Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program (FY&N)

Florida Friendly Landscaping Program
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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.

Florida-friendly gardening workshops

Responsible Pest Management

Citrus County Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is offering a free gardening pest management workshop on August 5, 2014 from 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm. Managing lawn and landscape pests requires regular inspection and pest identification knowledge to correctly survey and successfully control infestations.  Many pest problems can be seasonally anticipated or eliminated through resistant plant material selection.  Florida Friendly Landscaping™ practices use the least toxic method to manage  pest problems in the landscape.  Poor and unnecessary pest management practices eliminate beneficial predator insects. . 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.

Efficient Irrigation

Citrus County Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is offering a free efficient irrigation  workshop on August 19, 2014 from 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm.  Management of our water resources starts with conservation at home. Landscape irrigation is supplemental. Gardening practices such as seasonal scheduling, catch can calibration and selection of plant materials tolerant of droughty conditions are essential to creating a sustainable landscape. Thorough and infrequent watering produces a plant with deeper roots promoting draught tolerance and hardiness during the cooler seasons. Over watering is not a beneficial practice and often inhibits a successful lawn or garden. 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.


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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.
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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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