by Rick Orr Winter 2014
As the soil temperatures rise in March, this is the perfect time to fertilize shrubs, trees and palms in St Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo and surrounding areas. Why? Before shrubs, trees and palms start their spring growth, first the soil temperatures rise in late winter /early spring and then soil microbes start to flourish. This sequence of events is by design - as microbe activity flourishes, those little soil microbes gobble up all the available nutrients – the more nutrients, the more activity. Then when time, temperature and microbe population reach a perfect point – which just so happens to be the point when shrubs, trees and palms need fertilizer - the microbes start to release nutrients to the shrubs, trees and palms.
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.
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.
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
by RIck Orr Winter 2014
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.
by RIck Orr Winter 2014
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.
by Rick Orr Winter 2014
Landscapes provide the first impression of a HOA community. A person can quickly judge a community by its landscape. Bare soil, gaps in hedges, spindly shrubs, weeds and broken sprinklers speak loudly of trouble ahead. Yet healthy turf, shrubs and trees whisper a pleasant invitation to healthy living. People are drawn to lush green healthy environments - they instinctively know that a healthy environment is healthy. Yet keeping a diverse plant community healthy can be intimidating especially if it is already failing. A new HOA president or manager will ask: Where do I start?
by Rick Orr Winter 2013
We have lawn watering restrictions in Pinellas County but there is no water shortage - not in Florida! For example, Weeki Wachee Springs ,one of a thousand local springs, discharges enough fresh water daily to provide most of the fresh water needed in the Tampa Bay area. However instead of building an aqueduct from Weeki Wachee Springs to Tampa Bay area, Tampa Bay Water (aka central planners) built a desalination plant and a reservoir. Both are epic failures. The water restrictions are needed because Tampa Bay Water failed their mission - provide clean, safe water to the region now and for future generations. So, what is Tampa Bay Water and why is lawn watering restricted if there is no water shortage?
by RIck Orr Fall 2013
Advertisements do not tell you what a service or product won't do - on purpose - they do not want to discourage you from buying their product or service. Every service or product has strong points and limitations. Lawn spraying has some great strong points - fertility, insects and weeds. Lawn spraying has definite limitations - there are problems with St Augustine turf grass lawn that lawn spraying just will not fix. When a homeowner with a persistent problem - like poor irrigation - hires a lawn spray company to spray away irrigation problems - they will be disappointed! So I always tell potential customers what lawn spraying cannot do - lawn spraying cannot fix irrigation, raise the mower height, eradicate weeds or bugs and watch over the lawn like a superintendent.
by Rick Orr Fall 2013
Those brown circular patches of dead grass in your St Augustine turf grass lawn are probably brown patch. Brown Patch forms distinct circles or joined lobed circles of brown grass with a “halo” of yellow grass. The pathogen is a soil born fungus and can not be eliminated. The Good News: Except for the worse cases, Brown Patch can be controlled with good cultural practices! With the cooler temperatures and wetter soils, Brown Patch is active in lawns in St Petersburg, Largo and Clearwater areas.