Environmental Landscape Management
Florida's rapid population growth is resulting in great demands on the land. It has been estimated that more than one thousand new residents arrived each day throughout most of the 1990's. Florida's population is projected to exceed 18 million by 2010.
Such rapid growth endangers Florida's environment through the destruction of natural wetland and upland ecosystems; loss of wildlife habitats; excessive or inefficient use of water and energy resources; pollution of coastal, riparian, lake and ground waters; and generation of yard debris and other solid wastes.
While most of the population growth is occurring in the coastal counties where 75% of Florida's population already resides, resulting in a further concentration of population and urban infrastructure in areas with limited water supplies and containing some of Florida's most sensitive ecological zones. Development in inland and upland areas can also threaten ground water from which Floridians draw 90% of their potable water.
Just as Florida's population is becoming more urbanized, more racially and ethnically diverse, and has an increasing median age, nearly 70% of Florida residents were born out of state, meaning most residents are unfamiliar with Florida's subtropical climate, environment, ecosystems and natural resources. Many of the new Florida residents as well many native Floridians have many misperceptions about landscape care. Improper landscape practices can deplete resources and degrade Florida's environment.
The way we design and manage our landscapes has significant impact on the environment. Plant selection and placement, irrigation, fertilization and pest control methods all interact with each other to determine the environmental impact of your landscape.