Lawn, Ornamental Fertilization, Insects & Disease Control

NUTRITIONAL DRENCHES – LIQUID NUTRITIONAL & INSECT APPLICATIONS

This service includes fertilization and insect and disease control for your turf and ornamental landscape material. We are well versed in nutritional needs, deficiencies, insect problems, and identifying diseases and their appropriate treatment. Our programs are individually designed for each property based on the needs of the landscape material.

Our fertilizer programs are well researched. We have also developed our own blends appropriate for South Florida soils. We often supplement our fertilizers with chelated micro nutritional sprays or drenches for specific deficiencies. New insects not previously encountered are appearing and some of the more common insects are showing resistance to normal treatments. Consequently, constant research and product trials are ongoing.

Our technicians receive many times the required amount of training and attend seminars and other educational outlets in order to stay current with new research findings and treatment protocols.
Programs include:

– Fertilization: insect and disease control for both turf and ornamentals.

– Fertilizer: Even custom blends do not always allow for all amounts of macro and micro elements for the complete nutritional needs of trees and shrubs. Therefore, we often supplement our fertilizers with a chelated minor element mix to insure proper nutritional feeding. Palms, in particular, require additional manganese and potassium for health and appearance. Ixoras and certain Jasmine varieties will usually require additional iron and manganese for that deep green appearance.
With restricted irrigation liquid fertilizers are found to be more effective as the nutrients are more readily available to the root system and do not need to be dissolved by rain or irrigation. Wetting agents are also employed to assist in better distribution and uptake.
Insect control is done on an as needed basis, which is an environmentally sound practice. We firmly belive in ” integrated pest management” which incorporates inspection, sound cultural practices, and treatment when necessary.
A thorough inspection of the property is made and the required treatment is determined on each service. We do not believe in excessive pesticides when it is not required. If a problem has been reoccurring we may choose to do preventive applications.

Common turf and ornamental insects include:

  • Chinch Bugs – turf
  • Sod Web Worms –turf
  • Army Worms – turf
  • Grub worms – turf
  • Sugar Cain Grub – turf
  • Red Date Palm Scale – Phoenix Palms
  • Common Scale – ornamental plants
  • Thrips – ornamental plants
  • *Fig White Fly Catepillars – plant and turf
  • Chewing Beetles – plants
  • Mealy Bugs – plants Aphids – palms, trees and shrubs
  • Lac Scale – plants
  • Pink Hibiscus Mealy Bug – hibiscus
  • Royal Palm Bug – royal palms
  • White Fly (sweet potatoe)
  • Leaf Minors and Skeletonizers

*Mosquito reduction – Turf and ornamentals are specially treated with a product that adheres to turf blades and plant leaves (underside) where mosquitos land. This treatment is effective for approximately two weeks and may be used in conjunction with mosquito attracting machines such as the mosquito magnet.
*These require an additional charge and a separate treatment protocol.
Diseases (turf):
Some of the most common turf diseases include:

  • Brown Patch Fungus
  • Dollar Spot Fungus
  • Grey Leaf Spot
  • Take- all root rot

These diseases usually require multiple applications on 10 to 14 day intervals. We maintain a variety of products best suited for each disease.
Diseases for plants and palms:

  • Blights (Die Back)
  • Foot Rot
  • Leaf Spot
  • Ganoderma (Palms – no effective treatment)
  • Stem Rot
  • Bud Rot
  • Graphiola (Palms)
  • Lethyl yellowing (Palms)

 

Lethyl Yellowing is a disease that has devastated certain species of palms, especially Coconut Palms, since its introduction back in the 1950’s. It has shown to be cyclical with periods of higher development than others. Typically, you will notice a spike in appearance following severe stress such us hurricanes. The disease is spread by a leaf hopper through its salivary glands when feeding on the palm spear. The leaf hopper is a poor flyer so high winds are associated with its spread. Some control over the leaf hopper can be obtained by treating the turf, as they are naturally occurring in grass.
Weeds:
A weed is defined as a plant out of place. Weeds are a symptom of a poor turf care, scalping, and improper watering. All contribute to the presence of weeds. Weeds have the ability to survive under stressed conditions and will grow when it seems as though nothing else will. Good weed control begins with good cultural practices. Herbicide applications will be made to the turf at appropriate times to help diminish this problem. There are broadleaf weeds, sedges, and grassy weeds, which require different products and applications.