Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program (FY&N)

Florida Friendly Landscaping Program
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Florida-friendly gardening workshops

Let's Plan a Florida-Friendly Yard

Citrus County Florida-friendly Landscaping™ program is offering a free gardening workshop on December 2, 2014 at 2:00-3:30 pm. Winter is a great time to plan and prepare for future projects. Planning or retrofitting your irrigation system, selecting drought tolerant plants to replace ailing lawns and developing a maintenance strategy to successfully garden in Central Florida are all great topics for discussion.  Evaluating your site conditions and selecting the proper plant materials for your site is the first step. Developing a management plan to establish and maintain landscape plants will also be discussed during this workshop. 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.

Stingin' Creatures in Central Florida

Citrus County Florida-friendly Landscaping™ is offering a free gardening workshop on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to3:30 p.m.   Many stinging creatures are both harmful and beneficial.  Some are just harmful.  Honey and  Africanized bees, wasps and biting flies are among the usual suspects, among others to be highlighted. Central Florida gardeners should be aware of the creatures we may disturb during gardening practices. Cultural controls, protective equipment, identification and nesting habitats where the stinging creatures may be found, are the essential topics for this program. Discussion of beneficial habits of these stinging creatures and least harmful control practices is also a priority for this 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.

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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