Alright, you may be wondering why I called my site Lawn Care Tampa and why you should listen to what I have to say?
OK, let me just say, I am not an owner of any lawn care company in Tampa. I am just your average homeowner that needed help with my Tampa lawn care issues and other landscaping & maintenance questions. During my search for answers I got so overwhelmed with all the information I found online it became very frustrating and my lawn was still a mess!
That is why after my lawn care disaster was over I decided to build this site to help other homeowners like myself avoid some of my mistakes and help them navigate their way through the overwhelming information available online so they can make informed decisions when it comes to caring for their lawns and landscaping.
I did not build this site as just another means for local lawn care businesses looking for, well, new business. The information you will find here is totally impartial.
Note: During my lawn care dilemma I did hire a local Tampa lawn care company, so if hiring a professional lawn care company in Tampa is why you are here, then this site will also be helpful to you, convenient actually, since I have already researched Tampa lawn care providers and I have had experience with some very good local lawn care professionals
Now, when you began your online search to try and figure out one or more of the many issues you might be having with your lawn or landscaping, you probably typed in something like Lawn Care Tampa, and, if I designed this site correctly, it should have been one of the first results you found
…and lucky for you, you have!
To be fair I must say here that I live in Valrico 20 miles east of Tampa, Fl surrounded by strawberry and citrus fields that hosts every imaginable type of weed and insect native to the West Central Florida region.
Although my yard can barely sustain a single blade of grass it seems to have just the right amount of nutrients and pH level for all types of weeds to come visit usually making their stay permanent!
Consequently, I’ve spent the last few years trying to establish a healthy and beautiful “golf course” type lawn but with limited and mixed results at best. To tell you the truth, it’s been an endless battle against weeds, insects, heat and drought problems, fertilizing issues, poor soil conditions and basically having one of the worst lawns in the neighborhood… Very frustrating!
In Florida we have similar issues as do most other states have but during the winter most northern, mid-western, and some western states have a dormant growing season. However, southern states like Florida have year round growing seasons and to make matter worse Florida has been in the grips of a serious drought for years.
Now, luckily for the past few years I’ve had the good luck of working full time from home during the last couple of years so I decided to use this opportunity while being only a few steps from my troubled lawn to make sweeping changes and finally get that beautiful lawn making my neighbors green with envy.
So, with my eye on the prize of having a “golf course like front yard”, I started by putting down bags of organic fertilizer and using drought tolerant seed like St. Augustine turfgrass. I then watered it like a good steward should using my automatic underground lawn sprinkler system. I figured that having an automatic sprinkler system this meant I should water my lawn everyday. I later found out this was a big mistake. Here’s a short video describing how an automatic sprinkler system works
Now once the grass seed began to germinate and started to come up I sprayed herbicide to stop crab grass and other common weed infestations but this only seemed to speed up their growth!
I fought an endless battle with most of the common types of leafy weeds like Barnyard Grass, Black Medic, Buckhorn Bull Thistle, Buttercups, Chickweed, Florida Pulsey, Goldenrod, Dandelion, Wild Onion, and many more that I haven’t identified yet. Here is a great site to help you identify common lawn weeds
Two more mistakes I made were cutting the grass too short and at the wrong time of day so the lawn, much like my wife when she found out how much I spent on our desert landscape, became completely stressed out!
I now have moss and mushrooms growing in some sections while other areas are all patchy and filled with grass clippings, which I was instructed to leave down by my “lawn expert” neighbor, having now created a 2 inch thick thatch work that has smothered my grass.
My neighbor then recommended I use a lawn aerator to aerate my lawn. I assumed this was a major task involving expensive lawn equipment but who was I to doubt my neighbor and not follow his advice. I decided to buy this odd looking machine from my local lawn equipment dealer and proceeded to risk my life and limb. My wife was afraid to look but kept the car keys ready for the imminent trip to the emergency room.
Near the beginning of my pursuit for my ideal lawn I decided to brush up on my high school chemistry and studied the necessary nutrients of healthy soil like pH levels, potassium, nitrogen and how to use synthetic chemicals and fertilizers, as well as safe organic fertilizers, to arrive at the desired amounts of each vital nutrient for growing grass in my yard.
After really trying to understand what my yard needed chemically it was quickly abandoned after the headache I attracted so instead I turned my attention to my shrubs, flowerbeds and ornamental areas of the yard to see if I could get better results there.
Of course because of my aggressive nature I pruned way too much, weed whacked much too closely to some fragile Mandevilla plants and other delicate flowering plants and I essentially over fertilized these flowers my wife had planted a few years earlier, which, oddly enough, were doing just fine without any help from me but are now referred to in the past tense.
Giving up on my lawn and landscaping I turned to planting a vegetable garden. I had fenced off an area in my yard and bought another cultivator specifically designed for garden use called a tiller. Since I felt I was now an old hand at using tools I tilled a nice area in the yard and planted all kinds of really cool vegetables.
Unfortunately Bugs Bunny and insects have eaten almost all of what I planted in my garden and now the 2-foot high weeds strangle the rest of my really cool vegetables.
Being at my wits end, I drove to the lawn and garden center and brought home a jug of high powered weed and grass killer, aiming to kill off the last remnants of my grass, and vegetable plot and start all over from scratch.
Pulling into my drive, I spotted my wife standing next to a professional lawn care technician who was busy analyzing my soil and feverishly scratching notes on his clipboard… this was not good!
Seeing her intense fierce look, I sheepishly walked up to them and asked how things were going, fighting the temptation to physically remove him from my property or maybe just run away!
Thankfully he was experienced with wives not knowing their place when it comes to tools, auto maintenance, lawn care and all things manly, he mercifully did not make fun of my attempts at lawn care, with a wink aimed at me he told us I had just about gotten it right, but wisely he quickly added if he could point out a few areas of concern and offer his advice.
So, jumping forward a year I almost have my dream lawn, not quite a fairway but a very respectable front yard. Thanks to the lawn care pro my wife hired. I now do all of the mowing and edging and trimming but I leave all of the applying of those magical chemical mixtures that keep weeds at bay and the grass green. She’s happy and I am happy!
This site will chronicle each of the mistakes I made in my quest of the golf course fairway for a front yard and all the great advice I have been given by the company my wife hired. Credit where due to keep me out of the doghouse!
Hopefully as Lawn Care Tampa continues to grow, you will be able to decide what you can handle yourself and what is best left to the professionals when it comes to proper lawn care.
I can recommend the one company who we are very happy with in case you find yourself in the same place as I was awhile back… confused and frustrated and armed with a jug of weed and grass killer ready to end it all!