March 20, 2012

April Is Water Conservation Month

Dale Armstrong
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Coordinator

It may be hard to believe, but the spring dry season is here! And given that central Florida experienced a very warm and dry winter, many of our landscape plants and grasses are already suffering from the reduced rainfall and higher than normal temperatures.

By incorporating some Florida-Friendly Landscaping strategies, you can not only beat the heat and drought, but also help shrink your water bill. April Water Conservation Month brings awareness that by using these strategies in your landscape you'll also do your part to help protect the environment.

Did you know?
  • Landscape sprinkler systems can account for up to 50 to 75 percent of many homes’ water usage during the spring dry season.

  • There are nearly 380 plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and more that are recognized as Florida-friendly. To access the database, and even build an online list for your landscape, visit

  • You don’t have to do it alone! To get more information about landscaping in central Florida visit:

    • AskExtension.Org - to review Frequently Asked Questions or ask your own question of Pinellas County Extension’s horticulture staff.
    • Florida-Friendly Landscaping's page and click on ‘Ask an Expert’ in the top-right corner to have your questions answered by Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ staff.

    Community Water-Wise Awards

    Tampa Bay Water, its Member Governments and the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program are sponsoring the 14th annual Community Water-Wise Awards. These awards recognize individuals and businesses with water-efficient, aesthetically pleasing landscapes.

    If you are interested in learning more about the awards program or would like assistance and information in creating a water-wise landscape, visit, or contact Dale Armstrong at Pinellas County Extension, (727) 582-2108.

    Do you think your landscape is water-wise? Fill out your free application at by June 30, 2012 to find out!

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