Alright, you may be wondering why I called my site Lawn Care Tampa and why you should listen to what I have to say?

Blades of GrassOK, 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!

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For those that have a green thumb and can make things with their own hands then doing your own lawn care and doing regular lawn maintenance can be a good thing, even saving money.

You can build a fence too just to rub it in…lol

As for me I can only maintain something as long as someone else builds it, then starts it and leaves it in place for me like the lawn the previous homeowner left me, well before I completely screwed it up that

Anyway, it has been fairly easy to keep my lawn in good shape and especially in good standing with my neighbors, but  only after getting some great professional advice to help get me back to where it was that is.

With that in mind we at Lawn Care brings you this article with some great lawn care tips everyone can benefit from even if you don’t live in Florida.

10 Florida Lawn Care Tips

By Lee Dobbins

In Florida, most every one can afford a beautiful house. The only thing left to the owner is to put an identity to the place. He or she can make it look as desired, whether be it posh, elegant or charming. It is best to give emphasis to the first part of the house that people will see, the lawn.

Getting the Perfect Lawn

Lawns can come in various types, forms, shapes and sizes. Each lawn has a style and character of its own.There are lawns that boast of verdant gardens. They can be considered as great works of art and perfect as setting in the Florida environment. There are some that resemble the old farm style. They are covered with grass and garden of weeds. The greens can be very relaxing and comforting.

Many other lawns can be seen out there that are groomed almost flawlessly. However, no matter what type it is, the most important matter to a lawn owner is to know how exactly to maintain and care for it.10 Tips to Maintain and Care for the Lawn
Whether in Florida or in any other state, all it takes to keep the lawn beautiful is to maintain and care for it.

Here are 10 tips to take into account:

1. Come Up with a Plan
Lawn owners should come up first with a plan. Identify what should be achieved by the project.
Ideally, any plan should be written down. This shall be your guide as you consider the options and endure the various obstacles in your sod endeavors.
Once the plan is laid down, you can easily decide on the other aspects of lawn maintenance. You will know the choices to make to care for your type of lawn.

2. Choose the Plants and Flowers
Plants and flowers should be chosen well. Pick one that will suit best the character you want your lawn to have.
It all depends on your type of landscape and personality. Bushy plants are ideal for those who want some coverage. Colorful flowers are best for people who like to keep it bright.
Be wary also of some plants that may damage your endeavors. Caring for the lawn requires certain caution from plants that can damage the soil or choke other shrubbery.
Dandelions and black medics or the yellow clovers may look good to the eye but their presence can actually affect the alkaline of your soil and even result to deprivation of other plants.

3. Grass It Up
Before planting any grass on your ground, research first on the best one available for your location.
It depends on where you live. There are cool season grasses that are ideal for the northern area and the arm season type that is good for southern plantings.

4. Aerate the Lawn
Aerating the lawn is a must to give a way for fresh air to the small life forms and the microbes under the soil. It also gives water a new course to take, preventing saturation.
Aeration is best done during springtime when the soil is still moisturized and the rains are not yet over.

5. Have the Right Chemistry
To achieve the perfect chemistry for the lawn, people sometimes have to add lime or iron to the soil. Grass ordinarily prefers acidic soil. Lime is perfect to bring down the acidity. Sulfur on the other hand will help increase it.
Seek a professional or an experienced gardener to test the acidity of the soil to know the proper option to take.

6. Use Fertilizer
Grass is one plant that utilizes much nitrogen. Make the soil rich in nutrient. Chemicals are out there but this can disturb the ecosystem of your lawn. Compost is a good way to enrich the soil.

7. Watering the Lawn
Regularly water the lawn to keep the shrubbery healthy. Invest on a watering system. You can choose from a sprinkler system, a hose or simply a gardener who would do the task.

8. Mowing the Lawn
Determine the proper schedule to mow your lawn. It depends on how fast and how thick your greenery grows.
Mowing will help you get rid of old part of the grass. It also encourages a deeper root system for a healthier soil environment.

9. Simply TLC
Of course, never forget to give the tender and loving care to your lawn. With this in mind, you can never go wrong.

10. Enjoy and Be Amazed
A lush and beautiful lawn is the first thing that any neighbor, visitor or a mere passerby will notice in the household. This alone shall speak of the industry and dedication of the owner to the welfare of his or her home.

Thus, the presentation of the lawn is crucial, especially for people living in neighborhoods like in Florida where households and residents speak of beauty and good life.

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Here at Lawn Care Tampa we can’t stress enough the importance of environmentally friendly lawn care. So what products and methods should be used to help our environment?

