Rotarians learn more about Florida-friendly landscaping
Gardener Angela Sachson, from the Florida Yards and
Neighborhoods (FYN) spoke to local Rotarians this week concerning
The goal of the
There are nine Florida-friendly landscaping principles set forth by the
“Right plant, right place” means to match the plant to the site conditions. In
Watering efficiently can be a challenge due to droughts and water restrictions, however the following watering tips can help reduce the need for frequent watering: mow your lawn at the highest recommended setting for your grass type to allow for deeper roots; keep mower blades sharp, leaves cut by a dull blade need more water; apply the same amount of water at each application; and train grass roots to grow deep by applying ½ to ¾ of an inch of water per application.
appropriately begins with choosing the right fertilizer. According to the
A mulch layer of 2 to 3 inches is recommended for areas around trees, shrubs and planted beds. In areas that are difficult to mow, irrigate or maintain, mulch can be a good alternative to turf or groundcovers.
When mulching, make sure that the base of the plant or tree is uncovered so that moisture is not held against the stem or trunk. This could cause mold or create a habitat for different pests.
Attracting wildlife to your landscape can be done by providing food for the types of wildlife that you want in your yard, such as birds or butterflies. Creating landscaping islands and natural corridors of plants that connect bordering properties can encourage travel of animals from one natural area to the next which would foster wildlife on a larger neighborhood scale. Mrs. Sachson suggested making sure you not only paid attention to the low and high areas with landscaping but maintain a middle covering as well which allows animals to feel protected.
Managing yard pests responsibly is important to the water quality as well. The
helps utilize natural fertilizers for the lawn.
Water percolating through the ground is the natural way for the water to be cleaned as it is sifted down through dirt and sediment. Stormwater run-off is the result of heavy rainfall which is typical during
It is best for the water to be able to soak into the soil to be cleaned before re-entering the water table. This allows the least amount of chemicals to be put back into the water supply.
The ninth principal is to protect the waterfront. Freshwater considerations include possibly designating a maintenance free zone of at least ten feet between the lawn and landscaping and the body of water. Enhance natural wetland vegetation with additional plantings in this area, but do not mow, fertilize or apply pesticides to this zone. This will help lessen runoff into the water.
The next upcoming workshop is a Butterfly Garden Workshop to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from until at the Okeechobee County Extension Office. Pre-registration is required, call (863) 763-6469 to sign up.