One of the most important components of a Florida-friendly yard is the actual trees, plants, shrubs and flowers that live on the property. We are fortunate in Florida to have a wealth of native plants for use in our landscaping design. Here’s why using native plants is so important to a Florida-friendly yard.
- They easily adapt to the climate and soil conditions in which they naturally live – so for Florida, that means lots of sunshine, generally sandy soils, and rainy and dry periods.
- They have fewer pest problems – reducing the need for pesticides.
- They are adapted to their climate and require less water.
- They can bring birds and butterflies into your yard
The easiest way to find the native plants that will work best for your landscape project is to visit the Florida Yards website.
When planning a Florida-friendly yard, keep the large, mature trees that have been on your property for years. Mature shade trees are like giant air conditioners. They not only help remove dust and other pollutants from the air, they cool the air and shade your home.
If you have a native landscape, you could win the The Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards, sponsored by Tampa Bay Water, the UF/IFAS Extension and the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program. The program recognizes homeowners and businesses who are committed to conserving water and protecting the environment by using the most water-efficient landscaping practices.
If you would like to enter this year’s contest, visit tampabaywaterwise.org. Entries are due by June 30.
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