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Florida Lawn Care: Special Focus on Turfgrass Issues

For residents of Florida, lawn care issues are slightly different from those who live in other states. This isn't just because of exotic wildlife or interesting pests, but because most Florida lawns are one of the many varieties of turfgrass. Used on sports fields and golf courses around the nation, turfgrassea are uniquely suited to Florida's semi-tropical environment and therefore are the most common variety of lawn grass in the state. 

Turfgrasses are so common to Florida that the University of Florida even offers a special program of study based on turfgrass. The produce the Florida Lawn Handbook, along with dozens of classes focusing on the special needs of turfgrass lawns.

Although there are 20+ types of turfgrasses, the most common ones in Florida are Bahiagrass, Bermudagrass, Carpetgrass, Centipedegrass, Seashore Paspalum, St. Augustinegrass, and Zoysiagrass. These grasses vary in turf density and maintenance levels, and those considering what type to put in their lawn would do well to consider all of the pros and cons. 

No matter the type of turfgrass you choose, however, there are still specific pests common to them all:

The most common pests are chinch bugs, grubs, mole crickets, ground pearls, webworms, spittlebugs, and billbugs... Insect pressure may be affected by fertilization, irrigation, temperature, season, and other factors. The major turf diseases include brown or large patch (Rhizoctonia), dollar spot (Sclerotinia), root rot (Pythium), take-all (Gaeumannomyces), and gray leaf spot (Pyricularia). (IFAS Extension)

To be sure that your turfgrass is well-protected against pests, be sure to consult with a pest control professional. Only those properly trained in pest control and lawn care will know how best to keep your lawn in its top shape.  

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