Dr. Esen Momol
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. Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ teaches participants about environmentally friendly – yet aesthetically pleasing – landscape design, efficient irrigation, proper fertilizer application, pest management and proper pesticide use, attracting desirable wildlife, and protecting shorelines. Through its network of UF/IFAS Extension Agents and in collaboration with the citizen volunteer Master Gardener Program, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is active in 60 of Florida’s 67 counties. During 2014, Agents and Master Gardeners delivered some 9,364 workshops or other events that promoted some aspect of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™. An individual homeowner in Lake County documented that his Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ saved 574,000-gallons of water over the past 3 years (2012–15); water conservation that saved $1,383 on his water bill. Lakewood Ranch in Manatee County projects that its Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ irrigation and landscaping improvements will save 28%, or $388,000, in irrigation costs during 2015 alone.