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Grass is a living entity made up of millions of microorganisms that allow your lawn to thrive. Fungus spores actually exist in all lawns and can be beneficial, but when the conditions are right, hot & humid (good ole’ Florida), it can cause an excess of spores that can suffocate each grass blade or overcrowd your lawn. Lawn fungus is a common problem that can cause discoloration, wilting, and even death of grass in affected areas. 


Common Types 

There are many different types of lawn fungus, each with its own set of symptoms and preferred growing conditions. Some common types of lawn fungus include dollar spot, brown patch, and red thread. 


Dollar Spot is the most identifiable as small circles of dead or dry grass. They often are even sunken in, and can be alone or in clusters. This fungus is the most common to thrive in hot, humid climates. 


Brown patch is very similar, but normally appears in irregular patches that may or may not be circular. Brown Patch often forms as a circle of rough, dry brown grass with a narrow darker ring around it. 


Red thread fungus gets its name because of the thread-like appearance it has between blades. It is pink in color, and differs from both dollar spot and brown patch in that it is a cool-season disease that often thrives in undernourished lawns. Red thread spreads by pustules “exploding” and spitting fungal material up to 8 feet. Because of this, it can be sporadic in where it appears.


How to Prevent

There are some great ways to make sure your lawn doesn’t ever have to come in contact with lawn fungus. Watering your grass earlier in the day will allow the water to be absorbed and not become stagnant. Overwatering allows fungus to move through the grass and spread. Making sure your grass is mowed at a proper height (no more than ⅓ of the grass blade) with sharp blades to have a precise cut also helps prevent lawn fungus from spreading. A dull blade can shred the grass blades leaving many openings for disease to enter. Fertilizing at the right times and with the right amounts can help prevent lawn fungus. When lawns have the right nutrients they need to grow, they are less susceptible to disease.


How to Treat

Applying fungicide can be tedious and can take more than one application to remedy the issue. If you apply the same fungicide many times, your lawn can build up a resistance to the active ingredients. Due to this resistance, fungus may appear in your lawn even if you put down a preventative treatment. Some natural remedies for lawn fungus are neem oil, baking soda, compost tea, and clove oil. While these options to treat may help, it is always important to make sure you have a proper lawn treatment that helps prevent lawn fungus to be proactive.


East Coast Sprayers is Here to Help

East Coast Sprayers can help homeowners and HOAs (Home Owner Associations) combat lawn fungus and keep their lawns healthy. We specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and maintenance of lawn fungus, as well as custom lawn care solutions that can be tailored to the specific needs of your lawn.


We use advanced lawn care equipment and techniques to ensure that we are able to effectively treat and prevent lawn fungus, while also minimizing the impact on the environment. In addition, our team of experts are knowledgeable and experienced in providing professional advice and service.


Our service includes scheduled visits to evaluate the health of your lawn and apply the necessary treatments. We provide regular follow-ups to monitor the progress of the treatment and make any necessary adjustments. This ensures that your lawn receives the care it needs to stay healthy and lush throughout the year.


Overall, if you’re experiencing issues with lawn fungus and looking for a solution, East Coast Sprayers understands the proper treatment for each fungal type. Contact us to schedule a consultation and find out how they can help you maintain a beautiful, healthy lawn for your home or HOA community!

Have you been struggling to grow a lush garden or a modest tree or two? If your plants don’t take root in a healthy environment, their chances of survival are very slim. So, if you’re looking for tips on tree and shrub care in Boca Raton, FL, we at East Coast Sprayers have you covered.    

Tree and Shrub Care Boca Raton FL

What Inhibits Tree and Shrub Growth?  

Living in Delray or Boca Raton, FL, can be a nightmare for even the most experienced green thumbs. Many folks who are new to Florida lack the knowledge to compensate for the lower mineral and nutrient levels in sand-based soils.  

While some plants growsgrow abundantly in nature without intervention, homeowners can have a slightly more challenging time. Home foundations typically rest on fill sand that is compacted to the density of cement. Without proper fertilization efforts, the time and energy spent planting can be overrun by this unideal environment. 

