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Landscaping for Springs Protection

Outdated landscaping practices that emphasize large lawns requiring heavy irrigation and fertilizer use threaten springs, the aquifer as well as rivers, lakes and bays. Learn how to landscape to protect Florida's waters.

Image of This community in Osprey, Florida requires Florida-Friendly Landscaping, which makes use of native grasses and plants to reduce need for irrigation and reliance on fertilizers.This community in Osprey, Florida requires Florida-Friendly Landscaping, which makes use of native grasses and plants to reduce need for irrigation and reliance on fertilizers. © Russell Sparkman

Protection of springs begins in the yard. Use of fertilizers and pesticides for traditional residential and commercial landscapes is a source of pollutants in the aquifer and our springs. Also, water withdrawn from the aquifer to water lawns and landscaping has a significant impact on spring ecosystems.

The good news is that more Florida residents and communities are embracing "Florida-friendly Landscaping" concepts emphasizing smaller lawns, water conservation and use of native plants and plants best suited to Florida's environment. Learn how your yard can be spring-friendly.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Image of The Interactive Yard is an educational tool designed to teach basic concepts behind Florida-Friendly Landscaping.Zoom+ The Interactive Yard is an educational tool designed to teach basic concepts behind Florida-Friendly Landscaping.

The educational website FloridaYards.org was designed to help Florida residents learn about the basic concepts behind Florida-Friendly Landscaping.

The site includes the Interactive Yard showing users how to replace lawn areas with planted beds featuring Florida-Friendly plants, microirrigation and mulch.

The site also includes a database of Florida Native Plants and other plants that are well-suited to Florida's climate and growing conditions.

Get started on transforming your yard into a landscape that is both beautiful and beneficial to the environment.

Web Resources:

Florida-Friendly Landcaping Website

Florida Native Plant and Florida-Friendly Plant Database


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