The roots are those attached to trees on your property and native plants that make up your landscape. Probably one of the most important components of a Florida-friendly yard is the actual trees, plants, shrubs and flowers that live on the property. Here in Florida, we are fortunate to have a wealth of native plants for use in our landscaping design. Why is using native plants so important to a Florida-friendly yard? There are several reasons:
The easiest way to find the native plants that will work best for your landscape project is to visit the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program website
When planning a Florida-friendly yard, keep the large, mature trees that have resided 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 actually cool the air and shade your house.
The Tampa Bay Community Water Wise Awards, sponsored by Tampa Bay Water, the UF/IFAS Extension and the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ 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 awards.tampabaywaterwise.org. Entries are due by June 30.