WHAT IS THE BEST LAWN GRASS FOR NORTH FLORIDA? by Larry Williams, UF/IFAS Extension Agent

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There is no “best” lawn
grass.  Choosing a lawn grass involves
selecting a grass that best fits the site conditions.  Is the site shady? Do you have an irrigation
system? Is salt spray or saltwater a factor?

Means of establishment
comes into play: Can the grass be established from seed or does it require
vegetative establishment (established from sod, plugs, or sprigs)?

Time and expense involved
with maintaining the lawn should be considered. 
Some lawn grasses require more time and/or money to keep up.  Cost of the sod or seed may be a factor.  St. Augustinegrass sod usually costs more as
compared to centipedegrass sod. Intended use of the lawn might be a factor. Are
you trying to prevent erosion on a slope or do you need a play area for
children?  Where you expect a lot of foot
traffic, consider the wear tolerance of the grass.  Consider the advantages and the disadvantages
of the lawn grass before making your choice. 
The following UF/IFAS website will help you in your quest for the “best”
lawn grass.  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_lawn_grasses.

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