What is Professional Tree and Shrub Care?  

Professional tree and shrub services require an expert understanding of Terra Firma. Here are several common problems we see with South Floridian yards:  

  • Limestone in soil raises the Alkalinity levels (Miami over 7.5 on a 0-14 scale)  
  • High amounts of “sugar sand”  
  • Low retention of water and nutrients  

Despite these common issues, no two yards are the same.  With the knowledge of East Coast Sprayers, let’s take a look at how we can partner to flourish your greenery.   

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Fertilizers provide the soil with nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium–these elements are crucial for healthy, thriving plant life. 


Added nitrogen stimulates the growth of stems, flowers, and fruit faster than a plant normally would in the wild. Because of the growth explosion caused by proper nitrogen levels, your plants will be fuller and lusher, the envy of your neighbors.  


Phosphorus helps plants to take root more securely. This nutrient promotes the production of oils and starches, which directly affects the growth of their roots, making them healthier than ever.  


Lastly, potassium serves three crucial roles in development: 

  1. Builds protein 
  2. Fights disease 
  3. Promotes chlorophyll production. 

Lacking potassium can lower the effects of photosynthesis, draining your plant life of energy.  

Any imbalance of these critical nutrients will result in some very sad shrubs. While they all have their unique tolerances, our team can better position your soil to accommodate any plant or tree you wish to grow. 

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Are You in Need of Tree and Shrub Care in Boca Raton, FL?  

If you’re dealing with nutrient-deficient soil, East Coast Sprayers is here for you. Our team has a combined 30 years of experience breathing life into South Florida’s wilting gardens. Reach out today and have our team take a look at your property. 

We live in South Florida for a number of reasons: warm climate all year round, beautiful beaches, and plenty of activities and things to do. But we can’t escape the pests that habitat our area. Whiteflies are a big concern here in Palm Beach County and they are so good at camouflage, you may not even know you have them until it’s too late. 


What are Whiteflies?


Whiteflies are tiny, white, winged insects that suck on the nutrients in your plants. They damage your plants by not only draining its fluids and causing it to wilt but also by secreting honeydew onto its leaves. This honeydew form into fungal diseases that can severely damage or kill off your precious ornamentals or vegetable plants (their favorite!). Whiteflies are also very attracted to ficus hedges, which are prominent in our Palm Beach County landscapes. 


How to Identify Whiteflies


As mentioned, whiteflies are so small and easily camouflaged, it may take a little work to identify them. You can check your plants by shaking the leaves, as they will all fly off in swarm when disturbed. Turn over your leaves and you may find sticky honeydew left behind. Whiteflies are also quick reproducers, laying up to 400 eggs at one time. You can identify whitefly eggs by their extremely tiny size and pale yellow color laid in a circular pattern. Larvae are little white ovals and you can find them sucking on your plants nutrients on the underside of your leaves.


How to Prevent and Treat Whitefly


It’s always best to prevent an infestation before it can happen to you. The professionals at East Coast Sprayers know whitefly like the backs of their hands and can easily identify if you’re susceptible or if you need treatment for an existing whitefly breakout. We will tailor an insect control treatment plan specifically for you to ensure a beautiful, lush landscape for years to come. Contact us today for your free evaluation!

Look around – your neighbors and friends are enjoying summer family gatherings on their green, well-manicured lawns. Don’t be envious; you too can have a beautiful lawn at your own Palm Beach County home! All it takes is regular lawn fertilization and feeding to keep your grass green year round. East Coast Sprayers is here to help explain the benefits of feeding and fertilizing your lawn. 

Weed Reduction

Grass with deep, healthy roots are less susceptible to weeds. Regular feeding and fertilization gives your lawn the vital nutrients it needs to grow strong and healthy – leaving no room for menacing weeds to invade. Weed control is hard to overcome, so it’s best to prevent weeds before they even have the chance. 

