If every summer you dread the increase in your utilities bill from watering the lawn, consider using Florida-friendly plants in your landscaping.
Depending on the region of the state that you call home — north, central or south — there are shrubs, flowers, groundcovers, and trees that will thrive.
In partnership with agriculture extension offices and water management districts, FloridaYards.org offers suggestions for creating a Florida-friendly yard. On their website, you’ll find a photo gallery for inspiration, a database of plants, plus an interactive yard program.
Whether you’re an avid gardener or prefer maintenance-free shrubs that need little attention (or water), the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program has the solutions you are looking for. For the best planning dates in your area, be sure to check the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Family Gardening Projects. So, you’re not a huge fan of digging in the dirt or mowing grass by yourself? Consider making gardening and landscaping a family event. If you’re short on time or space, there is a lot you can grow with container gardening. Herbs for cooking or wildflowers to attract butterflies can thrive in containers on your deck or in your yard.
KidsGardening.org offers a list of family gardening activities for children (and grownups!) of all ages.
- Plant a butterfly garden
- Decorate flower pots
- Press flowers
- Make a rain barrel
- Build a bird feeder
Want more family gardening tips? Check out these websites: Parents, How Stuff Works, and Better Homes and Gardens.