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:
Right Plant, Right Place
Plants selected to suit a specific site will require
minimal amounts of water, fertilizers and pesticides.
Irrigate only when your lawn needs water.
Efficient watering is the key to a healthy Florida
yard and conservation of limited resources.
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.
Plants in your yard that provide food, water
and shelter will attract Florida’s diverse wildlife.
Manage 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.
Reduce 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 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
Florida-Friendly Landscaping for Deed Restricted Communities.
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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!
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