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A Landscape Guide for New Florida Residents

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November 8, 2022

Florida is an unique and special place. No wonder why so many folks from other states move here! If you've recently moved to Florida and are struggling to understand your yard, use the resources outlined in this guide to help you get acquainted ... READ MORE

Category: , Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Recreation, Turf, UF/IFAS, Water, Work & Life
Tags: Florida Friendly Landscape, Home Landscapes, Homeowner Resources, Irrigation, Save Water, Water Conservaton

Does your Irrigation Make Sense, WaterSense?

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September 12, 2022

Does your irrigation system make sense? Are your sprinklers working for you or against you in your mission to irrigate efficiently? Luckily, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a label to distinguish water-efficient products ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Lawn, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: EPA, Irrigation, Landscape, Save Water, Smart Irrigation, Sprinklers, Water Conservation, Water Pressure, WaterSense

The Rain Sensor: Is your Rainy Season Hero Alive and Well?

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June 14, 2022

Over here in Southwest Florida, rainy season has officially begun! The unsung hero of the rainy season is none-other than the rain sensor! Rain sensors interrupt your irrigation system controller's programmed schedule when adequate rainfall ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Lawn, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Irrigation, Mobile Irrigation Lab, Rain, Rain Sensor, Save Water, Sprinklers, Water Conservation
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We need to hear from YOU!

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October 12, 2021

We need to hear from you!   Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts about our Florida-Friendly Landscaping outreach. Click the following Qualtrics link to participate in a brief anonymous survey. LINK: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9zNZnEd2ZAnx9s2     Why ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Lawn, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf, Water, Wildlife
Tags: #floridafriendly, #SaveWaterFL, #WorkSmarterNotHarder, Featured, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Landscape, Landscapes, Landscaping, Resilient Landscaping, Save Water, Saving Water, Smart Irrigation, Smart Water Application Technology, Trees, Water Conservation, Water Wise

Top 5 Reasons You Should Check Your Sprinklers NOW!

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September 3, 2021

      Yes, it's been raining buckets all summer. Hopefully your sprinklers have gotten a good rest... BUT... when the fall "dry season" arrives in central FL, are your sprinklers ready to put water where it's needed, when ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: #SaveWaterFL, #WorkSmarterNotHarder, Dry Season, Efficient Irrigation, Fall, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Irrigation, Landscaping, Resilient Landscaping, Save Water, Saving Water, Seasonal, Smart Irrigation, Sprinklers, Water Conservation

Check for Operational Irrigation Rain Shutoff—It is the Law


July 6, 2021

It is important for us to conserve water in our landscapes anywhere that we can, so let’s make the easy improvements first! ALL landscape irrigation systems REQUIRE a rain sensor or other type of shut off device. This ensures that you are ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Cflandscapes, FFL, Florida Freindly, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Hwooten, Irrigation, Irrigation Shut Off, Landscape, Law, Rain, Rain Sensor, Rain Shut-off, Rainy Season, Save Water, Sensor, Shut Off, Water Wise
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The “FFL Law” – It’s complicated…

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June 25, 2021

Q: Is there really a Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ law that allows homeowners to remove their turfgrass and install Florida-Friendly Landscaping without HOA permission?   A: Not exactly... It’s a little more complicated.     Back ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn
Tags: #SaveWaterFL, Codes, Deed-restricted Community, Drought Tolerant Plants, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, HOA, Landscape, Landscaping, Resilient Landscaping, Right Place, Right Plant, Save Water, Water Conservation, Water Wise
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Save Some Water – Meet our Mobile Irrigation Lab Team

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May 21, 2018

The Manatee County Extension Service Mobile Irrigation Lab will come to your home or business and conduct a full evaluation of the landscape and irrigation system to help you save on your outdoor irrigation water use. Do you have an automatic ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Florida Friendly Landscape, Irrigation, Mobile Irrigation Lab, Outdoor Water, Save Water, Water Conservation

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