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What is the Lawn Spraying Difference: TruGreen, Scotts and APL Lawn Spraying

What is the Lawn Spraying Difference: TruGreen, Scotts and APL Lawn Spraying

All lawn spraying companies are not the same. They do not all spray the same liquid on your lawn - each lawn spraying company has their own mix design - blends of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides. Each has a different way to solve St Augustine turf grass problems. They all handle customer service differently and each has a business model that is as unique as the owner. So, with so many differences, how do you decide between TruGreen , Scotts or APL Lawn Spraying?

Yellow Spots and Streaks in St Augustine Turf Grass Lawn is Caused By Lack of Iron

Yellow Spots and Streaks in St Augustine Turf Grass Lawn is Caused By Lack of Iron

The yellow spots and streaks in your St Augustine lawn are iron chlorosis, a non-lethal condition caused by iron deficiency in the plant. Ironically, the turf is growing in soils with plenty of iron. The problem is the iron is in a form that cannot be used by the St Augustine turf grass. The solution is treating your lawn with Iron in a usable form.

Planting a Lawn with St Augustine Sod

Planting a Lawn with St Augustine Sod

When a St Augustine lawn or a section of a lawn fails – for whatever reason – the most turned to option is replacing the lawn with St Augustine sod. Sodding is simple - strip St Augustine turf from a field, place on a pallet, delivery it to your home and “lay” the sod on your lawn. Sodding a lawn brings instant gratification – in a weekend, a failed lawn can be replaced by a green lawn

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 a manmade improvement that enhances urban living by capturing the dust, pollen and animal waste and recycles them into plant food and 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 stigmatizing lawns as wasteful and a source of pollution. The environmentalists lobby for restrictions on fertilizer, pesticides and watering. Why? They believe the natural is superior to any manmade improvement. But, are they right?

How to Set Up Your Irrigation System to Keep a St Augustine Lawn Alive with 2x Week Watering Restrictions

How to Set Up Your Irrigation System to Keep a St Augustine Lawn Alive with 2x Week Watering Restrictions

Lawn watering is restricted to twice a week for most of Pinellas County. That is still one day short of the three times per week needed to maintain a St Augustine Lawn in Pinellas County. But there are some simple steps you can take to prepare your lawn and your irrigation system to help your St Augustine lawn survive twice a week watering during the summer heat.

Homeowners Guide to Properly Caring for a St Augustine Lawn

Homeowners Guide to Properly Caring for a St Augustine Lawn

There are three fundamentals to master for a great St Augustine Lawn: Watering, Mowing and Lawn Spraying. Copious amounts of water is the single most determining factor for the success of your lawn. Mowing at 3” or higher is mandatory – anything less and expect less of a lawn. Lawn spraying maintains the fertility at medium levels, protects from insects and reduces weed populations. Water, mowing and lawn spraying are the three legs of the lawn care stool – remove one of the legs and the stool fails.

Report: Sugarcane Mosaic Virus Infected St Augustine Turf Growing in Southern Pinellas County

Report: Sugarcane Mosaic Virus Infected St Augustine Turf Growing in Southern Pinellas County

There is a lot of chatter these days about Sugarcane Mosaic Virus (SMV) –  the “deadly virus” attacking St Augustine turf in Pinellas County with no cure. That’s the “news”! However, what is happening in the real world is quite different. I care for one lawn confirmed with SMV (a neighbor across the street has the virus too). This article is about that lawn and my observations of that lawn. This article is not news – it is about the real world.

How to Control Dollar Weed in St Augustine Turf Grass Lawn

How to Control Dollar Weed in St Augustine Turf Grass Lawn

The waxy glossy green leaves of dollar weed present themselves just above and horizontal to the mowing plane of the lawn – making dollar weed one of the most visible and noxious weeds in a St Augustine grass lawn
But that highly visible leaf is only a small part of the problem because dollar weed lives primarily below ground - about 90% of the plant is below ground. So, killing the leaf does little to control the plant!

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