Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program (FY&N)

Florida Friendly Landscaping Program
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Florida-friendly gardening workshops

Best Management Practices for Residential Landscape Care

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping is offering a free gardening workshop on June 16, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Practices Nature Coast gardeners should utilize including proper fertilization, responsible pest management, material selection and efficient use of supplemental irrigation will be topics discussed. Selecting the right plant and planting it in the right location is often the principle which provides gardening success. Establishing and maintaining the proper material reduces the amount of water, fertilizer and pest control practices required to sustain the landscape garden you create.

* Both classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto. Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation.

Florida Friendly Landscaping Understanding Soils

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping is offering a free gardening workshop on June 30, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. The components of Florida’s soils and geology need to be considered when making landscaping installation and best management choices. The soil’s pH, proper fertilization choices and appropriate supplemental irrigation practices can impact the sustainability of our ornamental gardens. Learn ways to effectively manage plants growing in sandy Florida soils.

Boat Bash

Photo Above: "The Boat Bash" was held on April 26, 2014 at the Crystal River Preserve during Earth Day/Earth Week to encourage Florida Friendly Landscaping practices such as; fertilization, irrigation, and water harvesting. Steven Davis, FYN Coordinator, (pictured above) was on site to provide information to citizens about best practices.

Prevent Water Loss

Did you know... that each year, the Citrus County Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program conducts educational initiatives throught the community to encourage youth to adopt water conserving behaviors?

In 2012, the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods team connected with 3,532 youth, through sixty-nine educational programs.

9 Florida-Friendly Principles

The Secret to being satisfied with your landscape design is to follow a logical planning process. Follow the steps below, in conjunction with the Florida Yardstick Workbook to help you create a Florida Friendly landscape.

9 Fl. Friendly Principles

Make Your Own Rainbarrel

Rainwater harvesting is always beneficial, whether the water is used to water one houseplant or an entire garden. Also, the act of collecting rainwater can be an inspiration to find other ways to conserve water around the home.

Rainbarrel Instructions

Florida-Friendly Plant Database

Identify the Florida-friendly plants, including Florida native plants, that will work in your yard or landscape design. The plants included in this database are available at nurseries throughout Florida.

Fl. Friendly Plant Database

The use of rain gauges & sensors.

Watch the weather, wait to water

FY&N offers classes and workshops to help residents create and maintain Florida Friendly landscapes. Let FYN help you create a yard you can be proud of and that protects Florida's fragile environment.

FY&N can help you transform your yard into a beautiful oasis that will not only conserve precious water resources and reduce pollution, but will also help you save time, energy and money and preserve Florida's natural environment for future generations. FY&N encourages "Florida Friendly" yards and landscapes by promoting basic landscaping principles to Floridians.

The FY&N program addresses the serious problems of pollution, water shortages and disappearing habitats by enlisting Floridians in the battle to save our natural environment.


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