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Look for slow-release fertilizersUse fertilizers that have a high percentage of slow-release nitrogen in them. These products have less potential to leach into groundwater or run off into Florida's waterways. Nitrogen promotes shoot growth, so if you use slow-release nitrogen, you'll have less growth surge. In lawns, that means less thatch, which ultimately means less mowing. For hedges, it reduces pruning.
Photo of granular and slow release fertilizers
For lawns use only granular grass fertilizer (left) or slow or controlled-released fertilizer (right) with a drop spreader. Water soluble powders and liquid fertilizers are not recommended for lawns.

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