University of Florida

Florida-Friendly Landscaping for Community Associations

Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Pinellas County offers a service specifically for community associations that is sponsored by Tampa Bay Water and the UF/IFAS Extension, Pinellas County.



This program, coordinated by Doris Heitzmann, offers free on-site landscape evaluations, an evaluation report including recommendations and a presentation of recommendations at board meetings. Landscape elements that will be evaluated include:

Overall design, selection and placement of plants

  • Problem plants, such as diseased trees and invasive plants
  • Irrigation system design and operation
  • Nutritional deficiencies and the application of fertilizers
  • Pest and disease issues and pesticide use on the property
  • Pruning practices

The Community Association Outreach program is based on the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN) program. Landscape evaluations and recommendations are based on scientific research of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Service. Following these recommended practices and Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Principles will result in a landscape that is healthy while having a minimal impact on the environment.

Useful Resources for Community Associations