LEARN HOW TO MAINTAIN A NORTHWEST FLORIDA LAWN, by Larry Williams UF/IFAS Extension Agent


Growing a lawn in Northwest Florida can be frustrating. With time, most people discover this. To help reduce the frustration, University of Florida Extension agents from across Northwest Florida designed a series of classes to teach homeowners how to maintain a Florida lawn.

The classes will be offered by interactive video at the Okaloosa County Extension Office, 3098 Airport Road in Crestview. This series of classes is titled Turf Tuesdays and will be held on four consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The first class, on February 26th, will provide information on soil pH, soil types, soil testing and turf types from which to choose. The second class on March 5th, covers lawn fertilization. The topic for the third class, on March 12th, is lawn weed control. Lawn irrigation is the topic for the fourth class on March 19th.

Many people not only spend more money than necessary to maintain a Florida lawn but with time they kill their lawn with kindness. Most homeowners waste money by fertilizing their lawns too early and too late in the season. They waste money by not knowing the square footage of their lawn and as a result apply too much fertilizer. And many people waste money by purchasing the wrong type of fertilizer for a Florida lawn. Many people waste their money by playing guessing games with why their lawn is declining. As a result, pesticides are purchased and used to control pests that do not exist or that are not the true cause for the lawn’s decline.

It does cost to have a lawn. But I’m convinced most homeowners can significantly reduce dollars spent and achieve an improved and longer lasting lawn by learning how to correctly maintain a Florida lawn. This is what this series will teach, how to spend less and get more from your lawn.

To register for Turf Tuesdays, call the Okaloosa County Extension Office at (850)689-5850. The cost to participate in Turf Tuesdays is $25 per person or $40 per couple. Fee covers course materials and refreshments. Deadline to register is February 22nd. Space is limited.

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