Lake Friendly Lawn


Protecting our waterways starts right in your lawn.

Certify your lawn as Lake Friendly and show off your commitment to sustainable lawn care.

The Lake Friendly Lawn program recognizes households who have adopted specific lawn care practices that help to preserve our local water quality. These sustainable practices focus on the reduction of fertilizer runoff and the conservation of potable water.

Certify your lawn as Lake Friendly and receive:

  • A small, metal lawn sign to publicly showcase your commitment to sustainable lawn care
  • A Lake Friendly Lawns sticker as a bonus gift

  • Save money on fertilizer costs by fertilizing correctly and less often
  • Save money on your water bill by decreasing your irrigation
  • Enjoy more pollinators in your lawn
  • Feel good about protecting our waterways for yourself and our next generation of Orlando residents and visitors

You can self-report that you have implemented at least 8 of the practices listed below:

  • Use at least 50% slow release nitrogen fertilizer
  • Use zero-phosphorus fertilizer
  • Maintain 15ft “fertilizer-free” zone around water body
  • Use a drop spreader or deflector shield when applying fertilizer
  • Keep your lawn’s grass clippings and fallen leaves out of the street and away from storm drains
  • Regularly pick up all pet waste
  • Follow seasonal OUC watering restrictions
  • Fertilize no more than twice per year (May and October)
  • Irrigation is set to apply ½- ¾“ of water per application (or no use)
  • Maintain your turf at IFAS recommended height for your grass type
  • A 10ft no/low maintenance zone exists around waterfront
  • No use of “weed and feed” products
  • 30% or more planted, non-turf lawn
  • Attend a “Lake Friendly Lawn” series workshop
  • Use a drip or micro-irrigation system in non-turf areas of lawn
  • A soil nutrient test has been performed in the last year
  • 50% or more planted, non-turf lawn
  • Use an irrigation system with a soil moisture sensor for automatic shutoff
  • Use of only designated Native or Florida Friendly plants in yard
  • Use of a compost bin or pile (can request free compost bin from Green Works)
  • Rain barrel used to catch roof runoff (can attend rain barrel workshop and get free rain barrel)