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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


Who likes to weed? Keeping mulch on your plant beds helps control weeds, retain soil moisture and reduce erosion and stormwater runoff. Follow these tips when mulching:

  • Cut down on mowing by replacing grass with mulch in areas that are shaded or difficult to mow.
  • Keep the level of mulch up to 2–3 inches by applying it once or twice a year.
  • Keep mulch 2 inches from the base of plants to avoid disease.
  • Let fallen tree leaves stay under a tree to create self-mulching areas.
  • Look for cypress mulch that is not harvested from Florida’s wetlands.
  • Choose recycled mulch or alternatives like melaleuca, leaves, pine needles or bark.

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