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Lawn and ornamental includes fertilization, insect, weed and disease controls for both your lawn and ornamental plants. Our philosophy is to provide you with the absolute best lawn and ornamental care. By using high quality products, having a highly trained and knowledgeable staff and performing quality applications, we deliver exceptional results. Not only will we treat your lawn like our own, we will provide recommendations on how to achieve a beautiful and vibrant landscape.
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Lawn aeration involves the removal of small soil plugs or cores out of the lawn. Aeration is done mechanically with a machine having hollow tines or spoons mounted on a disk or drum. Known as a core aerator, the machine extracts 1/2 to 3/4 inch diameter cores of soil and deposits them on your lawn.
Aeration holes are typically 1-6 inches deep and 2-6 inches apart. Core aeration is a recommended lawn care practice on compacted, heavily used turf and to control thatch buildup.
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Potassium is a macronutrient, which is highly important in proper plant and turf growth and development. It is important in root initiation, growth and stress tolerance.
Florida soils are typically low in potassium and although we apply it with each visit, we may sometimes recommend a supplemental application of only potassium at a higher analysis and rate than is typically applied. This will be indicated on soil tests or may be recommended by your technician should they see a visual need for it or if the lawn is under a stressed condition. Often, a thin lawn with good color is a sign that potassium may be lacking. Potassium is recommended supplement on an annual basis, as it is easily leached or “washed out” of our soils from heavy rains. It does not directly increase growth, but improves root growth and chemical function within the plant. It may be also a viable aid to those lawns with excessively high nematoe levels, as no direct, effective, chemical treatment is available for lawns affected with nematoes.
Double or even triple the days between required watering and enjoy the benefits of proper moisture management
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Southern Care Lawn and Pest offers an effective Moisture Manager Program called Hydretain which slows water loss in soils by attracting and holding moisture within soil particles.
Hydretain is a liquid blend of hygroscopic and humectants components. In combination these materials create a sub-surface film which absorbs and stores moisture on plant roots and soil particle surfaces. Hydretain acts like tiny water magnets, making available to plant roots microscopic moisture that would otherwise be lost to evaporation. This simple mechanism results in healthy, vigorous, drought resistant turf, trees, shrubs and ornamental plants.
University research has proven Hydretain’s effectiveness in extending the time between watering of flowering annuals by as much as 50 to 100%. Independent trials have shown Hydretain to be equally effective on foliage plants, woody ornamentals, turf and food producing agriculture.
Fire ant infestations in our area are an annoying problem. With each visit, we treat visible fire ant mounds (if any), either with baits or direct liquid drenching. Though in some cases, that may not be enough to control the reappearance of fire ant mounds.
We strongly recommend applying Top Choice for effective fire ant control. This is a granular product applied to both lawn and shrub bed areas, only once per year. It provides the best, long-term fire ant control available for home lawn use. After application, there is typically a four to six week period of fire ant activity that may occur. After that short timeframe, you will enjoy a year of no fire ant problems. Beyond the control of fire ants, it also offers control of mole crickets (four months), fleas / ticks (one month), and nuisance ants (three months). One application, no fire ants for one year!
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Applications are scheduled every four and a half to five weeks. We use mostly granular fertilizer and each application is adjusted for the particular season. Weed and insect control is applied as needed. With each visit, our application program is designed to produce a healthy looking lawn and landscape.
If you do not want to be on our monthly application program, simply call us when you would like a treatment application and we will schedule your visit. Please note, this option does not offer free service calls and we will not be held responsible for turf damage.
Whether you choose our monthly program or specialty applications, we can handle any job, big or small. Call us today and let us help you with all your lawn and ornamental needs.