Proper landscaping is a fundamental component of both the aesthetic and functional relationship between the building and the other elements of a site. The landscape plan should be integrated into the site from design and construction through operation.
Native landscaping is an integral component of a proper landscape plan and green stormwater technologies, including bioretention, bioswales, rain gardens and green roofs. NatureScape Broward helps people create and maintain attractive, low maintenance and Florida-friendly landscapes that reflect Florida's natural environment. NatureScapes incorporate native plants, landscape best management practices, and green technologies to create sustainable Florida-friendly yards.
- Increased infiltration into the soil, which recharges groundwater supplies.
- A reduction in runoff volume.
- A decrease in irrigation and fertilization needs, improving water quality.
- The provision of food, water and shelter for resident and migrating wildlife.
- An increase in the aesthetic value of yards and neighborhoods
- Plants must be properly placed with respect to sunlight, drainage, irrigation and space requirements.
- Plant beds and turfgrass, if used, must be irrigated on different zones.
- Underground and overhead utilities must be identified and accounted for prior to planting.
See the Retrofit Considerations page for guidance in integrating landscaping with an existing water management system.
Mulch will help keep plant roots moist during drier conditions. It will also absorb runoff from nearby impervious surfaces. Courtesy of SWFWMD
It’s important to leave space around plants so that they have room to grow. Courtesy of SWFWMD
Once completed, this area will require little to no maintenance because the plants used are suited to the region’s climate. Courtesy of SWFWMD