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Keep Your Yard Looking Great Without Fertilizer

Post Date:08/04/2017 9:00 AM

Florida-friendly plants like thrive in the summer and need little to no fertilizer.
City code prohibits the use of fertilizer June 1 through September 30, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great looking yard all summer long.

Expert gardeners know that by making a few small changes to better adapt a lawn to Florida’s hot, humid climate, they only need to fertilize twice a year at most – in April and October.

Follow these tips, and your yard and garden will look like the pros:

  • Pump some iron. An application of iron keeps lawn looking green during the summer. Iron can be found at most garden centers along with macronutrients like potassium and magnesium that help keep lawns healthy.
  • Get better plants. Plants adapted to Florida’s hot, humid climate need less water and fertilizer year-round. Ask your garden center or the Brevard County Extension office about how to go Florida-friendly, and you’ll reduce your water bill and pay less for fertilizer.
  • Put your lawn on a diet. Replace a corner of your lawn with shrubs, small trees or an easy-to-maintain groundcover like Asiatic jasmine or perennial peanut. Expand your landscape beds a little bit at a time, and before you know it you’ll be devoting your weekends to relaxing instead of mowing, weeding and edging.
  • Make pay dirt. Use your own compost to enrich your soil. It’s better than anything you can buy — and it’s free.

Visit for more ideas on how to garden the Florida way.

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