Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute

Trees and lighthouse

June 23,2020
Coastal Gardening

Much of our population lives near the coast. Learn valuable tips to have a successful landscape.

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More than three-quarters of Florida's population lives in coastal counties. Gardening in these areas requires a little extra planning to deal with the winds, salt, and sandy high-pH soils.

Choose salt-tolerant plants, especially if you live within an eighth of a mile of the coast. These include vines such as bougainvillea, groundcovers like sea oats, and shrubs like wax myrtle.

Be sure to water your plants until they're established, and as needed after that. Protect native plants already growing in your landscape, as they're naturally adapted to coastal conditions.

Create wind screens with fences, sturdy shrubs, or groups of trees. This will help protect your plants from high winds.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute is a production of the University of Florida’s Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, IFAS Extension, and WUFT-FM in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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