Florida Friendly Landscaping / IFAS Info

Ever wondered what native Florida plants you could put in your yard? Or what invasive species to avoid? Or how you can save money with drought friendly plants?

A great place to get info is from the local IFAS extension and other agencies that promote native Florida landscaping. Below is some information and websites to help you.

What is Florida Friendly Landscaping?

“Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ ( FFL ) means using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Learn how you can have a beautiful landscape that could save you time, energy and money while protecting our future.” More info at: http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/

What is IFAS?

The UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service is a partnership between the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners.
Through Extension, Polk County citizens find answers to both every day and difficult issues in a diversity of topic areas, from lowering doctor visit frequency through better nutrition and physical activity, to planting a low water-use Florida yard, to protecting commercial fruit operations from pests and diseases. Find a place for your children to stay safe and build their confidence through the 4-H program, or get a license to spray chemicals as a service for your small lawn and landscape business. More info at: http://polk.ifas.ufl.edu/

More helpful links:

Polk IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping

Florida Yards

“Gardening in a Minute”

Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants


IFAS Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook

Florida Friendly Yard Plant Selection Guide

SWFWMD Rain Barrels Guide PDF