Landscape Code and Manual
In May 2009, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners amended landscape regulations to incorporate Florida Friendly Principles and stricter water-efficiency measures for homes, common areas and rights-of-way. The new changes require, among other things:
- The installation of rain switches, such as soil moisture sensors when irrigation systems are provided
- At least 30 percent of the landscaping must consist of native plants (and only 30 percent of that can be palms)
- At least 50 percent of plants must be low-maintenance and drought-tolerant
- At least 80 percent of the plants must be listed in the Landscape Manual, the Street Tree Master Plan or the University of Florida’s Low Maintenance Landscape Plants for South Florida list. This list is Florida Friendly based and customized to South Florida by the University of Florida.
- Mulch meeting Florida Friendly Landscaping guidelines must be applied and maintained.
Landscape Code (Chapter 18A & 18B)
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