Frequently Asked Questions

HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT BEFORE MY CHILDREN &/ OR PETS MAY SAFELY GO ON THE LAWN?
Plant It Earth recommends that you keep your pets & children off the lawn until one hour after the application has been watered in. This is one reason we recommend watering in our application the same day it is applied. By the law you have 48 hours to water in the application, even if it is not your watering day. Once your application has been fully watered in, your children & pets can return to the lawn without any precautions.



WHAT IF I HAVE A CONCERN BETWEEN MY REGULAR TREATMENTS?
We offer free service calls to our monthly customers at no extra cost. All you have to do is call our office, let them know the situation, and one of our trained technicians will be out within 48 hours to address your concerns.



DOES PLANT IT EARTH USE THE SAME PRODUCTS ON MY LAWN AS THEY DO ON MY NEIGHBORS?
No, each property is treated for the specific needs of that particular property. Our trucks are equipped with a 1000 gallon water tank on the top that carries fresh water, and two smaller separate tanks on the back that allow our technicians to custom mix to the needs of your specific property. This allows us to give our customers superior service compared to what most of our competitors offer. Many of our competitors spray the same mixture on every property, even though they know that each property needs different products and nutrients.



WHAT IF PLANT IT EARTH IS THERE TO TREAT MY LAWN AND I AM HAVING A CONCERN WITH MY SHRUBS DURING YOUR SCHEDULED LAWN VISIT?
Our program, our trucks, and our technicians are equipped to do whatever is needed on your property during your treatment. If we are there to treat your lawn, and there is a concern on your shrubs, it gets treated right then and there before we leave your property. This is done as a part of your service, and there is never an extra charge.



WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO WATER MY LAWN?
At Plant It Earth we recommend that our customers start their watering cycles between the hours of 12 midnight and 3 AM. This is the best time to water because the sun is down, there is little wind, & the water has time to sink into the soil before the sun comes up.



WHEN SHOULD MY FERTILIZATION APPLICATION BE WATERED?
We recommend that most applications be watered in within 48 hours. This will activate the products and get them working faster. Our trained technicians will leave detailed notes with watering instructions on your services invoice each month. It is important to know that Florida law allows homeowners a 48 hour window to water in any fertilization application performed on their property. Even if it is not their watering day. This is why we put lawn flags in your lawn after each application, so that county water inspectors know your lawn has recently been treated. Giving you the right to water within 48 hours.



WHAT IS THE PROPER MOWING HEIGHT FOR ST. AUGUSTINE TURF?
We recommend that our customers keep their lawn mowed between 4 ½ to 5 inches. Keeping St. Augustine mowed high will help keep insects out, weeds to a minimum, the color much greener, and the grass much more drought resistant.



DOES PLANT IT EARTH TREAT EMPIRE ZOYZIA?
Yes, Plant It Earth has a program designed specifically for empire zoyzia.



HOW OFTEN SHOULD I MOW MY LAWN?
A good rule of thumb is to mow your lawn once per week in the summer, and once every two weeks in the winter. It is also very important to make sure your mower is set to a height of 4 ½ inches, that your mower blade stays sharp, and that you always change your mowing pattern to prevent rutting. A good rule of thumb is to never cut more then 1/3 of the grass blade in one cut. Mowing is a very important part of your lawns success, so our technicians will always let you know how your mowing habits are. Also, if you ever have any questions in regards to mowing concerns, please call our office.



HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT AFTER AN APPLICATION TO MOW MY LAWN?
Your lawn may be mowed the same day your lawn was treated. Most mowers and landscape maintenance companies use mulching kits and do not bag the clippings. So even if the lawn has been mowed, the products will still be on the lawn clippings and be watered in when your irrigation system runs. The best thing to do however, is to try and water in each application before mowing if at all possible.



WHY CAN I NOT GET GRASS TO GROW UNDER MY OAK TREES?
One of the primary reasons grass begins to thin out and deteriorate under oak trees is due to the amount of shade provided by the oak tree and the acidity of the oaks leaves that fall from the tree. This ultimately will affect the PH level in your soil and hinder your lawns performance. Many of our competitors do nothing to help in areas under oak trees. At Plant It Earth we will work very hard in areas like this with applications of lime and potassium. Also, soil samples are sometimes needed to determine what a problem area needs to be corrected. If this is something that needs to be done, please know that our trained technicians will keep you informed of the situation and what is being done to correct the area.



WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY IRRIGATION BOX IF IT HAS BEEN RAINING VERY HEAVILY?
It is very important you do not turn your irrigation box to the off position; this will make sure you do not forget to turn the switch back to the on position. Each irrigation system should be equipped with a rain sensor, this sensor tells your irrigation box not to turn on when there has been an adequate amount of rain fall. If you feel that your irrigation system’s rain sensor is inadequate or malfunctioning, please feel free to contact our office.



DOES PLANT IT EARTH DO LAWN MAINTENANCE (MOWING AND TRIMMING)?
No, however we have teamed up with several lawn maintenance companies in the area that we have worked with for years and strongly recommend. The great part about working with one of our landscapers is the added communication. We take a team approach and eliminate the finger pointing that happens all too often between the two companies. Also, if our landscaper notices anything out of the ordinary on your property, they will notify us immediately. If you should ever need a landscaper reference, please feel free to call our office.



WILL I ALWAYS HAVE THE SAME TECHNICIAN TREATING MY PROPERTY?
Yes, we believe very strongly in having the same technician service your property each and every treatment. This allows your technician to know your property's strengths and weaknesses. This also allows your technician to take a proactive approach since he knows what has been done to your property in the months past, and also allows better communication between the customer and technician.



IS PLANT IT EARTH A FRANCHISE?
No. Plant It Earth is a privately owned company with over 10,000 customers.



