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A choice experiment with real products was used to investigate consumer willingness to pay (WTP) for several low-input attributes of turfgrasses. The choice scenarios consisted of turfgrass plots, which varied in aesthetic quality characteristics and were labeled with differing levels of maintenance requirements (irrigation, fertilizer, etc.), shade adaptation, origin, and price. A mixed logit model was used to analyze the choice data and estimate consumer WTP. Our results suggest that low-input maintenance attributes significantly influence consumer choice behavior and identify a strong consumer preference for reduced irrigation and mowing requirements. The introduction of low-input turfgrasses could be a viable strategy for reducing the maintenance inputs and costs for residential lawn care.

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