Florida Friendly Landscape Recognition

Another Florida Friendly Yard in St. Lucie County

Students from the new 2018 Master Gardener Training class had the chance to spend a cool Saturday morning recently, recognizing homeowner and Master Gardener, Heather Furnari’s, beautiful landscape as part of the UF/IFAS Florida Friendly Landscape (FFL) Recognition Program.

The recognition process is broken down into required practices and then tiered practices set forth by the UF/IFAS Florida Friendly Landscape (FFL) team.

The  9 principles of a Florida Friendly Landscape are:
Right Plant Right Place
Water Efficiently
Fertilize Appropriately
Mulch
Attract Wildlife
Manage Yard Pests Responsibly
Recycle Yard Waste
Reduce Stormwater Runoff
Protect the Waterfront

Heather achieved silver status and it was clear to everyone, the love and passion she has in her yard.  Meandering beds filled with a variety of plant materials.  Numerous ground covers like the Blue Daze http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/charlotteco/2017/10/31/blue-daze-deep-sky-blue-flowers-abundance/
cascading with it’s bright blue flowers.  Butterfly plants galore attracting our flying friends with snags, watering spots and shelter throughout the yard.
http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/design/types-of-gardens/butterfly-gardens.html

A recent addition of Pine Bark mulch, an automatic rain shut off device and more wildlife habitats allowed the students a chance to see the FFL practice’s Heather was using in her landscape.

For more information on how to get your yard recognized please visit: http://ffl.ifas.ufl.edu/homeowner.htm or if you are a resident of St. Lucie County and would like to get your landscape recognized, contact Kate O’Neill 772-462-1660 or kasmi@ufl.edu