DOES PLANT IT EARTH OFFER DISCOUNTS IF I PREPAY FOR ONE YEAR OF SERVICE IN ADVANCE?
Yes, we offer a 10% discount to customer who prepay for 12 months of service in advance. This is still not a contract.



DOES PLANT IT EARTH OFFER DISCOUNTS A REFERRAL PROGRAM?
Yes we do. The best compliment we could ever receive from one of our current customers is the referral of a friend, family member, or neighbor. For every customer you refer to us, you will receive a $20.00 credit towards your next service.



IS PLANT IT EARTH LICENSED AND INSURED TO DO LAWN FERTILIZATION AND PEST CONTROL IN FLORIDA?
Yes, Plant It Earth is fully licensed and insured in the state of Florida. Here at Plant It Earth we take the safety of our customers, neighbors, friends, and employees very seriously. Plant It Earth takes every step necessary to make sure safety is one of our top goals.



HOW LONG HAS PLANT IT EARTH BEEN IN BUSINESS?
Plant It Earth was incorporated in 2003 to offer the best lawn care program at the most affordable price, with our customers always being our top priority. Our knowledgeable staff and excellent customers have made us as successful as we are today.



WHAT IS THE COST FOR PLANT IT EARTH TO SERVICE MY PROPERTY?
Our prices vary from property to property. We base our prices on many different factors; however, the size of your lawn is the main factor that will determine the price for your property. Please contact our office to have one of our representatives come out and give you a free lawn care analysis.



HOW WELL DOES PLANT IT EARTH COMMUNICATE WITH THEIR CUSTOMERS?
At Plant It Earth we believe that communication plays a vital role in the success of your property. This is why our technicians always leave detailed notes on your invoice letting you know what they did, what they put down, and any recommendations they may have to improve your property's appearance. Also, we give a follow up phone call after each service to keep the customers informed as to what is going on with their property.



WHAT IF IT RAINS RIGHT AFTER MY SERVICE?

If it rains right after your service, don’t be alarmed. Almost all of the products we use at Plant It Earth need to be watered in. We also spend extra money on products that begin penetrating into the plant tissue as soon as they touch. This allows the products to being working faster and more efficiently.



WHAT IF MY TREATMENT DOES NOT FALL ON MY WATERING DAY?
In the state of Florida, by law you have 48 hours after any fertilization or pest control application to water your property. This applies even if it is outside your assigned watering day.



WHAT TYPES OF INSECTICIDES DOES PLANT IT EARTH USE?
Here at Plant It Earth we use contact insecticides and systemic insecticides, which allow us to be proactive rather than reactive. Contact insecticides will kill any insects they come in contact with and systemic insecticides live in the plant tissue for up to 90 days and protect your property even between services. Systemic insecticides are a very important part of our program and these insecticides are also what allow us to keep our properties insect free when some of our competitors struggle.



ARE PESTICIDES REALLY NECESSARY FOR MY LAWN?
Yes, but at Plant It Earth we follow best management practices. This is what we refer to as using the least amount of pesticides while keeping your property, family, and community safe.



DOES PLANT IT EARTH SPRAY MY LAWN FOR FLEAS AND TICKS?
Yes, our service includes the treatment of fleas and ticks at no extra charge.



WHAT TYPES OF FERTILIZATION DOES PLANT IT EARTH USE?
Here at Plant It Earth we use a combination of granular and liquid fertilization depending on the time of the year. Also, each property is different and gets treated according to the needs of your specific property.



IF MY NEIGHBOR’S PROPERTY IS TREATED FOR INSECTS, WILL THE INSECTS MOVE OVER TO MY PROPERTY?
Yes, when a property is treated with insecticide, the insects will want to find a nearby area that will serve as their new breading ground. Here at Plant It Earth we protect our customers from this by using systemic insecticides. Systemic Insecticides have been a revolutionary breakthrough for our industry; these products are taken up through the plant’s leaf tissue and root system and live in the plant for up to 90 days. That’s means if insects come onto your property between your scheduled treatments, they will die as soon as they eat off of your turf. Systemic insecticides are very expensive, but allow us to keep our customers protected from the majority of insects including chinch bugs, even between our applications. Plant It Earth insists on being proactive rather than reactive, and systemic insecticides are one of the ways we stay proactive.



DOES PLANT IT EARTH SPRAY THE WEEDS IN MY FLOWER BEDS?
Absolutely, at Plant It Earth we treat the weeds in your flower beds and the cracks and crevasses of your driveway during every application. It is important however to know that the products we use in your flower beds will harm the plants if sprayed to close. So we do our very best to get all the weeds in your flower beds, however, any weeds coming up very close or within the plant will need to be hand pulled by your landscaper.



WHAT IS THE BEST BREED OF ST. AUGUSTINE FOR AN AREA THAT GETS ONLY PARTIAL SUN DURING THE DAY?
For areas that receive only partial sunlight throughout the day we recommend Seville or Bitter blue. However, it is very important to remember that all breeds of St. Augustine require no less than 3-4 hours of sunlight per day to thrive. To help in shaded areas, consider having the trees blocking the sun trimmed or thinned out by a professional.



WHAT IS THE BEST BREED OF ST. AUGUSTINE FOR AN AREA WITH FULL SUN?
The best breed of St. Augustine for an area that gets full sun would be floratam. Floratam is the most widely used and most common breed of St. Augustine.



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Tampa Bay Area (Main Office)
P.O. Box 3717
Plant City, FL 33566
(813) 777-7938

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(727) 451-3937

Regional Office in Orlando
(407) 234-4360

Regional Office in Sarasota
(941) 363-4650

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(704) 583-9595

 
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