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Restoring HOA Common Areas can be done with Lawn Spraying (Fertility and Pest Management)

HOA Renovation
From Eyesore to Beautiful Entrance without Sodding

In 2007,  Tierra Verde Landmark HOA requested a proposal for the lawn spraying (fertility and pest management) of their common areas – an area of about 1 acre of St Augustine turf dotted with Live Oak Trees and a privacy fence foundation planting. The common areas were in very poor shape and needed repair because the existing lawn spraying company failed to control chinch bugs and grubs. The HOA had budgeted $10,000 for sod replacement and set out to hire a new lawn spraying company to prevent another failure.

The Proposal

Enter me – Rick Orr - an experienced agronomist with over 30 years growing turf in commercial and residential settings. My proposal was simple: With a little effort, good water management and time, the common areas can be restored to its original beauty. Hire me and wait until the end of the current growing season to reevaluate the turf and decide how much repair and replacement is needed. They agreed!

The Results

After nine months of treatments and coaching the HOA on water management the turf fully recovered and repair and replacement was canceled. The turf had completely recovered and the Tierra Verde Landmark Circle common areas transformed from eyesore to a positive reflection of the community - a beautiful lush green environment and a welcoming entrance for their Tierra Verde community.

Savings = $10,000.00 in less than Nine Months!

How Did I do It?

Maximum conditions give maximum growth. I know that St Augustine grass is a vigorous growing grass during the summer months. A single plant - with the proper fertility, pest control and water - is capable of populating a 4 sq. feet per growing season.

I focused on maintaining the fertility and controlling chinch bugs and grubs to maximize growth and reduce stress. I also gained the cooperation of the HOA and coached the HOA on how and when to water. The difference between the old lawn spraying company and me – knowledge, experience and cooperation! That’s how I did it!



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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