THE SERVICE YOU EXPECT
At Green Solutions Lawn Care & Pest Control you get a level of service that you simply cannot get with the big name lawn care companies like TRUGREEN® and Scotts®. We have no 1-800 numbers to navigate just to get to your branch manager or technician. In fact it is not uncommon to actually get an owner on the phone to address your lawn and pest questions here at Green Solutions. You won't have a different technician on your lawn each treatment either. If you want to support a small, local company with a customer service focus, try us.
When bugs find their way into your home, it can be quite unsettling. Don't let ants, spiders, and roaches freak you out. We can help, and we can do so quickly, in a way that won't make you lose sleep.
I clearly remember the first time I laid my eyes on Zoysia sod. The fine leaf blades, the emerald green color, and the dense stand of grass made quite an impression on me. In the late ‘90’s I moved to Florida, and over the years I have seen Zoysia used on golf courses and in home lawns here. Interestingly, over the past several years in the Tampa area we have seen a dramatic increase in the frequency of Zoysia used in home lawns. One thing we know for sure about any turfgrass type is that there is both an upside and a downside. Let’s take a quick look at both the advantages and disadvantages of Zoysia grass as a home lawn in the TampaBay area.
Above Zoysia grass is pictured in a Tampa, FL lawn. Photo taken in late Feb 2010 during very cold weather.
Some people learn the hard way that zoysia is not a completely perfect grass. It does have problems from time to time. Issues like fungus, soil pH management, over fertilization, and weeds can be difficult for an amateur to tackle. Like it or not, taking the do-it-yourself path is not the safest bet. You stand the best chance of protecting your investment by hiring a professional that has a proven level of expertise in zoysia care.
JaMur Zoysia grass is gaining popularity as a home lawn grass. It has some cool characteristics that have been driving interest in the cultivar, especially as the "Green" movement picks up steam and as drought conditions continue in the Tampa Bay area. The most significant of these characteristics is the turf's drought tolerance. In fact, the turf earned an acknowledgement from the Florida Green Building Coalition for displaying exceptional drought tolerance. If you are working towards a "Green Home Certification", the selection of JaMur Zoysia will now earn you certifying credits (Category Two: Water/Drought Tolerant Turf [2 points]).
As turf-damaging moths fly over the lawn and landscape, they drop tiny eggs onto the grass canopy. These eggs hatch into small caterpillars, and they begin to feed on the grass leaf blades. Eventually the worms pupate into moths, and the circle of life continues.
Among the most commonly found, easily identifiable, and least devastating diseases you will find Grey Leaf Spot. This fungus creates small circular grey legions on the leaf blades. It usually does not kill the plant, but it can hurt the aesthetics of your lawn. Once the disease has been controlled or has abated naturally, the turf typically rebounds in short order. The leaf tissue that has been damaged only needs to grow out long enough to be mowed off, and then the turf looks anew. Some instances of this pathogen are so mild that they may not even require a fungicide treatment. The plant will simply maintain its aesthetics adequately enough that no one will notice it, or the disease will simply run its course.
1) Tampa's sub - tropical climate supports some ant types that have invaded from other countries. In some cases these have no natural predators so their populations are more capable of becoming gigantic. The fire ant is an example of an imported ant. The painful fire ant bite is enough to get your attention.
** This information may not be up to date. Please see the Hillsborough County website to verify that this is the most up to date information. **
Setting Proper Run Times for Irrigation System Lawn Watering
Tampa home owners ask us often how long they should water their St. Augustine grass or Zoysia grass lawn?” Determine how long to run your irrigation zone by following these basic steps: