09/28/12

WMNF's Official Florida Friendly Landscape Designation

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Thanks to the hard work and creative skills of volunteers Gail and Paul Carroll, WMNF's grounds were just awarded Hillsborough County's official Florida-Friendly Landscape designation.

That honor comes from the Hillsborough County Extension Office, who recognize landscapes that use native Florida plants maintained by sustainable environmental practices. WMNF's yard showcases native species that are often pushed out by invasive plants, and gives them a safe place to flourish. The landscape provides food, water and shelter for birds, butterflies and bees.

We're grateful to Lucy Hoyt and her dedicated team of Florida Master Gardeners, who spent a couple of hours exploring the station's grounds today.

Florida-Friendly Landscapes protect Florida's unique natural resources by conserving water, reducing waste and pollution, creating wildlife habitat, and preventing erosion. Any landscape can be Florida-Friendly if it's designed and cared for according to the nine Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles, which encourage individual expression of landscape beauty.

Nine Florida-Friendly Landscaping Principles

  1. Right Plant, Right Place
  2. Water Efficiently
  3. Fertilize Appropriately
  4. Mulch
  5. Attract Wildlife
  6. Manage Yard Pests Responsibly
  7. Recycle
  8. Prevent Stormwater Runoff
  9. Protect the Waterfront

If you'd like to find out more about Florida native plants, and how you can create a Florida-Friendly Landscape in your own yard, you can check out http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/.