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Florida-friendly landscaping


  1. Right Plant, Right Place
  2. Water Efficiently
  3. Fertilize Appropriately
  4. Mulch
  5. Attract Wildlife
  6. Manage Yard Pests Responsibly
  7. Recycle
  8. Reduce Stormwater Runoff
  9. Protect the Waterfront

Fertilize Appropriately

When too much fertilizer is applied to landscapes, it seeps past the root zone of the grass, plants or trees and into the aquifer or runs off into water bodies. Plants, animals and people depend on clean water for survival. Follow these tips to help prevent water pollution:

  • Fertilize lawns, trees and plants only to maintain health. Don’t exceed recommended amounts. Fertilizer will not help poor growth caused by too much shade, disease or pests.
  • Use slow-release fertilizers that make nutrients available to plants for a longer time. They are kinder to the environment and are usually more cost-effective.
  • Use iron instead of nitrogen if you want to green-up your lawn.
  • Hold off on fertilizing if a heavy rain is expected, and don’t overirrigate after applying.
  • Follow the application directions on the fertilizer package.
  • Avoid weed and feed products.

Learn more about Florida-friendly fertilizing.

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