Florida Yards & Neighborhoods

Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) provides education on the 9 Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM principles throughout the Miami-Dade County to homeowners, landscape maintenance firms, municipalities, and other groups. 

The nine principles of Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM:

Right Plant, Right Place Manage Yard Pests Responsibly
Water Efficiently Recycle Yard Waste
Fertilize Appropriately Reduce Stormwater Runoff
Mulch Protect the Waterfront
Attract Wildlife Click here for upcoming workshops!

For additional information, videos, and interesting updates please visit the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Blog titled Green Yards Miami.

Florida-Friendly Yard

Florida-friendly Yards can take any form, from highly manicured to more natural. How you maintain your yard is what ultimately determines if it is Florida-friendly.

Certified Florida Yard sign

Think your yard may be Florida-Friendly?

Yards are evaluated based on a checklist of Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM (FFL) practices.  By meeting the minimum requirements and collecting at least 50 points, your yard can be certified.  Owners of Florida-friendly yards receive a sign to display in the yard and a certificate.

Don't meet the minimum requirement for certification? No need to worry, click here for resources that will assist you.

Ready to have your yard recognized click here

Irrigation Retrofit Rebate Program


Irrigation assessments are performed by the Urban Conservation Unit for homeowners and large properties. Participants can receive rebates for retrofitting the irrigation system to improve water efficiency. Homeowners can receive up to $500 for up to 5 years. Large Properties can receive up to $2,850 for one year and a smart contoller if applicable.

Sign up and receive:

  • a free irrigation assessment
  • a rebate for retrofitting your irrigation system to improve efficiency

Participants must fill out the application form below and receive the irrigation assessment before retrofitting the irrigation system.

Join today and commit to protecting our water resources!


Large Property

Vivendas Grandes

Single Family Home  

Vivendas Unifamiliares


Guides to improving your irrigation system:

Steps to Retrofit: adding an irrigation control device

Steps to Retrofit: improving irrigation system design

Florida Backyard Wildlife Habitat

The University of Florida "Backyard Wildlife Habitat" Program is a second yard certification available. The certification is for residents interested in attracting or providing a refuge for wildlife in their own yards.

If you are interested in having your yard certified as a “Florida Backyard Wildlife Habitat” just click here to download the application.  Since this program is not local there is a $5.00 fee for the cost of the sign once you have been certified. Please make check payable to: University of Florida

Contact the Team

For more information about any of these programs, please feel free to contact: 305.248.3311

FYN Agent- Vacant


Laura Vasquez  

Urban Hort. Program Specialist

x 239 lavasquez@ufl.edu

Barbara McAdam  

Urban Hort. Program Specialist

 x 245 bmcadam@ufl.edu

Jesus Lomeli  

Urban Hort. Program Specialist

 x 246 jlomeli@ufl.edu

The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program (FYN) is funded through the Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department (MDWSD), The Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM), and The Miami-Dade Solid Waste Management Department (MDSWMD). We would like to thank these agencies for taking such great interest in this tremendously beneficial program for our community.

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