Florida Friendly Landscaping Code

Example of a Florida Friendly lawn 

Alachua County has adopted a new code to encourage resilient landscapes that reduce the need for frequent irrigation and the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.

  • Under the new Homeowner Association (HOA) Florida Friendly LandscapingTM Design Standards Ordinance, HOAs may not prohibit the implementation of Florida Friendly Landscaping (FFL).
  • Homeowners still need to follow their HOA covenants, including the process for making landscaping changes.
  • If what the HOA is requiring meets the principles of FFL, then the ordinance has not been violated.
  • If what the HOA is asking a homeowner to do is not FFL, then the HOA is in violation of the Code.
  • A good example is with turf that is failing due to shade or pest issues. If turf keeps failing and the HOA keeps requiring that specific type of sod, one could argue that the sod is not “the right plant in the right place” and therefore is not FFL. In this situation the County would help the HOA and homeowner find an alternative solution.
  • Additionally, covenants adopted after 10/1/19 may not require the installation of irrigation.

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