New rules were adopted in Orange County in September 2009 and went into effect October 2010. Five main componenets of the new rules are:

  • 1. No more than 60 percent of the planted area on lots in new subdivision can be turf.
  • 2. All plans greater than one-half acre must use a landscape architect, someone trained in botany and plant materials who knows what types of plants would use the least amount of water.
  • 3. Plans should incorporate existing trees into landscape plans because older trees need less water than new ones.
  • 4. Prohibits the planting of turf in landscaping strips in front of commercial centers, using instead Florida native groundcovers that require less water.
  • 5. Lists water needs of plants and prohibits more than 20 percent highwater use plants.
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