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Selecting a Turfgrass

Whether you're planning to install a new lawn or renovate the one you have, it's important to choose the right turfgrass.

First, think about your site conditions, such as soil type and the amount of sun. For example, bahiagrass won't tolerate shade or coastal soils.

Consider how much time and effort you're willing to invest in maintaining your lawn. For example, St. Augustinegrass is widely planted, but it needs irrigation during dry periods, and it can require more fertilizer than other grasses like bahia or zoysia to keep it looking good.

Also, think about how you plan to use your lawn. If you like to play ball or walk barefoot through the grass, you might like the finer texture of zoysia.

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