Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute


November 2, 2020
FFL Principle # 9 - Protect the Waterfront

Many Floridians live directly on a body of water. Learn tips to manage a landscape in these sensitive areas.

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Florida is surrounded by and contains amazing water bodies. Many homeowners have property adjacent to water, and enjoy the beautiful scenery and fun water-based activities.

Because everything you put in your landscape can wash into the water, waterfront property takes special care.

To protect water bodies from nutrient and pesticide runoff, create a minimum 10 foot wide “maintenance-free zone” between the lawn or landscape and the water body. Don’t mow, fertilize, or use pesticides in this area.

Try adding a selection of Florida-Friendly, low-maintenance plants in this zone. They can help filter out pesticides and fertilizer runoff from adjacent lawns and landscaped areas.

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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