Hello, Hillsborough County residents! As your dedicated Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program Coordinator at UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County, I’m thrilled to share how I can help you create a sustainable, beautiful, and eco-friendly landscape right at your doorstep.

Now, let’s delve into what Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ truly entails.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is more than just a set of principles; it’s a way of transforming your outdoor space into a haven that’s both visually stunning and environmentally conscious. Developed by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), these practices aim to conserve water, protect natural resources, and enhance the overall appeal of your property.

But how can I assist you on this journey?

As your go-to Landscape Horticultural Assistant, I’m here to guide you through the process of creating a Florida-Friendly landscape that suits your preferences and our county’s unique climate. I’m passionate about using best management practices for landscape maintenance. Here’s how I can assist you:

  • Consultations: Schedule a one-on-one consultation with me to discuss your landscaping goals. Together, we’ll explore plant selections, water-efficient irrigation, and sustainable maintenance practices.
  • Workshops and Events: Get hands-on with Florida-Friendly Landscaping™! Our workshops and events offer exciting opportunities to learn more about creating and maintaining a beautiful, sustainable landscape that thrives in Florida’s unique climate. Click here for our events page.
  • Resources and Tips: Follow our Facebook page for regular updates, tips, and resources on Florida-Friendly Landscaping™. From seasonal planting guides to water-saving strategies, we’ve got you covered.

Mark your calendars:

On February 22, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. join us at Hillsborough Extension County Office, for 5 presentations covering the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Nine Principles. This informative session, ‘Gardening From the Ground Up’, will delve into the core principles of water conservation, native plant selection, and responsible maintenance practices.

Topics include, Landscape Design tips, the efficiency of Patio Microirrigation, the significance of Healthy Soil for Urban Gardeners, insights about the weeds in your landscape, and the criteria for FFL Home Landscape Recognition. These sessions share valuable insights to improve your gardening skills and support a sustainable, appealing community. Attend for informative talks and lunch, connecting with like-minded residents dedicated to eco-friendly landscaping. To secure your spot, simply click here to register on our Hillsborough County Extension Eventbrite page!

Remember, your landscape can be both a personal sanctuary and a contribution to the well-being of our environment. Join me on this exciting journey to make Hillsborough County a hub of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ excellence!

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by Michael J. Masucci
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