Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program (FY&N)

Florida Friendly Landscaping Program
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Florida-friendly gardening workshops

Landscaping Practices Impact on Water Quality

Citrus County Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is offering a free gardening workshop on Tuesday, November 4 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Irrigation management and proper fertilization practices are essential to successful and sustainable gardening. Providing plants with appropriate amounts of supplemental water and proper application of slow release fertilizers are the topics of the day. During cooler seasons supplemental irrigation and application of fertilizers on established lawns and shrubs is often over-done. Let’s talk about appropriate gardening practices and their impact on our water resources. 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.

Right Plant, Right Place

Citrus County Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is offering a free gardening workshop on Tuesday, November 18 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Selecting the right plant for right place is the key to creating an attractive, yet sustainable garden. Selecting the right plant requires knowledge of the plants local hardiness, exposure, mature size and cultural requirements. This workshop will discuss plant materials which are used successfully in our hardiness zone, their growing characteristics and qualities. Large trees, ornamental trees, buffer shrubs, large shrubs, low shrubs, groundcover, perennials and annuals will be the topic. 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.


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.


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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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