Submitted to: Government Publication/Report
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/15/2007
Publication Date: 6/4/2007
Citation: Sigua, G.C. 2007. Alternative grasses for home lawns: Water and fertilizer needs. Hernando County Groundwater Guardian White Paper, Brooksville, Florida. 15 p.
Technical Abstract: The lawn is an integral part of the landscape. A beautiful lawn will enhance any landscape, while a poor lawn will detract from the overall appearance. Lawns not only increase the aesthetic and economic value of the landscape, they also provide recreational surfaces for outdoor activities, aid in erosion control, filter pollutants, and provide oxygen to our environment. Because many of the grasses used in Florida vary widely in their adaptation, consider carefully to choose the proper grass for a particular environment. Fertility and irrigation needs of recently established lawn and landscape plants differ from those of mature lawn and landscape plants. During establishment, plants are less able to support themselves and generally require more fertilizer and water. The water and fertilizer needed vary according to season and location in the state, but some general guidelines can be followed. Proper fertilization of any lawn, grass is an important component of the best management practices of home lawn. Fertilization and other cultural practices can influence the overall health of your lawn, and can reduce its vulnerability to numerous stresses, including weeds, insects, and disease.