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How the Nitrogen Black Out Effects Lawn Spraying and St Augustine Turf Grass Lawns

There is no fertilizer ban – there is a nitrogen black-out from June 1st until November 1st. This is not optimum, but, during the blackout, I can keep your lawn healthy by using other non-nitrogen fertilizers.

Sign Says "Fertilizer Application Ban" - this is a lie

APL Lawn Spraying is Fertilizing Lawn

This summer, while I am treating for chinch bugs, grubs, mole crickets and sod webworms, I will also be applying non-nitrogen fertilizers to keep your St Augustine turf grass lawn healthy. For customers who have been receiving regular applications in the past eight months, you should see little of no change in your St Augustine turf grass lawn.

Study Shows Summer Best for Nitrogen Applications

It would be best to apply small amounts of nitrogen year round – especially during the summer months. A recent study by University of Florida showed nitrogen applied during the rapid growth periods of summer was less likely to move into the ground water than during winter months. But of course the City Officials are not interested in facts – they are interested in votes. Therefore it is unlawful to apply nitrogen during the months we SHOULD be applying nitrogen.

Lying Sign

The sign was at the corner of 4th Street and 62nd Ave North, June 1st, 2015. This sign, put up by the city officials, is a lie about an ordinance the city officials created. They should know better. The sign should say “Nitrogen Application Ban”. But I believe this was intentional. It is the city officials trying to malign the green industry by convincing the public that A) Fertilizers are banned and B) Fertilizers are harmful (that’s why they were banned).

So How Bad is This, Really?

This is tyranny – an official using their position of authority and power, unrighteously. Tyranny might be a strong word, but the city officials are using their authority and power to promote something that does not exist in an effort to convince people it does exist. It may be tyranny with a little “t”, but it is tyranny. It is not the city official’s job to lie to you about a city ordinance.   

Why did they lie? Probably because they have come under the spell of environmentalists activists who want you to stop fertilizing your lawn.

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

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