Florida DEP's Comprehensive watershed education resource.
Native and Florida-friendly Plant Resources
Florida Native Plant SocietyLink graphic
Information about all aspects of native plants in Florida.
Association of Florida Native NurseriesLink graphic
Locate nurseries selling Florida native plants.
FNGLA Plant and Nursery LocatorLink graphic
Identify nurseries selling native and non-native Florida-friendly plants.
National Wildlife Federation Native Plant GuideLink graphic
NWF's online native plant resource with information provided by state.
Natives for Your NeighborhoodLink graphic
A database of native plants for South Florida.
Volusia County Native Plants NurseryLink graphic
Supplies native plant materials to public parks, schools, libraries and county common lands.
Stetson University Native Plant InitiativeLink graphic
Information about Florida native plants and the university's plans to use only native plants.
Composting and Recycling Yard Wastes
Florida's Online Composting CenterLink graphic
A comprehensive resource to learn about composting and recycling of yard wastes.
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Includes product recommendations, how-to resources and an active forum on composting related topics.
Lawn Care and Landscape Maintenance
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Comprehensive resources for lawn and garden care.
Univ. of Florida/IFAS Lawngrass and Groundcover SelectionLink graphic
Resources on the proper selection of grasses and groundcovers for your landscape.
Florida Lawn HandbookLink graphic
Comprehensive articles published by Univ. of Florida/IFAS scientists and researchers on all aspects of lawn care.
Managing Insect Pests, Plant Diseases and Invasive Plants
Univ. of Florida/IFAS Disease and Pest ManagementLink graphic
Comprehensive resources on managing and controlling plant disease and pests in the yard and home.
Florida Fish and Wildlife - Invasive Plant ManagementLink graphic
The Florida DEP's online resource for information about invasive and exotic plant control.
Center for Aquatic and Invasive PlantsLink graphic
University of Florida/IFAS's comprehensive online resource about invasive plants.
Landscaping for Wildlife
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Information and certification for those who wish to landscape to benefit and attract wildlife. Resources are provided by the University of Florida/IFAS's Florida Wildlife Extension.
Backyard Wildlife Habitat ProgramLink graphic
Educational information offered by the National Wildlife Federation.
Landscaping Professionals
Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape AssociationLink graphic
Information for homeowners looking for certified landscape and horticulture professionals.
Florida Irrigation SocietyLink graphic
Homeowner information on how to select an irrigation contractor.
Water Conservation and Irrigation Rules
Firewise Landscaping
Florida Division of Forestry - Firewise LandscapingLink graphic
Resources for homeowners interested in learning about landscaping in fire prone areas of Florida.
Regional Resources
South Florida
The Institute for Regional ConservationLink graphic
An excellent online resource that promotes restoration and protection of biodiversity in South Florida. Site includes a plant database of south Florida native plants.
Naturescape BrowardLink graphic
A comprehensive resource for Florida-friendly landscaping managed by Broward County.
Northwest Florida
TAPP - Think About Personal PollutionLink graphic
An online resource focusing on protection of water in northwest Florida. Includes information about rain gardens and rain barrels. image