Right Plant, Right Place: One of the Keys to an Award-Winning Landscape
The Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards is a program that recognizes homeowners and businesses who are committed to conserving water and protecting the environment by using the most water-efficient landscaping practices in their beautiful landscapes.
This five-part video series that highlights previous winners of the Water-Wise Awards and provides tips on how you can make your landscaping more water-efficient and Florida-friendly. Who knows, maybe this year will be your year!
Are you looking for answers to questions about landscape design and plant selection? It’s as simple as getting the right plant into the right place.
According to the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, achieving a healthy, low-maintenance home landscape starts with putting the right plant in the right place. Here’s how:
- Select plants that match the landscape’s soil, light, water, and climatic conditions. This Florida-Friendly Plant Database helps identify the Florida-friendly plants, including native plants that will work in your landscape design. The database contains a list of recommended trees, palms, shrubs, flowers, groundcover, grasses and vines developed by University of Florida/IFAS horticulture experts.
- Buy quality plants that welcome wildlife. Planting certain trees, shrubs, and flowers can create an inviting atmosphere for songbirds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Consider size and diversity when selecting trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and flowers. Once these plants are established, they’ll require little – if any – supplemental water, fertilizer, or pesticides, saving you time and money.
- Attend a Florida Friendly Landscape workshop:
You might be thinking this sounds complicated. “Just take a little piece at a time,” says 2011 Water-Wise Award winner Tom Ungaro. “It’s part of enjoying what you are doing, and then seeing the results that are very, very rewarding.”
For more information on how you can make your landscape “Water-Wise,” or to learn more about the award program, visit tampabaywaterwise.org.
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