Landscape Design and Maintenance Research
The UF/IFAS Landscape Unit is a new facility on the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Science's Gainesville campus. It has been designed for research and demonstration on an integrated landscape system (the residential yard), that considers vegetation, soils, materials, maintenance, and aesthetics.
Landscaping Perceptions and Behaviors
Research Team: University of Central Florida Stormwater Management Academy, UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, UF Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, and UF Florida Yards and Neighborhoods, Southwest Florida Water Management District, and Sarasota County
The research investigates residents' perceptions about yard designs, motivation to change their yards, and landscaping maintenance activities in order to understand how residential landscaping contributes to pollution. Participatory research methods with 10-12 homeowners in a subdivision will be used to understand the barriers to changing yard designs and the perceived benefits to changing the design. The goal is to protect water and air quality by reducing the reliance on fertilizers, pesticides, and irrigation water in the residential landscape.