Water Wise Landscaping

Florida Friendly Landscaping



 It is easy to forget that what you do in your yard may affect our creeks, lakes, aquifer, and springs. To learn more about plants that don't require much water, fertilizers, or pesticides check out FloridaYards.org.  This site even has an interactive yard so you can start planning how to make your landscape more environmentally friendly today!

Click HERE to see EPD's landscaping and lawn care brochure.

View the Alachua County Extension Calendar for Gardening Programs for exciting classes ranging from Lawn Boot Camp to Water Saving Landscapes!

Waterwise Landscaping Plant Database

The St Johns River Water Management District has created a searchable waterwise plant database to help you determine which plants are appropriate for your landscape given the growing conditions of your yard. The database includes great pictures!

Click HERE to search the database!

You can protect springs by:
You can protect springs by:
  • Not using fertilizers (or use no phosphorus, slow release nitrogen ones if you must fertilize)
  • Planting native trees and bushes instead of lawns
  • Conserving water by mulching plants and installing drip irrigation 
  • Maintaining your septic system or upgrading to an advanced system
  • Re-use stormwater by using rain barrels, rain gardens, or other LID techniques
  • Check out this Springs Protection Brochure
  • Support  the acquisition of conservation lands, which are essential for protecting our springs.

New Limits on Fertilizer Use

The use of fertilizers containing nitrogen is  prohibited
 July - February
(starting 10/1/19).
Click HERE to learn more.

How much water do you use per day?

If you receive a utility bill, click HERE to download our calculator!

New Fact Sheet

Landscaping for Water Conservation- includes 30 plants that can thrive on rainwater once established!

New Landscaping Checklist

Checklist for Springs Friendly Landscaping

Ready to replace Turf?

Check out our Turf SWAP program!