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Alternative to Sodding a Lawn: Renovation

Lawn Renovation
A Neglected Lawn Restored to a Healthy Lawn

A St Augustine turf is perishable. If neglected, turf areas can decline to the point it looks hopeless – except to replace it with new sod. However, with a little chemical wizardry, a good irrigation system and a lot of TLC, St Augustine turf areas can be restored to a healthy lawn.

Cure the Cause - Not the Symptom

The first step to renovation is to fix the problem. The turf declined for a reason - lack of water, chinch bugs, low mowing, starved to death or any combination of these lethal problems. The most common cause of a failed turf is from poor irrigation. To have a great lawn, you must have a great self-supplied (well, surface or reclaimed) irrigation system. Regular mowing at the highest setting and a good lawn spraying service will cure 99% of all other causes of a failed lawn.

Cure the Cause Not the Symptom: Often people "fix" a failed lawn with new sod. That cures the symptom – dead grass -  but does nothing for the cause. If you do not fix what caused the lawn to fail – it will fail again. So be sure to cure the cause, not the symptoms. I suggest hiring a good lawn spraying company to help with the renovation.  

Renovation is a Process not an Event

Once the irrigation system is working properly, the mowing is at the highest setting and the bugs and weeds are under control, the St Augustine turf can start to recover. Gradually the St Augustine turf grass will expand and repopulate areas where the soil is fertile and moist. Depending on how much St Augustine turf survived, those once dead looking weedy turf areas can be a healthy lawn in less than a year.

Renovation makes Good Economic Sense

The costs for both new sod or lawn renovation are the same to fix and repair the irrigation system, mow at the highest setting, fertilize and control weeds and bugs. The difference between sodding and renovation is you can skip the cost of sodding – about $5000 for an average lawn. So it makes sense to fix the irrigation system, raise the mower, hire a good lawn spraying company and skip the sodding.

Hire a Good Coach and a Lawn Spraying Company

When renovating a lawn, time and money can be wasted on non-essentials. A good coach can help you focus on the essentials and reduce the time, effort and money required to renovate. APL Lawn Spraying has been successfully renovating St Augustine turf grass lawns since 2001. Request a free proposal and consultation about your lawn here: Request a Free Consultation

Article by Rick Orr
APL Lawn Spraying Inc.

Rick Orr is the creator of, an Agronomist and the Owner/Operator of APL Lawn Spraying. Rick is a graduate from VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology). He has been a Golf Course Superintendent, Certified Arborist, Landscape Contractor, Irrigation Contractor and Adjunct Professor for Environmental Horticulture.

Rick is an expert at growing St Augustine turf. Since 1995, Rick has spent his time researching, developing and testing the best management practices for St Augustine turf grown in Pinellas County.

The results of that work is a one of the top rated lawn spray companies in Pinellas County – APL Lawn Spraying. APL Lawn Spraying is a family owned business serving residential and commercial properties in Pinellas County, FL.

APL Lawn Spraying provides lawn spraying to commercial properties, HOA’s and single family homes. To request a free quote for your property, click here: Free Advice or Price Quote

Speaking Engagments - Does it seem like you are only hearing one side of water restrictions, fertilizer bans, plant restrictions and many other urban landscape hot topics? Rick Orr is available for speaking engagements for your HOA, Community or Professional Association or Garden Club about a variety of subjects. Call or email for more information.

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