Project Greenscape originated in response to the community's desire to improve water quality in local waterways by reducing nutrient inputs through training landscapers in environmentally friendly practices. Project Greenscape is a partnership program between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Collier County, University of Florida/IFAS Collier County Extension Office, and Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The main objective is to promote sustainable landscaping practices through implementing strategic, science-based education to reduce nonpoint source pollution.
Project Greenscape offers a variety of workshops over the course of the year, including Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP), Fertilizer Calibration, Urban Lakes and Pond Plant Management, and more.
The next English GI-BMP will be held on June 26th, 2019 and the next Spanish GI-BMP will be held on July 16th, 2019. For a complete list of courses offered, view our Course Catalog.
Green Industries Best Management Practices
The Green Industries Best Management Practices training was developed to provide landscaping professionals with knowledge, skills and tools to minimize the impacts of nonpoint source pollution related to their business practices.
The Florida Friendly Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Quality by the Green Industries program, commonly known as the “Green Industries Best Management Practices” was developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in collaboration with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the green industries.
The program promotes careful consideration of plant selection, irrigation, maintenance, fertilization and pesticide application that does not compromise Florida’s environment.
Fertilizer and Landscape Maintenance Code Comparison Chart
Various local and state fertilizer and landscape maintenance codes can be complicated. Greenscape Alliance had the idea to make a FREE resource- the fertilizer and landscape maintenance code comparison chart to help understand these differences by making them clear and concise.
Please click on the image of the comparison chart to see the differences in rules for our local municipalities provided in English and Spanish.
Southwest Florida is full of beautiful lawns and landscapes that are regulated by local laws and ordinances from the county and surrounding municipalities by requiring different means of certification. The GI-BMP will be the first step towards obtainig a higher education of how to engage in best management practices.
For a better understanding of the certification processes in Collier County, Naples and Marco Island, as well as obtaining the Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer Applicator and Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance License (RoundUp license). Please elect to go thorough the checklist to increase your understanding and ensure you are in compliance with your county and local regulations.
Do I need a license to apply fertilizer?
Yes. Each induvial that applies fertilizer commercially in the state of Florida must obtain a Limited Urban Commercial Fertilizer Application Certification (LUF).
Do I need a license to spray Roundup?
Yes. Florida statutes require commercial application of Round up under Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Certificate.
How can I obtain the "Round-up" license?
To obtain the certification you must attend a Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance training, a.k.a. “Round-up” license training, that will be accompanied by a test. In order to obtain the license, the individual must pass the test. Additionally, the individual must show proof of liability insurance.
Does the City of Naples still require a Professional Landscape Certification?
The Professional Landscape Certification for the City of Naples is no longer required for landscape companies that apply fertilizer within the city limits. All commercial fertilizer applicators MUST possess and carry the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Limited Urban Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Certification pursuant to Rule 5E-14.117(18), F.A.C.
For more information please visit the City of Naples website.
Does the City of Marco Island require registration?
Yes. The City of Marco Island requires proof of the GI-BMP training. For more details please visit the City of Marco Island website.
|For further questions about this program or assistance registering for trainings, call the Project Greenscape Hotline at: (239) 530-5955.|