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Lilly Browning, Program Coordinator

Hernando County Utilities Department
21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34601
Call (352) 540-6230 for an appointment or to schedule a presentation.

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Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FFL) is a program of the University of Florida
and is funded by the Hernando County Utilities Department.


What is Florida-Friendly Landscaping?
FFL in your landscape allows you to incorporate beauty and good design, while helping to protect Florida’s unique natural resources. Florida-friendly landscapes conserve water, reduce waste and pollution, create wildlife habitat and prevent erosion.Any landscape can be Florida-friendly if it is designed and cared for
according to the following nine science-based FFL principles

rprpwebRight Plant, Right Place
Plants selected to suit a specific site will require
minimal amounts of water, fertilizers and pesticides.



Water_EfficientlyWater Efficiently
Irrigate only when your lawn needs water.
Efficient watering is the key to a healthy Florida
yard and conservation of limited resources.

Fertilize_AppropriatelywebFertilize Appropriately
Less is often best. Overuse of fertilizers can be
hazardous to your yard and the environment


Maintaining a 3-inch layer of mulch will help
retain soil moisture, prevent erosion and suppress weeds.

Attract_wildlifeAttract Wildlife
Plants in your yard that provide food, water
and shelter will attract Florida’s diverse wildlife.

Manage_Yard_PestsManage Yard Pests Responsibly
Unwise use of pesticides can harm people,
pets, beneficial organisms and the environment.

Grass clippings and leaves provide nutrients to the soil
and reduce waste disposal when reused on the landscape.


Finished_barrelReduce Stormwater Runoff
Water running off your landscape can carry pollutants
such as soil, debris, fertilizer, gasoline and pesticides
that can adversely impact water quality. Reduction
of this runoff will help prevent nonpoint-source pollution.


Protect_the_WaterfrontwebProtect the Waterfront
Waterfront property, whether on a river, stream, pond,
bay or beach, is very fragile and should be carefully
protected to maintain freshwater and marine ecosystems.


The articles below are available by clicking


Florida Landscaping: Right Plant, Right Place

Tips for Successful Sod Replacement

Landscaping for Hurricanes in Hernando County, FL

Florida-Friendly Landscaping: Mulch

Florida Plants That Can Poison Your Pets

Attacking Weeds Without Chemicals in Hernando County, FL

Time For the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Soggy Soil Can Make Your Landscape Sick

10 Tips to Get Your Plants Ready for Winter

A Brief History of Poinsettias

Hernando County's New Fertilizer Ordinance

New landscaping video: http://hernandocountyfl.iqm2.com/citizens/Media.aspx


Educational Video:
Florida-Friendly Landscaping for Deed Restricted Communities.

Click on the logo below for in-depth information on Florida-Friendly Landscaping


Hundreds of educational publications are available from IFAS Electronic Digital Information Source. Click here.



Skip A Week of Irrigation in the cooler months
During cooler months in fall and winter, your lawn doesn’t need watering every week. It’s the best time to train your yard to need less water! Skipping a week of watering is as easy as “off” for residents with irrigation timers. Turn the timer to "off" for the week that you want to skip, and "on" for the week that you want to water. So only water your lawn every other week and only if it needs it. If everyone skipped one week of irrigation this season, it could save an estimated 1.9 billion gallons of water.

Too much irrigation:
• Makes your lawn less able to survive droughts
• Encourages pests and disease
• Wastes water
How much is enough?
• Grass doesn’t need as much water in the cooler months
• Apply 1/2" to 3/4" of water
• Water only every 10-14 days in the winter

Your lawn needs watering when:

• Grass blades are folded in half on at least one-third of your yard
• Grass blades appear blue-gray
• Your footprint remains on the lawn

So skip a week of watering — it just makes sense!


HandbookFlorida-Friendly Handbook

Florida-Friendly Landscaping  
Guide to Plant Selection  
and Landscape Design



For Tips on Successful Sod Replacement - For DIY (Weekend Warriors).

Working with Landscape Professionals.

Searchable Plant Sites:
Water-Wise Landscaping

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Lilly's Blog Print

Click the link below to check out Lilly's blog.




Learn How to Construct A Rain Barrel Print

Watch a short video and create your own rain barrel!

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Water Awareness Series Print

Water Awareness Series by Hernando County Utilities Department


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Thu Aug 04 @10:30AM -
The Facts About Fertilizing

Wed Aug 31 @10:30AM -
Rain Barrel Workshop

Wed Sep 14 @10:30AM -
Low Maintenance-Low Cost Landscapes

Fri Sep 16 @10:00AM -
Trees! Marvelous Trees!

Sat Sep 17 @10:30AM -
Rain Barrel Workshop