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Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) is the way to help bring your yard in tune with the natural beauty found in Florida by using environmentally friendly gardening and landscaping practices. These practices aid in conserving our water resources and protecting our environment for the future. Your yard can have a conventional or natural look. The practices you use to minimize the impact of both potable water usage and pesticide and fertilizer runoff, as well as to insure habitats for wildlife, make the difference! The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office and the Master Gardener Program are working hard to provide information and resources to help you learn how to make your yard Florida Friendly.

Learn more about our program through the list of resources below:

CoreopsisFor Homeowners

Solutions for your yard: all you need to know about tending a Florida landscape. More . . .

Butterly on FlowerFact Sheets

Fact Sheets

Patsy's Home - Front ViewFlorida-Friendly Landscapes

Sites to visit and landscape examples. More . . .


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SunflowerAnnual Tour

2016 Annual Tour: November 5, 2016; 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., tour begins at Rosemont Clubhouse, 6200 NW 35 Terrace, Gainesville.


Florida Friendly Yard SignYard Recognition

Alachua County recognizes homeowners who are using environmentally friendly gardening and landscaping practices. Yards are evaluated based on a check list of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™. If you are working on having a Florida Friendly yard, you can checkout the FYN checklist at http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/materials/

If you have questions or think you are ready to be recognized, call UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office  at 352-955-2402, to schedule a Master Gardener team to assess your yard.

Purple Cone FlowerLinks

Links to other sites of interest.



FFL Home - Front View

The Nine FFL Principles

See the new E-learning Articulate presentation.

1. Right Plant, Right Place
(933KB pdf)
2. Water Efficiently
(688KB pdf)
3. Fertilize Appropriately
(965KB pdf)
4. Mulch
(515KB pdf)
5. Attact Wildlife
(401KB pdf)
6. Manage Yard Pests Responsibly
(1.4MB pdf)
7. Recycle
(1.12MB pdf)
8. Reduce Storm Water Runoff (586KB pdf)
9. Protect the Waterfront
(672KB pdf)

If you need advice on FFL
E-Mail Denise DeBusk at ddebusk@ufl.edu, Alachua County Office, or call a Master Gardener at 352-955-2402.