How to go native
There are many local resources to help residents develop a native landscape.
University of Florida/UFIS Extension Office – One of the best places to start is with Julie McConnell and team of Master Gardeners at our local UF/UFIS Horticulture Extension Office. Whether choosing appropriate plants, needing pest control tips, or seeking information about lawn care (including soil tests), the UF/UFIS Extension Office offers information and expert advice for all your gardening needs.
Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Homeowner program educates homeowners about how to design, install, and maintain healthy landscapes that use a minimum of water, fertilizer, and pesticides, resulting in low-cost, low-maintenance, attractive landscapes that add value to our community and reduce poll the water supply.
Florida Friendly Landscaping means using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Proper implementation of the nine FFL principles in your yard will protect the natural environment around us for future generations to enjoy.
- Right plant, right place
- Water efficiently
- Fertilize appropriately
- Attract wildlife
- Manage yard pests responsibly
- Recycle yard waste
- Reduce stormwater runoff
- Protect the waterfront
National Wildlife Federation– Committed to ensuringwildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world, the NWF is a useful resource for native plant info and great kid/family-friendly projects and programs
Florida Wildflower Foundation– promotes the awareness, understanding and enjoyment of Florida’s native wildflowers through education, planting and research projects that increase the presence of wildflowers and support the wildlife depending upon them.
Florida Native Plant Society– promotes the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.