Resistance to Pests

Whether or not your fertilizer contains pesticides to protect against bugs, a strong lawn has better defenses to stand up against pest damage and healthy roots leave them with little room to dig or burrow into the soil. Proper fertilization can provide insect control simply by strengthening the root system and overall health of your grass.

Disease Defense

Think of fertilization as a regular supplement to support the immune system and fight off illness. Feeding and fertilizing your lawn gives your it the health-boost to protect against ruthless disease that can wreak havoc on your landscape.

Overall Lawn Health

Feeding and fertilizing your lawn gives it the essential nutrients it needs to flourish. Just like we need food and water, your grass needs the perfect blend of nitrogen, potassium and phosphate to maintain it’s dense, green appearance. The overall health of your grass can be easily improved with proper fertilization on a regular basis.

Lawn Fertilization and Feeding Help

While there are many do-it-yourself techniques, it’s always best to leave the health of your lawn up to the professionals. East Coast Sprayers can quickly establish which nutrients your lawn is lacking and customize a fertilization plan specifically for you. Our team of lawn “doctors” will evaluate, diagnose and prescribe a regular treatment program to keep your Palm Beach County lawn healthy. Contact us today at (561) 203-5555 for a free evaluation!

In Palm Beach County, we are used to the heat, daily rain, and bugs that come along with summertime. While we can’t control the weather, we can control the pests that are invading your landscape this time of year. Since we have been seeing an influx of grubs taking over our customer’s lawns recently, here’s some information on these destructive insects and how East Coast Sprayers can help maintain your beautiful lawn. 


Identifying Grubs


Grubs are the little, white larvae of June beetles. They love to feed on organic matter in the soil, such as your grass roots. If you are not sure if you have a grub problem, here are some tell-tale signs:


  • Your lawn feels spongy when you walk on it
  • Foraging animals such as raccoons, armadillos, skunks and birds are digging up your lawn to feed on the grubs
  • Dead parts of your lawn can be pulled back like carpet from grubs eating the root systems

The key to controlling grubs is to kill them before they hatch. Insect control preventative treatments can be applied in the early summer in Palm Beach County to help eliminate the issue before it even starts. 


Grubs Treatment


East Coast Sprayers have the knowledge you need to help keep your Palm Beach County property free of insects all summer long. Our team can provide a free evaluation of your infestation and outline a treatment plan for grubs in your landscape. Contact us today and let us help you get rid of what’s bugging you!

Summer is here in Palm Beach County! It’s time to start spending more time outdoors, having barbeques and enjoying our backyards with friends and family. However, there is a fungus lurking in your yard that can bring those backyard plans to squealing halt. Take-all root rot is an extremely destructive root fungus disease that can be found invading St. Augustine, Bermuda, zoysia, and centipede grasses across South Florida. With proper lawn fertilization and care, you can have your grass looking pristine all summer long.


Signs and Causes of Take-All Root Rot


First, the signs of take-all root rot will come in the spring and summer. Your lawn will start to yellow in patches in areas with high sunlight. As the disease progresses, the patches will continue to grow irregularly and the grass will thin out until it dies. You may see weeds growing in the dead areas as an indication that the root rot has severely weakened the root system allowing weeds to take their place. The leaves of your grass typically will not have damage, but the roots will be rotten in a black or dark brown color.


The causes of take-all root rot can vary. The pros at East Coast Spayers can pinpoint it back to a few common mistakes:


  • Heavy rains in the spring and summer
  • Nutrient deficiencies in your soil
  • Heavy lime application
  • Fertilizing with too much nitrate

Professional Take-All Root Rot Treatment


Any lawn disease or fungus can be difficult to eradicate on your own. The experts at East Coast Sprayers can quickly diagnose your lawn and form a treatment plan to prevent and alleviate the lawn disease at your Palm Beach County residence. Providing your turf with custom lawn fertilization will give it the nutrients, nitrates, and care it needs to thrive. Contact us today for a free evaluation and get your property looking beautiful for summer.