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How APL Lawn Spraying is Organized: Agronomists, CPO and Techs


APL Lawn Spraying is organized to provide maximum results
APL Lawn Spraying is organized to provide maximum results

The Agronomists, A CPO and The Tech

APL Lawn Spraying is staffed by an agronomist and a Tech. Rick Orr, an agronomist, is the certified pest control operator (CPO) and John Duff is the tech. The analogy of our relationship would be like a doctor and a nurse. Where the agronomist has advance education and training in plant biology and soil science and is able to diagnosis the lawn and ornamental problems and prescribe a solution. John the tech has the training and experience to administer the solution.

Agronomy and the CPO

Agronomy is the study of soil and plant sciences. The emphasis is on growing plants for productive purposes - it could be row crops for food, pasture for forage or turf for a golf course. Producing attractive, healthy and ecologically positive lawns are the goals of lawn spraying.

Certified Pest Control Operator (CPO) has met federal and state legal, education and competency requirements to apply pesticides for profit. An agronomist meets and exceeds those requirements. A CPO is required to maintain their accreditation  with 4 hours of continuing education every year.

The Tech

A Tech is a person under the direct supervision of a CPO. They must also meet federal and state legal requirements. A Tech must receive 40 hours of training from the CPO. Techs are required to receive 8 hours of additional training every year. In addition to mandatory training, John also receives daily updates and training on current conditions, new products and techniques and local conditions on lawns for that day.

How it Works

A daily routine consist of a queue meeting, production work and customer service. Every morning is the queue meeting where the CPO goes over the daily work, trouble areas, current and forecasted pest activity with the Tech. The Tech has a list of stops, a GPS and materials complete the route. That is production. After the queue meeting, the CPO will scout  for pest activity, plan for the future mix designs and investigate customer reported trouble.

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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