Lee County Extension
Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Tips


  • Group plants according to their maintenance needs. Watering will be easier and more efficient.
  • Calibrate your sprinklers to apply no more than ½ to ¾ inch of water per application. We can show you how.
  • Remove trash and debris from street gutters before it gets washed into storm drains. Remember that much of our storm water ends up in the estuaries and bays.
  • Treat only affected areas for pests- not the whole yard! Learn to identify beneficial insects.
  • Keep 2-3 inches of mulch over the roots of trees, shrubs, and plant beds, but avoid cypress and pine mulch. There are other alternatives to mulch from these beautiful native trees.
  • Fertilize only as needed to maintain the health of lawns and landscape plants. Excess fertilizer can end up in estuaries and bays, and plants that grow too fast can invite pests and disease.
  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn. This recycles nitrogen and reduces the need for fertilizer.
  • Plant vines, shrubs and trees that provide cover, nesting areas, and food. This will increase the diversity of wildlife in your yard and increase habitat areas where they may otherwise be disappearing.
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