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Once established, these plants require little water beyond normal rainfall. Also, because native plants are adapted to local soils and climatic grub treatments conditions, they rarely require the addition of fertilizer and are more resistant to pests and diseases than are other species.

Turfgrass sod, plugs, or sprigs are mature plants that are directly planted into the landscape and establish quickly. The quick establishment period is a benefit to using sod, although the cost of installation can be higher than using seed. Seeding the landscape has a lower cost but could take longer to establish. Additional considerations related to turfgrass are on the Turfgrass and Water Efficiency page. Our Turfgrass and Water Efficiency page provides information on types of turfgrass and tips on how to maintain a healthy lawn.