All Lawn Spraying is Local


By Rick Orr 04/20/2020
APL Pest Control Tech spraying a St Augustine Lawn
Locally Owned and Operated APL Pest Control spraying a St Augustine Lawn

Weeds are Local

Yes, the same weeds grow in Miami, but different climate and soils make weeds grow and behave differently. Knowing how the weed lives and dies is good stuff to know if you want to control that weed. Only a local expert would have the experience to know that.

Bugs are Local

Yes, chinch bugs are a threat to St Augustine lawns wherever you grow St Augustine. But every bug - chinch, grub, worm - all have different behaviors due to the climate. For example, sod webworms in Pinellas are the most active June through September. In Miami, they are a threat all year.

Diseases are Local

Fungi, bacteria, and viruses are everywhere, but climate and culture is everything to diseases. Some like it cold, some like it hot, others like it fertile. And some, like Sugarcane Mosaic Virus, only like the climate and culture found in the south Pinellas. Knowing the local diseases, their preferred culture and climate makes preventing them a lot easier.

Soils are Local

Pinellas soils are sandy soils, just like the rest of the state. But Hillsborough sand is different than Pinellas sand. Why? They were deposited, formed and weathered by different forces at different times. Pinellas sandy soils have unique physical and chemical properties. Knowing the soil you are working with, means you know how to keep it fertile.

Culture is Local

I'm not referring to craft beer breweries or pro sports. I'm talking about the how St Augustine grass is grown. Some irrigate their lawns with well water, some pond water and others have reclaimed. Most have their lawn mowed by others. Many have Live Oaks as shade trees. Knowing that reclaimed irrigated lawns mowed at 3" with Live  Oak as shade trees will have a high probability of brown patch disease in fall and spring is based on the local culture. Local knowledge of the local culture is very helpful.

Climate is Local

Summer in Pinellas is different than Hillsborough. The Gulf side is different than the bayside. Knowing the climate, the variations and how it impacts the urban turf takes years of experience before you are familiar with the climate - never the master. But you have to be local for a long time to be familiar with the climate.

St Augustine Grass is Local

St Augustine is grown mostly along the Gulf and south Atlantic coastal regions. That's a tiny part of the United States. And since it is such a small market, research and development of products for St Augustine is minimal. Most of what we know - pest control, fertility, disease - is discovered by trial and error at the local level.

APL Lawn Spraying is Local

I am an agronomist who has lived and worked in Pinellas since 1995. I know the local weeds, bugs, diseases, soils. culture, climate and most of all,  St Augustine grass. You shouldn't ask me to grow a lawn in Tallahassee - it would take years of study and living in Tallahassee before I would be up to speed. And you shouldn't ask a company from Memphis or Orlando or even Tampa to grow a lawn in Pinellas. Why? Because it is all local.

Rick Orr Owner-Operator APL Pest Control/Creator of ILOVETURF.COM
APL Pest Control

Rick Orr is the creator of, Owner/Operator of APL Pest Control and a graduate from VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology).  

Since 1980, Rick worked in the green industry, mostly with golf courses, resorts and large communities. Rick worked as a Golf Course Superintendent of Fripp Island Resort, agronomist for Seaside, FL and the spray tech for Vinoy Golf Course. Rick has been certified as an arborist, landscape and irrigation contractor and adjunct professor for Environmental Horticulture (SPC) in Pinellas County.  

Home Pest Control came naturally. Entomology (bug science) was part of agronomy studies. Nearly every indoor pest problem starts outdoors. Crossing over to home pest control from lawn spraying was a natural process – the technology, methods and materials used for home pest control are modifications of the ones used for lawn spraying. 

The results of that work is a one of the top rated pest control companies in Pinellas County – APL Pest Control. APL Pest Control is a family owned business serving residential and commercial properties in Pinellas County, FL. 

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