Even if we don’t know it, lawns, gardens and other landscaping, do a lot of good, they muffle noise pollution that comes from traffic and other sources, they do as all green plants do, help reduce the levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. And from the air we breathe, they continuously filtering out and remove pollutants. And as a place for kids to play on, nothing tops a park or yard with grass.

Most American homeowners have an extreme obsession with obtaining that green lawn and since the 1950’s it has become equal to you being a failure if you didn’t have the greenest lawn on the

Although most organic fertilizers have been used for centuries, it has only been since the 18th and 19th centuries that chemically synthesized inorganic fertilizers were widely developed and successfully used in agriculture, and since the mid 1950’s they became widely used in the lawn care and landscaping industry as well.

It has been estimated in the US alone between 30 and 40 million acres are dedicated to lawns. And Americans spend about $40 billion annually on lawn care products and maintenance.

With most of that sum spent on fertilizers and pesticides meaning herbicides, insecticides and other chemicals to help us get a green lawn. But what is not readily known however are the facts of what most of those “helpers” really do and that is they destroy the soil, pollute any water they reach, and pose severe health dangers to humans, pets, and all wildlife in the area, most importantly birds.

As these facts become more widely known and people understand the environmental impact their attitudes towards man-made or synthetic fertilizers and their use are beginning to change dramatically.

In 2004 a survey by the National Gardening Association found only about 5 million households were exclusively using natural products on lawns and gardens but in its 2008 survey it found about 12 million households were using natural products on their lawns and in their gardens exclusively, a considerable rise in usage.

So, to protect our environment, you may want to make use of natural products that still make things favorable for the grass and unfavorable for the weeds so the grass will choke out the weeds. Naturally.

  • Growing more indigenous plants and planting more drought tolerant turfgrass allowing us to water our lawns less frequently thereby conserving water
  • Using organic fertilizers instead of man-made fertilizers
  • Discontinuing the use of all pesticides
  • Mowing your lawn with a non-gas powered push type mower wherever practical. This will help reduce harmful emissions from entering into our atmosphere helping our environment stay clean.

Here are some easy things you can do right away and even save money while doing them!

Cut Lawns High

  • There is a nonstop struggle for sunlight between weeds and grass, so if weeds shade the grass the weeds win and if the grass shades the weeds, the grass wins.
  • When mowing you should only cut about one third of the grass blade each time you mow the lawn leaving it 3-5 inches long.
  • The soil level is the most sensitive growth area for grass, while the tops of weeds are the most sensitive level for them. So only cutting the top portion of the grass blade is like a haircut to them but you will be cutting off the weeds heads, weakening and making them vulnerable to disease and their eventual death.
  • In addition longer dense grass prevents the essential light from reaching new weed seedlings, aiding in their destruction as well. Plus longer grass shades the soil as well and allows for less frequent watering. This insures the grass will win this battle.

Water lawns less frequently


  • Given that long dense blades of grass shading the soil will prevent water from being quickly evaporated, its commonsense then that water deep in the soil will remain for a longer period of time.
  • The longer you water your lawn at any one time the more water will soak deeper into the soil sometimes 20-30 inches deep. Remember the soil level is the most sensitive growth area for grass and weed roots live near the top level so in its quest to find water, grass will send its roots deeper seeking water choking out the weeds.
  • Service lawn equipment regularly
  • Making sure all your lawn equipment such as the lawn mower, edger, hedge or shrub shears, and the branch lopper are sharpened and ready to use.
  • The power lawn mower and its maintenance is very crucial since safety comes into play here. Making sure the blade is sharpened and the motor is in good running condition, which will help you complete the task of mowing safely and efficiently.

Here is a great video that gives straight forward tips on how to cut a lawn

Often, I am asked by a lot of folks what difference does it make using organic fertilizers as opposed to synthetic fertilizer.

Well, consider these facts:

  • When the Romans defeated Carthage they supposedly plowed the land surrounding the city and salted it so nothing would grow. Today most chemical fertilizers are salt. Annual applications of these fertilizers may render your soil less likely to support good grass growth year after year.
  • Healthy soils contain large amounts of microscopic organisms as well as other creatures keeping your lawn healthy. Almost all of these life forms hate salt.
  • Grass doesn’t care whether the nutrients come from inorganic or organic sources as long as they contain what the grass requires.
  • The control of weeds and insects is more difficult with organic products
  • Applied properly however, inorganic fertilizers do supply lawns with the needed nutrients for a green healthy looking lawn and without major harm to our environment but over treatment to lawns may cause destructive turf growth, forcing a reduction of root growth making a lawn more vulnerable to diseases.

Hopefully with this information you will gain enough insight to make the best informed decision for your lawn care needs.