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2022 Community Water Wise Awards: Is your yard a winner? Enter your landscape today to find out!


May 5, 2022

By: Doris Heitzmann, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program Manager.   The Community Water Wise Awards Program is sponsored by Tampa Bay Water and was created to recognize individuals and businesses committed to conserving water ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Landscape, Landscaping, Water, Water Wise
frost on grass

Cool Temperature Turf Grass Management


November 15, 2021

It may seem laughable to most Americans that Florida does experience a "real winter". However, there are many who are very aware that the temperatures have dropped and that their plants are reacting to this change. The Master Gardeners often ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, SFYL Hot Topic, Turf
Tags: Cool Weather Lawn, Florida Friendly Lawn, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, St Augustine Grass, Turf Dormancy, Water Wise
Muhly grass, backlit by the warm glow of autumn sun

We need to hear from YOU!


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

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
Flowering shrub in dappled sunlight - Walter's viburnum

The “FFL Law” – It’s complicated…


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
Flowering shrub in dappled sunlight - Walter's viburnum

Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards – ENTER TODAY!


June 11, 2021

Could you have the next winner?     The annual Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards Program is on the lookout for landscapes that showcase the best in "water-wise" design and maintenance. This annual contest is open to residents, ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: #SaveWaterFL, Award, Efficient Irrigation, Environment, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Landscape, Landscaping, Plant Selection, Resilient Landscaping, Right Place, Right Plant, Water Conservation, Water Wise
Water pours out across sidewalk from damaged sprinkler head

Sprinkler tune-up!


March 4, 2021

It's time for a sprinkler tune-up! With another "dry season" approaching in central FL, it's time to make sure your sprinkler system is putting water where it's needed, when it's needed...   So, if you're a DIY person, get ready ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn
Tags: #SaveWaterFL, Central Florida, Drought, Dry Season, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Irrigation, Saving Water, Spring, Sprinklers, Water Conservation, Water Wise
Monarda punctata flowers

Let’s See Your Landscape!


August 5, 2020

We want to see your landscape! At UF/IFAS Extension, we spend a lot of time looking at landscapes in distress. Pests, disease diagnosis, water issues, mucky ponds, invasive plants, etc. Don't get me wrong... it's our specialty, and we ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: #SaveWaterFL, Drought Tolerant Plants, FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Landscape, Landscaping, Resilient Landscaping, Right Place, Right Plant, Smart Irrigation, Water Conservation, Water Wise, Wildlife
Vibrant flowers

Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards Program – 2020!


May 26, 2020

Attention gardeners! Landscape designers! Green-industry pros! The annual Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards Program is on the lookout for landscapes that showcase the best in "water-wise" design and maintenance. The annual contest is ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: #SaveWaterFL, Aesthetics, Curb Appeal, Drought Tolerant Plants, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Irrigation, Landscape, Landscaping, Reslilient Landscaping, Right Place, Right Plant, Smart Irrigation, Water Conservation, Water Wise

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