Frequently Asked Questions

Landscape and Lawn Care Services

Why should I use a professional landscape care service?

Creating and maintaining a lush, healthy landscape takes time, effort and knowledge. Weather, weeds, insects and diseases all can degrade a landscape if not recognized early and dealt with effectively. When you compare the cost of doing it yourself, a professional can save you time, money and frustration.

How often should I water?

You should always check with your local water management district first, but as a general rule, 3/4 inch to 1 inch of water, 2 times per week is recommended for most landscapes. During the winter months, 3/4 inch to 1 inch of water once every 7 to 10 days is adequate. Any rainfall that occurs between watering should be counted towards your plan. If you have questions about
your watering practices, ask our experts or schedule a free landscape inspection. 813 373-5637

How do phosphorous-free fertilizers help protect our water?

Phosphorous is an essential nutrient that feeds weeds and algae. An over abundance of phosphorous in freshwater (along with nitrogen) causes weeds and algae to grow out of control. This creates a nuisance for recreational activities and can also kill fish and alter the growth patterns of other aquatic life. Reducing phosphorous that could end up in freshwater sources helps maintain nature’s balance and keeps our water clean.


What is aeration and why is it good for my lawn?

Aeration removes plugs of soil (about the size of your thumb) from your lawn and allows oxygen, water and nutrients to flow freely into the root zone. Aeration reduces water runoff by opening up the soil to receive the water downward rather than letting it puddle onto sidewalks and driveways. What can I do about all these weeds in my lawn?
Create a thick, healthy lawn through proper fertilization, mowing and watering practices. A healthy, well-maintained lawn keeps weeds from establishing and growing to full potential. The professionals at A-1 Landscape will design a customized program that will create the thickest and healthiest lawn for your landscape. When necessary, we will use targeted treatments to help remove weeds.

What type of grass is best for my lawn?

Some grasses do better in full sun than shade and vice versa. Check our chart below for details on specific grasses:
Grass Type
Mowing Height
Best Location
Floratam (St. Augustine grass)
3.5 to 4 inches
Full sun areas
Seville (St. Augustine grass)
2.5 to 3 inches
Moderately shaded areas
Bitter blue (St. Augustine grass)
3 to 3.5 inches
Slightly shaded areas
3.5 to 4 inches
Full sun areas
Bermuda grass
1 to 1.25 inches
Full sun areas
Centipede grass
1 to 2 inches
Full sun to partially shaded areas
Zoysia grass
1 to 2 inches
Full sun to moderately shaded areas
Tall Fescue
1.5 to 3 inches
Full sun to moderately shaded areas

What’s the best way to keep the grass around trees and shrubs evenly cut?

You should consider creating a grassless border around them with mulch instead of trimming. The mulch barrier means less stress due to
shade, plus it gives you easier access with the mower.