All Posts by Skip Orth


You may have a tree like this in your yard and not even realize it’s good for food! Pindo palms are quite common along the Emerald Coast. Every summer they produce stalks loaded with fruit. This fruit, when ripe is orange and round, about the size of a cherry with a seed in the middle […]

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How To Winterize And Prime A Lawn Pump

Temperatures in Northwest Florida can occasionally reach the low 20s or even lower. If water is left in the irrigation pump and it freezes, the pump can be severely damaged. Draining the pump in the fall to protect it from freeze damage is a fairly simple operation. Standard lawn pumps have a 2 inch pipe […]

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How To Recognize Disease In A Lawn

Diseased Lawn

There are many types of diseases that can affect turf grass. Some of these can only be identified by sending a plant tissue sample to a pathology lab. However, there is one common disease of turf grass that displays some very tell tale signs. The turf disease commonly known as “brown patch” is caused by […]

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How To Water Your Lawn

Irrigation is the foundation of a healthy turf. Too little water and the grass will be thin and unhealthy, too much water and the root system remains shallow and grass becomes susceptible to disease. So what is the best way to water the lawn? The best rule of thumb is this: water as needed, as […]

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