The Magic is in the Mix


By Rick Orr 04/10/2017
Lawn tech spraying a lawn in front of a house
The tech's job is to spread the mix evenly over the lawn

The Magic is in the Mix

The magic is in the mix. That right mixture of fertilizers, pest control, additives, and water is the difference between a healthy lawn or failure.

Complex Problem: Lawn Spraying

To understand the complexity of the lawn spray mix, you only need to go to Home Depot to buy one component of the mix. For example, buying an insecticide requires that you know the biology of the target species, the active ingredient's mode of action, application methods, calibration of equipment and the size of the area to be treated to effectively control the pest. Applying the wrong insecticide at the wrong concentration at the wrong time will avail you nothing except a waste of money.

I Can Do This

I am the "mixmaster" at APL Lawn Spraying and I don't waste money. I use my advanced education in chemistry, botany, and entomology that I received at VA Tech and the years of experience with Pinellas soils, species and climate to design the right mix for Pinellas lawns. And I do that daily.

Pinellas Blend - Not for Hillsborough or Polk or Anywhere Else

Once the mix is carefully blended for Pinellas it can be applied to Pinellas lawns with excellent results. To apply to lawns, you need a truck, a pump, a hose, a spray wand, and a tech to operate the equipment.

Custom Equipment and Trained Tech

APL uses custom spray equipment  engineered to apply the right amount efficiently and evenly over a lawn. The tech is trained to operate equipment and apply the mix evenly over the lawn. The tech also has received lawn care and pest management training.

However, the fine equipment and a trained tech are good, but the magic is still in the mix. It is the mix that makes your lawn healthy. The tech and his truck are just the vehicle to deliver the mix.

Not All are Equal

Because I am a local agronomist operating my own lawn spraying company only in Pinellas County, I mix every truck every day. I can be very nimble and adjust to changes quickly. Large lawn spray companies, like Trugreen, Massey and Pest Bear,  cannot adjust quickly. I can modify a mix daily - large spray companies spray what corporate HQ sent them last month. I can adjust a spray for the rain the next day or a new pest species - large spray companies change the mix when corporate HQ changes the mix.

How to Choose the Right Mix

Lawn spray mix is proprietary and different with every lawn spray company. Techs are techs, equipment is equipment. But the magic is in the mix. When selecting a lawn spray company, it would be best to select a local company with local experience and knowledge and advance studies in chemistry, botany, and entomology.

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 from 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 results of that work is a 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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