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Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program

Florida Friendly Landscaping psst it's exactly the same logo

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program


Site analysis

  • Know your plant hardiness zone.
  • Do a soil test to find out the pH and nutrient levels present in the soil.
  • Look at information like soil type and drainage on your site. Does it drain well or are there areas that might hold water?
  • Note where your windows, doors, and walks are to avoid blocking them or the view from them. Note where the views are good or bad and consider landscaping to block the bad views.
  • Note areas of sun and shade on your site. Consider how these patterns will change through the seasons.
  • Determine what vegetation and trees you’d like to keep and what you’d like to take out.
  • Identify invasive plants located on the site and plan for removal. Identify and remove invasive plants.
  • Keep structural limitations and obstructions in mind. For example, utility lines, irrigation pipes, telephone lines, both overhead and underground, can help you determine where to locate trees and shrubs.
  • Always call 811 before you dig to locate utility lines.

Knowing Your Plants

  • Know what site conditions your plants need:
    • Choose plants recommended for your USDA Hardiness Zone.
    • Choose plants appropriate to your sun/shade patterns (Full sun, partial shade, or shade).
    • Choose plants that match your site’s water availability (require wet/moist/dry).
  • Know the mature height and width before you choose your plants - remember to choose plants that won’t block windows, walkways and views as they mature. You’ll save time on pruning later.
  • Avoid the urge to overcrowd or over-plant to make a landscape look mature faster. It causes disease and increased maintenance in the long run.
  • Choose low-maintenance plants suited to your site that require little pruning to maintain the desired form. Consider dwarf varieties.
  • Choose a diversity of plants. Your site will be less prone to pests and diseases, and you’ll provide a more diverse wildlife habitat with seasonal interest.
  • Turfgrass can be the right plant for some places just like any other plant. Plan turf areas to be functional and easy to maintain (e.g., play area, erosion control, and nutrient uptake).