The Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology has compiled information from UF/IFAS, water management districts, and the DEP to create these Florida-Friendly drought materials for UF/IFAS Extension agents and other professionals.
They're written for use on the web, but can be adapted to any media. These materials have been reviewed and approved by UF/IFAS Extension state specialists.
You can run them as-is or revise them to suit your needs. If you revise them, you might want to check with your water management district to confirm accuracy for your area. Use them in your newsletter, on your website, in your newspaper column, or as a handout at your county Extension office. Just be sure to credit University of Florida/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology for the information.
Because not all areas of the state are considered to be in a state of drought, some of these materials are for homeowners who face severe water shortages, some for those who want to save money, and some for everyone in between.
And remember, conservation is just as important in areas where there isn't a drought!
What's in the Toolkit?
- 16 articles available in two formats
- Web articles located on Gardening Solutions
- PDFs formatted within UF/IFAS graphic guidelines
- 9 radio PSA scripts
- Available in :30 and :60 formats
- What is Drought?
- Setting Your Irrigation Controller
- Ten Ways to Save Water
- Saving Water Using Your Irrigation System
- Capturing Water with Rain Barrels
- Improving Your Lawn's Drought Tolerance
- Irrigation System Maintenance
- Lawn Management During a Drought
- All About Water Restrictions
- A Better Lawn on Less Water
- Providing Water to Wildlife
- Planning Your Landscape to Conserve Water
- Firewise Landscaping
- Wildfire Risks
- Tree Care During Drought
Ideas for Using Materials
You may have contacts with local media, or you may be wondering who to call. You can always call IFAS Communications for ideas about contacting the media. Or you can try some of the following tactics:
- Feature these articles on social media
- E-mail or call your local gardening editor
- Call your local talk radio or NPR station
- Contact your utility company's marketing department to see if you can have material placed in their newsletters/mailing inserts
- Check with your weekly and monthly newspapers. They're usually willing to place content.
- Check organizations for useful local newsletters and web sites
- Community clubs—garden clubs, women's clubs, service clubs, etc.
- City or county parks and recreation divisions
- Chambers of commerce
- Homeowners' associations
We're Happy to Help
If you have question, please contact us concerning these materials.