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APL Lawn Spraying Saves $11.98 over DIY

Not all fertilizers are created equal. Atrazine will kill a St Augustine lawn if applied in the summer

Lawn Spraying: APL Lawn Spraying  vs. DIY

APL Lawn Spraying delivers to your home the best mix of fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and professionally applies them to your lawn with specialized equipment. 2017 cost for APL to do the lawn spraying = $65 per application

For DIY, learn the products to use, go to the store, purchase the products to fertilize, kill bugs and control weeds, load them into your SUV and bring them to your home and unload. (Phew, I'm tired already!) Using a spreader  - either borrow or buy one  - spread the product evenly over your entire lawn. 2017 cost for DIY = $76.98

Save $11.98 by Hiring APL Lawn Spraying

You save at least $11.98 by hiring a APL Lawn Spraying. You save more than a little cash - there are no more messy chemicals or broken bags when you hire APL Lawn Spraying! You don't go to the store, load and unload the dirty bags of fertilize or spread it on your lawn. You don't even have to spend the time learning what is best for your lawn.

How I Compared DIY to APL Lawn Spraying

I wanted to compare oranges to oranges however, professional fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides are not sold at your local home improvement store. And the application equipment is not comparable to the plastic whirly gig rig sold at retail centers. So I did the best I could by picking the products I would buy if I was purchasing for my St Augustine turf grass lawn.

Professional Products are the Best

For DIY St Augustine turf grass lawn care, granular fertilizer are adequate. Granular insecticides are not as effective as liquid, but do provide some control. The spreader used to apply granular products is available and inexpensive. The cheap rotary spreader is not as accurate as the specialized equipment required to do liquid applications. And, although granular products are good, they are not as effective as professional fertilizers and pesticides.

For this study I used a Typical Spring Application For a St Augustine Lawn

  • An average interior lot – 5000 sq ft of turf
  • A typical spring application - Fertilizer, Herbicide, Insecticide
  • Last for 8 weeks

APL Lawn Spraying = $65.00 for this Typical Spring Application

APL Lawn Spraying charges $65.00 per application for a typical interior lot (about 5000 sq ft of lawn). APL Lawn Spraying uses the best fertilizers custom blended for Pinellas County sandy soils. To keep your St Augustine turf grass lawn safe from chinch bugs, grubs, sod webworms and more I use professional insecticides and additives. For control of dollar weed, sedges, day flower and more I use professional herbicides that control weeds and are harmless to St Augustine turf grass lawns.

DIY = $76.98 for this Typical Spring Application

The fertilizer I choose for DIY is Scott's Bonus "S" for $41.98 and an Ironite Mineral Supplement for$18.98. Bonus "S" does have Atrazine which will provide some limited weed control but no iron. St Augustine turf grass lawns in Pinellas County require iron. So you will need to apply the Ironite. Cost for Iron, Weed and Feed Fertilizer plus tax: $65.23

Don't Forget the Insecticide

For my spring DIY insecticide application I choose an inexpensive generic chinch bug insecticide for $10.98. Insecticides for grubs, sod webworms and other lawn destroying insects will be needed in the summer months and is NOT included in the spring application. But be aware that they will be needed in the summer in addition to an insecticide to control chinch bugs. Cost for Insecticide plus tax: $11.75

Bottom Line: Weed & Feed plus Insecticide = $76.98, APL Lawn Spraying = $65.00 (Saving money any way you look at it)

Note: Chinch bug damage to St Augustine turf grass lawns is so complete that the lawn does not recover. Prevention of Chinch bugs is best. Starting early and often with insecticides to kill chinch bugs will save you the cost of replacing your St Augustine turf grass lawn.

For the DIY'er, the typical spring time weed and feed application for a St Augustine Turf Grass lawn plus an insecticide will cost $76.98. The cost to have APL Lawn Spraying do the job is $65.00.

  • APL Lawn Spraying = $65.00
  • DIY  Fertilization = $76.98
  • APL Lawn Spraying saves $11.98


Free Advice and a Price Quote for Lawn Spraying

For Condo's, HOA's and Large Commercial Properties – APL Lawn Spraying costs Less Too! Large properties are my specialty. I am available to work with your board or president to design a program that will fit your budget and goals. 



It has been noted that the 17# bag cost less and is labeled for 5000 ft2. Here is why I used the 34# bag for this study.

The 34 lb. bag contains less than 9.86 lbs. of N. If you were to spread that evenly over the lawn you would barely get  2 lbs. of N per 1000 ft2. By the time you calculate in the waste into edges, and beds, you are  getting about 1.5 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. This would be a little high. So using about 2/3 of the bag would give the desirable effect.

As to the 17 lb. bag, you would be getting much less than 1lb per 1000 ft2. After waste, that would be low.

Also, the higher rate would yield more atrazine and better weed control. The lower rate of the 17 lb bag would have little or no effect on the weeds and basically a waste of money.

To compare oranges to oranges, you would have to buy the larger bag to get comparable results. Basically, it takes more of the consumer product to get the same professional product.

If done on math not results, you DIY would cost less by $9.32. If you compare results and yield, my rates are more comparable. It would have been better if they had a bag weight in the middle – say 25#.


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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