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


By Rick Orr 04/08/2012
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!



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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Speaking Engagements - 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. To contact Rick you can find him on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram for booking information.