Many homeowners across the state of Florida have been searching for ways to make their landscape more environmentally friendly as pollution concerns continue to rise. Thanks to the University of Florida, there are some great guidelines set up on how to create Florida-friendly landscaping.

Here are some ways that we at Lithia Landscape & Design can work with you to set up some Florida-friendly landscaping at residential and commercial properties located in and around Tampa Bay areas such as Lithia, Valrico, and Brandon.


9 Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping

These bromeliads in Brandon will flourish well in the Florida climate.

Florida-friendly landscaping was designed to help protect the natural resources in our state through water usage reduction, pollution reduction, creation of wildlife habitats, and erosion prevention.

There are nine principles of Florida-friendly landscaping that address many aspects of landscape design and installation and if a landscape adheres to all of these principles, then it can be named Florida-friendly. These principles, according to the University of Florida, are:

  • Right Plant, Right Place: Choose native plants that will work well with the zone we live in. When plants are suited for their environment, they require less watering and stand up better against insect infestation.
  • Water Efficiently: Using too much water for your lawn and landscaping leads to water waste. Also, try not to water 24 hours after it has already rained or if the weather predicts more rain coming.
  • Fertilize Appropriately: Applying the correct amount of fertilizer at the right times helps to minimize fertilizer runoff getting into water supplies. Excess fertilizer can also affect the surrounding ecosystem.
  • Mulch: Mulch helps to prevent soil erosion in your landscaping and keep in moisture so that you don’t have to water landscaping as often. It also acts as a natural weed barrier.
  • Attract Wildlife: Many creatures such as birds, bees, and other pollinators are displaced due to construction. Creating a space for them in your yard gives them a new environment and allows them to pollinate your landscaping plants.
  • Responsible Management of Yard Pests: By using other, more natural methods to control pests in your yard, you can reduce the number of chemical treatments that are used on your property.
  • Recycle: When you let grass clippings and other yard waste function as mulch or compost, it can help put nutrients back into your landscaping. Use these elements to help boost the strength of your soil.
  • Prevention of Stormwater Runoff: Items you can use in your landscaping to help store rainwater and use it later on in your yard, such as rain barrels, rain gardens, and more help to reduce pollution from fertilizers and other toxins running off into the water supply.
  • Waterfront Protection: If you live near water, keep a 10-foot maintenance free zone around the waterfront. This helps to reduce fertilizers and pesticides in the water and its surrounding watershed.

We Can Design & Install Florida-Friendly Landscaping for Your Property

We planted some crotons in this landscape bed in Brandon, FL.

At Lithia Landscape & Design, we have many years of experience when it comes to choosing high-quality, native Florida plants. We can also take a look at your existing irrigation system and make sure it’s working according to Florida-friendly landscaping standards. We can design and install pollinator gardens, butterfly gardens, herb gardens, and more for your property. Our commonly used native plants include salvia, firebush, wax myrtle, saw palmetto, and many, many more varieties.


Are you looking to create a new look for your landscaping?

Give us a call today at (813) 927-0429. We can help you design new landscaping that is beautiful while also being environmentally-friendly! We can also provide landscape consulting services if you are looking to do a DIY landscape installation. We service properties located in Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, and other surrounding Tampa Bay areas such as FishHawk and Bloomingdale.