How Things Work – Lawn Techs


By Rick Orr 01/28/2020
Rick instructing John how to treat the lawn
Rick Orr gives final instructions to John, the lawn tech

The Lawn Tech is a Delivery Guy

The lawn tech is a delivery person – they deliver to your home a mix of fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides and spread them evenly over your lawn in a confident, safe, efficient and discreet way. They have a lot of training in pesticide safety, emergency procedures, mixing, product information and more.

Confident Service

Lawn techs are trained in turf ecology. Every morning we have a queue meeting where seasonal problems are discussed, what to look for and how to treat them. Lawn techs learn a lot about lawns by observation of problems and the solutions. However, if asked about a specific problem, they will often refer you to the office. They do this not because they don’t know but would rather that information come from a single source. This eliminates a lot of confusion.

Safe Service

Lawn techs are very safe. By law, they receive at least 40 hours of training when hired and require an additional one-hour training per year. At APL Pest Control, we have a queue meeting every morning where safety is always a topic.

Efficient Service

Lawn techs are very efficient. At APL, the techs receive seven weeks of one on one training in the field. Every day of training focuses on efficiency – what is the quickest most efficient way to spread the mix over the lawn. At the morning queue meeting, using Google Earth, each property is reviewed – where to park, what gate to use, hot spots and trouble areas.

Discreet Service

Lawn techs are discreet. At APL, techs are encouraged to be quiet but noticeable, avoid disrupting the customer or guests and most all be polite. We are there at the request of the owner to serve the owner, not upsell additional services. We do our job, stick a flag on the lawn and quietly move on to the next stop.

A common complaint about lawn spraying is that a different tech came last service. If the tech pulled up to your house, and spread the mix safely, efficiently and discreetly – they did the job they were there to do. If your lawn doesn’t look good, you can rule out the tech. The problem is most likely irrigation, mowing height or some other cultural problem.

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 of 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 result of that work is 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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