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Using Turf Wisely

A lawn can be an appealing element in a home landscape and provides important benefits, like reducing stormwater runoff and cleaning the air. But it's important to use turf wisely.

Maintaining a healthy lawn requires mowing, fertilization, irrigation, and generally some pest management, so include only as much grass as you can maintain.

Lawngrasses are all Florida-Friendly when used appropriately. So make sure you choose a grass that's suited to your soil type and amount of sunlight, and that matches the amount of work you want to put into your lawn. For example, turfgrass typically won't thrive in heavy shade, so consider using groundcovers or mulch in those areas.

So use turfgrass where it makes sense, and you'll be conserving resources and contributing to a better environment.


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