Septic systems are common throughout most rural areas, and their care and maintenance are essential to the health of people, wildlife, livestock, agricultural commodities, and water resources. One way to ensure optimal performance of your septic system is to landscape appropriately near the drain field. The purpose of this new 3-page publication of the UF/IFAS Department of Soil and Water Sciences is to provide landscape management guidance for septic system drain fields. Information presented here will be useful for homeowners, landscape management professionals, and Extension agents who work in horticulture, natural resources, agriculture, and family services. Written by Whitney C. Elmore, William Lester, James Moll, Andrea Albertin, and Mary Lusk.
Gardening in raised beds is becoming more popular as more people try growing their own food. Using raised beds is like growing plants in large containers. The planting area is raised above the existing soil level and usually enclosed within a structure to form a planting bed. This 3-page fact sheet was written by Terry Brite DelValle, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, May 2013.
Landscape design students in the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida participated in the planning and design of the landscape for a new professional development center on the university campus. Such large-scale projects provide a unique experiential learning activity for students and volunteers in landscape design and horticulture programs. This 6-page fact sheet was written by Gail Hansen and Brian Niemann, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, August 2012.
Selecting and placing plants in the landscape is the art and science of arranging plant material to make a healthy, functional, and beautiful yard. The mix of science and art is expressed in the guiding principle of “right plant, right place,” meaning to select plants that can thrive in the growing conditions of the site and locating them for both visual appeal and health. Selecting and arranging plants are the last steps in the overall design process after the site analysis is complete and the activity areas located and designed.Developing the planting plan is a sequential process, but it is important to remember that the process is not completely linear; sometimes decisions about plant material require reworking previous steps in the sequence and making adjustments to the plan. This 10-page fact sheet was written by Gail Hansen, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, January 2012.
In nature, plants grow in clusters and drifts, extending to overlap and interlock in layers as they merge with each other. In a planned landscape, use similar patterns to arrange plants, using layers and repetition. Learn more in this 4-page fact sheet written by Gail Hansen, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, October 2011.
ENH1171, a 7-page fact sheet by Gail Hansen, provides definitions and information about the origins of garden structures for people, garden ornaments, structures for animals, and plant forms. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, August 2010.
ENH1164, a 4-page illustrated fact sheet by Gail Hansen and Erin Alvarez, describes different types of color schemes, properties of color, sources of inspiration, how to test color schemes, and varieties of texture and form. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, June 2010.
ENH-1135, a 15-page illustrated fact sheet by Gail Hansen, Jennifer Ramos, E.A. Felter, and Celeste White, lays out a process of incorporating more trees and plants in three phases, to make a traditional development landscape more environmentally sound and Florida-Friendly. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, August 2009.
ENH-1112, a 10-page illustrated fact sheet by Gail Hansen, guides homeowners step by step through the design process to develop a master plan for their environmentally sustainable residential landscapes. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, January 2009.