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Large White Mushrooms Growing In the lawn Are A Community of Fungi Recycling Organic Matter

Large White Mushrooms Growing In the lawn Are A Community of Fungi Recycling Organic Matter

After heavy rains, high humidly and warm nights, it is not uncommon to have large white mushrooms growing out of your lawn in the morning. Often these mushrooms form a circle or an arc on the outer edge of a circle of darker greener turf. This is a fairy ring.


Why Your Lawn Is Thin, Weak and Has More Brown Leaves Than Green Leaves AKA Fall Transition

Why Your  Lawn Is Thin, Weak and Has More Brown Leaves Than Green Leaves  AKA Fall Transition

Fall is a transitional period in Pinellas County for St Augustine turf grass lawn – the transition from the rapid growth of summer to the sugar storage of Fall. Transitioning from from the rapid growth of summer to sugar storage is triggered by longer nights signaling the plant to remove sugars from leaves and send them to roots. The end results is more brown leaves and fewer green leaves and a lawn  often described as “dying”. But the lawn is not dying, it is storing up for the winter and the the spring. So what to do in the Fall for your St Augustine turf grass lawn?


Sod Webworms are Active in Pinellas County and Causing Damage to St Augustine Grass Lawns

Sod Webworms are Active in Pinellas County and Causing Damage to St Augustine Grass Lawns

Due to the mild winter, the Sod Webworm activity has started early. Sod webworm damage is circular in appearance, can be any size from a few inches to an entire lawn and often a distinct grey or tannish color. The most distinct symptom is the lawn is shorter in the damaged areas – this is because the sod webworms are actually mowing the St Augustine grass.


Why A St Augustine Lawn is a Good for You and Good for the Urban Environment

Why A St Augustine Lawn is a Good for You and Good for the Urban Environment

A healthy lawn is far more than a decorative patch of grass. A healthy lawn is a manmade improvement that enhances urban living. A healthy lawn captures the dust, pollen and solids that are picked by the wind and recycles them into plant food. And a healthy lawn filters and purifies rainwater (rainwater is not as “clean” as you think). However, the environmentalists have fought to discourage homeowners from growing healthy lawns by lobbying for fertilizer, pesticides and watering restrictions and stigmatizing lawns. Why? They believe the natural is superior to a any manmade improvement. But, are they right?


Preliminary Research Proves: Lawns Do Not Pollute

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Lawn Fertilization does not Pollute

In recent years there has been a lot of chatter, finger pointing and even laws passed because of the persistent belief that fertilizing lawns is polluting rivers, lakes and seas in Florida. Well, new research confirms the old research that lawns take up virtually every drop of fertilizer applied to the lawn. And if you think this is junk science or research done by a biased group, the research is conducted by the University of Florida, funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Florida EPA) and procedures and techniques are monitored and controlled by the Florida EPA. This research is the real thing and it will leave egg on the faces of environmentalists as well as the politicians who listened to their junk science about lawn fertilization.

Hear for Yourself

Got to about the 2:15 mark and you'll hear Dr Trenholm drop the bombshell "… grass has a tremendous ability to take up virtually all the fertilizer that we apply to it"

Understanding the Video

Dr Trenholm parsed her words carefully to ensure they could not be deconstructed by rabid environmentalists. Yet she was very clear on two points:

  1. Unbiased broad spectrum Research - The research was funded by the Florida EPA and done on a "Wide Variety of Circumstances"
  2. No Escape for the Fertilizer - Dr Trenholm states "…grass has a tremendous ability to take up virtually all the fertilizer that we apply to it"
What about the Over Fertilizing and Heavy Rains Disclaimer

What about over fertilizing and heavy rains? Well, first I use less than the recommended rates because we're good - we're professionals! We don't need to over fertilize for effect - we can keep your lawn healthy with less than the recommended rate. Plus we are a "for profit" business and applying any more fertilizer than necessary cuts into profits.

As far as the rains, that is why we use liquid fertilizers in the rainy season. Sounds counterintuitive but unlike granular fertilizers that lay on the surface, liquids are chemically charged and adhere to organic matter. Rains only help spread the liquid over more surface for greater absorption.

Black Eye for Environmentalists and Law Makers

Dr Trenholm’s research is a swift kick to the environmentalist's and law-maker's backside who promoted and passed fertilizer bans. When you use words like "tremendous ability" you are talking extreme - lawns are extreme at taking up fertilizer. And for a scientist to say "virtually all" they mean all - they just can't be that definitive about agricultural research. The bottom line - Fertilizing lawns does not pollute our water bodies.

More Info

Here is a link to more information about this at ILOVETURF.COM: The Lake is Slimy Green because of People Fertilizing Their Lawns: Myth Debunked


Lesson #1 - The Best Mowing Height for St Augustine Turf Grass Lawn

Lesson #1 explains why the best mowing height is 3" or Higher for a St Augustine Turf Grass Lawn.
Many fail at growing a St Augustine Turf Grass lawn because they try to mow the lawn just like back home - in Jersey or Philly. But this is Pinellas County, where the soil is different, the climate is different and most important - the grass is different. In Pinellas County, Florida, the best lawn is a St Augustine turf grass lawn. And not all grasses are created equal - watch the video to learn how.


What is ILOVETURF.COM?

ILOVETURF.COM is an extension service of APL Lawn Spraying - a free service to the community to encourage good cultural practices to cultivate healthy lawns. This brief video highlights the main features of ILOVETURF.COM - Education, Connected and Customer Service. The articles, videos, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest are free to the public but only customers of APL Lawn Spraying have access to customer service center.


Service Reminder - Recieve an Email or Text Message the Day before Your Service

We created service reminders for APL Lawn Spraying customers - a message sent to you reminding you that we are coming to spray the lawn the next day.
We can send it by email or text - your choice. Service reminders are great if you have locked gate or pets
Or you just want a heads up the day before we spray the lawn.
It's easy to sign up for service reminders and it's free


What Do You Do?

Homeowners shopping for lawn spraying services often ask "What do you do?"
In this short video you'll learn exactly what we do as a lawn spraying company.
In a nutshell - We keep the fertility medium to medium high, we kill the bugs during the warm season months and we work on the weeds all year long. All that in 6 applications per year for about $30 month.


How to Pay Your Bill Using a Credit Card, Online Bill Pay Service or Personal Check

The most often asked question by a new customer is "Do you leave the bill on the door ?
This short video answers that question, plus how to pay your bill and a few highlights of the bill you receive in the mail.