Frequently Asked Questions

Turf Grass and Weed Identification

What kind of grass do I have?

Southwest Florida Grass Types

fl-bahiaBahia Grass – Is originally from South America, it prefers sandy soils and is tolerant of shade. It is also fairly hardy, tolerating saline conditions and drought.

 


 

BermudaGrassBermuda Grass – Is among one of the most common southern grasses, although it comes in two varieties. The original version is often found on roadsides and pastures, it’s course-leaved and low maintenance. The improved version is used primarily on high end residential and commercial properties, it’s also used on sports fields, but this version is not recommended for most homes because of its maintenance requirements.


 

Credit: K. KenworthySaint Augustine Grass – It is the most common form of residential and commercial property grass in Florida. Its medium- to high-maintenance grass, thick, and crowds out most weeds and other grasses.

 


 

Zoysia GrassZoysia Grass – Is a creeping grass, it’s originally from Asia and various islands in the Pacific. It does well in temperate conditions of varying sun and water. This is your typical golf course fairway and tee grass.

 


 

Centipede Grass – Is originally from southern China, it handles a warm sandy climate well, is low maintenance and does not require as much mowing. But it is sensitive to drought and needs more water than most others.

 


 

Photo Credit LawnStarterCarpet Grass – Is a creeping grass. It grows better on low, wet soils better than most other grasses. It is less tolerant than St. Augustine and Centipede grass.

 


 

seashore-paspalumSeashore paspalum – Has your typical lawn qualities, it’s frequently found near the ocean because of its ability to handle a high salt environments. Although its being used more and more because of the high salt levels in reclaimed water used for irrigation.

 


 

Photo Credits – Bahiagrass: L. Trenholm, UF/IFAS, Centipede Grass: J. Bryan Unruh, Carpet Grass: LawnStarter

What kind of weeds are in my yard and landscape?

Types of Florida weeds

SedgesSedges – A tropical weed that resembles some grasses. It will grow in almost all environments, but is mostly found in areas with poor soil nutrition or low wetlands.

 


 

CrabgrassCrabgrass – A annual tropical grass that most consider a weed, it does well in poorly watered and maintained lawns, and leaves large bear spots when it dies in the fall. The best way to combat crabgrass is not to use herbicide, but to maintain a healthy thick lawn.

 


 

SprugeSpruge – Grows throughout an entire property, often comes up in cracks or crevices on driveways, curbing and houses. Has a poisonous milky white sap.

 


 

Dollar weedDollar weed – Is a very common weed here is south Florida and typically grows in stronger in the cooler months. It gets its name from its shape, the leaves are round and can be the size of a silver dollar.

 


 

Broadleaf PlantainBroadleaf Plantain – A common back yard weed to most, its actually used all over the world for medicinal and natural remedies. Maintaining a thick lawn, not overwatering, and mulching bedded areas will prevent this weed from having much hope in your yard.

 


 

Bull ThistleBull Thistle – A large spinney weed, thistles are usually found in more natural un-kept areas such as pastures. You can treat these with a herbicide, but properly maintaining your lawn should keep them from growing or spreading.

 


 

Yellow WoodsorrelYellow Woodsorrel – A common weed that grow in pretty much all conditions, but more so in un-kept or disturbed areas like a garden.

 


 

Florida Pusley – Also one of our most common weeds, it grows well everywhere is all conditions. In the turf it can be out competed by the grass, but once a yard is infested it will need treated with a herbicide.

 


Photo Credits – Florida Pusley: Brandon Fast

What kind of bugs or pests are in my yard and landscape?

Pest Identification

Top Florida Lawn and household pests

Here is a quick identification key to help you recognize some common household, lawn and ornamental insects.

Indoor pests

BedbugsBedbugs – The common bed bug is a parasitic insect that feeds exclusively on blood.

 

 


 

Roaches – The four main types of roach pests in Florida are the Cockroach, German Cockroach, Palmetto Bug, and Brown Bandit

 


 

Plaster Bag WormsPlaster Bag Worms – A species of moth whose larva casing attach to the outside and inside of homes

 

 


 

Fleas – Wingless, bug sucking insects who live mostly off the blood of mammals and birds

 

 


 

termitesTermites – Termites are eusocial like ants, which means they live and work in colonies. Upon close inspection one can note that their bodies are not segmented in the same way as ants for a quick field identification.

 


 

antsAnts – With about 200 species of ants living in Florida, everyone is bound to battle these tiny titans at some point.

 

 


 

SilverfishSilverfish – A small, greyish, wingless insect that feeds on sugars and starches

 

 


 

EarwigsEarwigs – Mostly nocturnal, these easily identified insects like small moist spaces and can do damage to crops and landscape

 

 


 

spiderSpiders – Of the nearly 30 established spider species in Florida, only two are venomous

 

 


 

 

 

Common Florida Lawn and Landscape Pests

Chinch BugsChinch Bugs – Chinch bugs are the biggest threat to Saint Augustine grass, and reproduce at a rapid rate.

