Dr. Esen Momol
Director, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) is the emphasis of my extension program. The 2009 Florida Legislature found that FFL serves a compelling public interest in water conservation, protection, and restoration that participation by homeowners associations and local governments is essential, and that deed restrictions or local ordinances may not prohibit FFL use by homeowners.
FFL applies scientific principles to design and maintain attractive and sustainable landscapes that also conserve water and protect natural resources. Of the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™, the first is "right plants, right place," which minimizes the need for supplemental water, fertilizer, and pesticide application. The other key principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ are efficient watering, appropriate fertilization, mulching, attracting wildlife, managing yard pests responsibly, recycling yard waste, reducing storm water runoff, and protecting the waterfront. The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, a partnership between UF/IFAS Extension and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, teaches science-based management practices directly to homeowners and landscaping professionals; practices that not only save water and reduce fertilizer and pesticide use, but save money by preventing surface and ground water contamination.