Florida Yards & Neighborhoods
This Florida Yards & Neighborhoods program covers Glades, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties.
Program objectives are to:
- reduce storm water runoff
- decrease non-point source pollution
- conserve water
- enhance wildlife habitat
- create beautiful landscapes
Rain falls on yards, roads and parking lots, flows from the gutters into storm drains, and then washes into tributaries and lakes or bays, carrying pollutants like fertilizers, pesticides, soil, petroleum products and other pollutants. Scientists have discovered that fertilizers and pesticides from residential areas are serious threats to the health of Florida's water and ecosystems.
Runoff containing nitrogen from fertilizers or toxic substances from pesticides can damage aquatic plants and animals that live in fresh and salt water environments.
FY&N encourages homeowners to water efficiently, mulch, recycle, select the least toxic pest control measures, put the right plant in the right spot, fertilizer only when necessary, provide food, water and shelter for wildlife, protect surface water bodies (i.e., bays, rivers, streams, ponds, etc.) and minimize storm water runoff.
Proper implementation of Florida Yards & Neighborhoods practices in your yard will protect the natural environment around us for future generations to enjoy.
Additional Information about the FYN Program
For further information about the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program, contact:
The Master Gardeners
4509 George Blvd
Sebring, FL 33875
(863) 402-6540 Monday-Friday 9:30am-3:30pm
or email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- FY&N: The First Line of Defense
- Creating a Florida Friendly Yard
- Right Plant, Right Place
- Water Efficiently
- The Dirt on Your Dirt
- Mulch, Mulch, Mulch
- Fertilize Appropriately
- Attract Wildlife
- Manage Yard Pests Responsibly
- Recycling Yard Waste
- Reduce Stormwater Runoff
- Protect the Waterfront
- Do I really Need All That Lawn?