 

 


 

Sod Web WormsSod Web Worms – The larval stage of this moth species attacks warm season turfs by feeding on the tissue of the grass blade

 

 


 

Mole CricketsMole Crickets – These common Southern pests largely reside in Bermuda and Bahia grass and tunnel underground, cutting off roots and consuming the roots and shoots.

 


 

fireantsFire Ants – This (accidentally) imported pest derives a class of its own. If you have them, you know it!

 

 


 

whitegrubsWhite Grubs – Immature scarab beetles that feed on the roots of turf grasses. It is sometimes difficult to identify the signs of infestation, which include yellowing, thin blades of grass, brown patches, and soft spongy turf that is easy to separate from the ground.

 


 

armywormsArmy Worms – The larval stage of this moth can consume entire areas of plant life including crops and landscaping if left untreated and allowed to multiply

 


 

fungusFungus – Brown patch and Grey leaf spot are two types of fungi common to Florida that can spread rapidly through a lawn if left unchecked.

 


 

Common Florida Landscape Pests

whitefliesWhitefly – This imported insect is best known for its ability to spread and carry disease amongst crops and other plant matter.

 

 


 

MealybugsMealybugs – These unarmored scale insects can transfer disease while feeding on common tropical plants

 

 


 

ThripsThrips – This slender insect can commonly be found in the leaves of ficus trees in and around South West Florida, but can also attack and harm other vegetation

 


 

ScalesScales –Armored scale insects create a variety of issues, especially in citrus, but can often be handled without the use of chemicals.

 


 

JaderaBugsJadera Bugs – the “red shouldered bug” feeds on the seeds of plants in the soapberry family

 

 


 

slugsSlugs and Snails – There are many varieties of these mollusks, most which are hazardous to citrus, landscape ornamentals, and gardens

 


 

SouthernRedMitesSouthern Red Mites – This tiny, spider-like mite seems to prefer camellias, azaleas and hollies.

 

 


 

SpiderMitesSpider Mites – Spider Mites feed on hundreds of types of plants by puncturing plant cells to feed and spin protective webs

 

 


 

SriLankaWeevilSri Lanka Weevil – This fairly easy-to-identify imported pest feeds on a variety of plants but is often confused with the little leaf notcher

 


 

SootyMoldSooty Mold – Caused by sucking insects such as mealybugs, aphids, soft scale, and whiteflies

 

 


 

Fertilizer

Do I need fertilizer?

Yes, if you want a healthy thick green lawn, fertilizer will help the strength and thickness of your lawn, help repel most pests, and also choke out weeds trying to grow in your turf.

Will fertilizer burn or dry out my lawn in the summer?

No, the fertilizer we use is safe year round.

How long will it take weeds to go away?

It can take up to 4-6 weeks for some weeds to completely die, and a little longer to breakdown and disappear.

Do I need pest control?

Yes, there are two types of pest control, one for turf damaging insects, and one to prevent pests from entering your home. If you want a thick health lawn you need to treat for damaging insects. If you don’t want pests in your home, you’ll need perimeter protection.

What causes brown patches of grass?

Brown patches of grass can be caused my many circumstances. Lack of water from malfunctioning irrigation, lawn pests or fungus’s, or weeds that grew throughout the summer and died off in the fall.

FAQ about One Source?

When do you bill me?

We can bill you or charge your card on any day of the month you prefer.

Do you require a contract?

Not if you are on a simple monthly service. If you are on a yearly property care plan, yes.

Do you have a discount for bundling?

Yes, our prices are discounted for bundling, call for details.

Do I need to be home for services?

The only service you would need to be home for is interior pest control.

Do you come on a schedule?

Our goal is to be routine as possible, not only do we plan on being on your property the same day every week, we’d like to be there in the same 1hr window.

How often do we visit your property?

Lawn – When temperatures are over 70 and the grass is growing fast we’ll be there weekly, when temperatures cool and things slow down we’ll be there bi-weekly.

Pool – We’ll be there weekly

Pest – Pest plans are different depending on your needs, we could be there monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly.

How can you treat/mow my property in such a short amount of time?

We assure you, through advanced technology and method, we’ll do a great job regardless of how long it takes to treat your property.

Is your service guaranteed?

Yes, if you’re not satisfied we’ll do what it takes to fix the problem.

How much and how often do I need to water my lawn?

Most grasses require one inch of water per week.

How long should we stay off our lawn after you visit?

The only time you would need to stay off your lawn after we visit is if you received a liquid herbicide or pesticide, which depending on conditions should dry in a few hours and be ready for use.

Are fertilizers safe for my children and pets?

Any of our fertilizers are applied in the correct quantity and do not represent a threat to children or pets, they are available at any local nursery or garden store.

To speak with a property specialist, call 239-800-9771.