The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) Homeowner Program

 

The conservation and protection of Florida’s water resources starts at home. Homeowners’ landscaping choices can affect the health of ground and surface waters, and by extension the natural environment.

The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Homeowner program educates homeowners about how to design, install, and maintain healthy landscapes that use a minimum of water, fertilizer, and pesticides. The result? Low-cost, low-maintenance, attractive landscapes that add value to your community and reduce the chance of polluting the water supply.

Resources
The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook, 4th ed. (2009)
The FYN Handbook is a homeowner’s best resource for learning about the nine FFL principles and how to apply them in the home landscape. Download it from our Web site, or contact FYN Statewide Coordinator Claire Lewis at clairelewis@ufl.edu or (352) 273-4518 to request a copy.

The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Guide to Plant Selection & Landscape Design, 1st ed. (2010) The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Guide to Plant Selection and Landscape Design is intended as a companion to The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook (4th ed., 2009). This guide is intended for homeowners who want to take the next step and design their own Florida-Friendly Landscapes. Included in this book is information on landscape design strategies, a landscape planning worksheet, and the FFL Plant List containing many of the UF/IFAS-recommended Florida-Friendly plants for each region of the state.

Yard Recognition Program
In participating counties, the FYN Homeowner Program recognizes environmentally friendly gardeners with official FFL Yard Recognition signs. A county FYN agent or Yard Advisor will visit your home and use the homeowner checklist to determine whether your yard is eligible for Gold or Silver recognition. This is a great educational opportunity, as well as a chance for you to show your commitment to protecting Florida’s water resources!

The Neighborhood Gardener
The FFL Program, Master Gardener Program, and the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology produce a monthly e-newsletter, The Neighborhood Gardener, for homeowners and Master Gardeners. Filled with Florida-Friendly gardening tips and success stories, the e-newsletter is distributed on the second Friday of every month. Click here to sign up to receive it today!

County Extension Offices
One of the best and most traditional ways to experience UF/IFAS Extension is to visit your county Extension office. Trained horticultural staff and Master Gardener volunteers can answer your specific gardening questions, help you take soil samples, and identify pest insects and weeds. Best of all, wherever FYN operates, your county office will be able to provide you a list of monthly Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ workshops on everything from building a rain barrel to starting a vegetable garden. Don’t wait: click here to find the contact address, phone number, and email for the Extension office in your county.