Florida-Friendly Landscaping inspires love it or loathe it feelings in The Villages

Love it or hate it, Florida-Friendly Landscaping is celebrating its 28th birthday this month.

Based on a core of nine principles, Florida-friendly landscaping promotes environmentally friendly, sustainable and environmentally friendly landscapes with low impact that conserve water, reduce pollution in Florida’s waters, and protect Florida’s natural resources.

This agency started in February 1993 with a $ 75,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and worked with the University of Florida Department of Food and Agricultural Sciences to create Florida-Friendly Landscaping. Florida-Friendly Landscaping has grown from its humble start into a comprehensive statewide program that operates in 51 of Florida’s 67 counties.

Florida-friendly landscaping isn’t always welcomed in Florida’s friendliest hometown.

Fresh Florida-friendly landscaping was planted in the home at 2113 Sansores St. This photo was taken earlier this month.

A home owned by Snowbirds in New Jersey 2111 Sansores St. in the village of Santo Domingo was recently opened for its Florida-friendly landscaping. Neighbors trying to sell their home recently complained to the Community Development District 2 Board of Trustees. The New Jersey couple have replanted another twist of Florida-friendly landscaping and are on a tight schedule for it to be successfully deployed can. If not, the couple could face fines.

Kathleen Stringer got caught in the hot water because of her Florida-friendly landscaping.

Last year a woman from the Piedmont village asked for forgiveness for fines of $ 400 imposed for her Florida-friendly landscaping. Your neighbors had complained that it looked like “a jungle”.

Craig Bonifant of Amelia Village had the same complaint about a house in his neighborhood. He took his protest to Lake Sumter Landing.

Craig Bonifant took his protest to Lake Sumter Landing.

Despite the fact that some residents are vehemently against Florida-friendly landscaping, head south on State Road 44 and it’s evident that the developer has adopted drought tolerant crops. The plants require less watering than non-native plants.

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