Florida Pest, Lawn Care, and Turf Experts
Living in South Florida, you’ve likely invested a considerable amount of time and money into keeping your landscape healthy and beautiful. At Native Pest Management, we strive to protect your investment. During our free initial inspection, we will identify turf and plant material that may be susceptible to damage caused by insects or disease and will present an Integrated Pest Management program customized for your property.
While your first instinct may be to take the “nuclear bomb” approach to pest problems in your landscape, by spraying everything in sight, our safer and more effective treatment program targets pests only with selective pesticide applications. Once we identify the specific insects or disease causing damage, we will determine what cultural management practices (i.e. over-irrigation or under-fertilization) may be contributing to the host plant material being more susceptible to pest infestations and will recommend corrections to those practices where possible. This multi-pronged approach to pest management aims to not just respond to pest damage in a reactionary manner, but to improve the long-term health of your landscape to minimize its susceptibility to pest activity.
As pest management and lawn care professionals in Palm Beach County, we treat a variety of different turfs. Among the most common are Bermuda, Zoysia, Seashore Paspalum, and St. Augustine. Each type of turf that can be found in South Florida responds differently to watering, fertilization, and pests. But how does each turf differ?
Bermuda – Bermudagrass is commonly found in tropical and subtropical areas, making it extremely common here in Palm Beach County. Bermudagrass is a warm-season perennial, meaning that it comes back year after year if well maintained, and it fares better in the warm summer months than the cool winter months. If you are considering installing Bermuda turf in your yard, it is important to know that because of its impressive growth rates it requires more maintenance than some other traditional types of turf.
Zoysia – Zoysia grass is an Asian turf that much like Bermudagrass is a warm-season perennial. Zoysia is a common variation of grass in our area because of its ability to adapt to climate. Unlike Bermudagrass, Zoysia can tolerate fluctuating temperatures that might inhibit the growth of other grass species. While the benefits of Zoysia grass are many, there is one negative trait — it can be rather hard to establish. So contact the pros at native Pest Management to help.
Seashore Paspalum – Seashore Paspalum is a warm-season perennial grass that rivals the popularity of Bermudagrass. Both kinds of grass are drought resistant and are easily established, but what sets these two species apart is Seashore Paspalum’s ability to lay dormant for a shorter amount of time in the winter — meaning it is greener sooner in the summer.
St. Augustine – St. Augustine grass is a thick, green, turfgrass that does extremely well in Palm Beach County because of its desire for moisture. That being said, St. Augustine should be very carefully monitored as it is susceptible to pests and over fertilization — so if you are looking to get St. Augustine grass be sure to let us treat it!
What Do All Of These Turf Grasses Have In Common?
They are susceptible to pests, overwatering, underwatering, over-fertilization, and under-fertilization. Because of this, it is incredibly important for you to schedule an appointment with our South Florida lawn care and pest management professionals.
During our initial inspection, we will provide you maintenance recommendations for your specific turf type. By following these recommendations, you and your landscape company will greatly reduce the susceptibility of your turf to damage resulting from insects and diseases. Upon implementing our recommendations and adding our monthly monitoring and preventative applications to your turf maintenance program, you will notice a dramatic improvement in the quality of your landscape.
Our South Florida Lawn Fertilization Services
As pest management and lawn care professionals we understand the importance of applying the correct amount of both pesticides and fertilizer. Because of this, when applying fertilizer, we follow University of Florida application recommendations to maximize plant health while reducing pollution. All of our technicians have been trained in Green Industry Best Management Practices and have obtained Limited Urban Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Certifications prior to applying any fertilizer to your property. Our management staff and senior technicians are all graduates of Pest Management University at the University of Florida.
Do you know the percent of slow-release fertilizer that is currently being applied to your landscape? To provide nutrients to plant roots over an extended period of time, we use 50% slow-release granular fertilizers to decrease the amount of nutrients lost through leaching in our sandy soils. While many companies choose to apply quick-release fertilizers due to their reduced cost, we choose quality because the health of your landscape depends on it.