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Smart landscaping in Manatee County
Smart landscaping in Manatee County

Bradenton, Florida -- April is Water Conservation Month and Manatee county wants to remind residents of some of the easy, fun ways to enjoy their garden while being kind to the environment.

On average, up to half of your home water is used outdoors. One way to reduce your water consumption is by practicing Florida-Friendly Landscaping techniques. Florida-Friendly Landscaping, established by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences for the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program, is a commonsense way to landscape that conserves water and protects the environment. Florida-Friendly Landscaping emphasizes nine principles, including the following:

  • Protect the Waterfront — Waterfront property, whether on a river, stream, pond, bay or beach, is very fragile and should be carefully protected to maintain freshwater and marine ecosystems.
  • Attract Wildlife — Plants in your yard that provide food, water and shelter can sustain Florida’s diverse wildlife.
  • Right Plant, Right Place — Plants selected to suit a specific site will require minimal amounts of water, fertilizers and pesticides. Group plants according to their maintenance needs.

Incorporating these simple steps will not only save water, but will help protect the environment for future generations.

For the rest of the nine principles and for more information about how you can conserve water inside and outside your home, please visit the District’s web site at WaterMatters.org/conservation or The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service web site at Manatee.ifas.ufl.edu.   


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