Welcome to MIKE GAST Lawn Care, Inc.

At MIKE GAST Lawn Care, Inc., you will receive professional support for all phases of your project: From consultation to maintenance, we will gladly take care of your concerns.


You can choose between a full planning or an individual consultation, between the sensible integration of existing elements or a completely new design. Our work always meets the highest quality requirements, and also includes fresh ideas.


We provide services to:

  • Single Family Homes
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Residential & Commercial Condominium Complexes
  • Motels & Hotels
  • Adult Living Facilities & Nursing Homes
  • Office Buildings
  • Banks & Retail Stores
  • Industrial Properties
  • Master Builder/Developer Projects

Your landscaping or gardening project is always in good hands with our landscapers. Our service includes all project phases from planning to maintenance. In the process, we always keep your personal wishes and needs in mind.

 

See for yourself just how professional and creative our work is!

Our Target Markets are Sarasota and Bradenton.  

  • Lakewood Ranch in Bradenton
  • Heritiage Harbour in Bradenton
  • Waterlefe & Gray Hawk Landing in Bradenton
  • Palmer Ranch in Sarasota
  • Stoneybrooke & Turtlerock in Sarasota
  • Siesta Key in Sarasota
  • Rivendale in Osprey

These are just a few of the many areas we are currently working.  You have probably already seen our Trucks and the quality work that we do.

EMPIRE SOYSIA the new best grass

Zoysia grasses were introduced into the United States from Asia.  The most common variety in SW Florida is a patented one call Empire zoysia.  It has a dark green color and a plush carpet feel.  Zoysia may be more drought tolerant than St. Augustine grasses, but still needs weekly water in our hot summer sun.  It is slower growing than St. Augustine, and should be mowed a little lower.  We can control weeds and other invading grasses that cannot be treated with St. Augustine. Empire meets the Florida Green Building Coalition's "Green Building" standards.  It is the required turf for all new lawns in Lakewood Ranch east of Loraine Road.

 

Advantages

  • Adaptable to wide variety of soils
  • Shade tolerance excellent
  • Salt tolerant
  • Withstands traffic
  • Resists weed invasion due to its dense growth
  • Chinch bug resistant
  • slow growth requires somewhat less maintenance

Disadvantages

  • Dense growth may require occasional dethatching
  • Slow recovery from damage such as our recent frost
  • Tends to have shallow roots, potassium very important

 

 

 

Palm Deficiencies

ROOT INJECTION for TREES and PALMS

For many years horticulturalists have been talking about treating palms and trees by injecting needed materials into the soil near the tree's drip line. See Deep Root Injection Feeding, Theory and Practice in Tree and Shrub Maintenance. http://www.fshs.org/Proceedings/Password%20Protected/1973%20Vol.%2086/490-492%20(BARDSLEY).pdf.

For the last year or so MIKE GAST Lawn Care, Inc. has been using deep root soil injections for nutrient deficient palm trees. We have been very favorably impressed with palms becoming greener and seemingly healthier. With the recent frost in the area people are particularly concerned about their brown palm fronds and recovery of the palms.
If you are on our fertilization program we have been applying slow release granular palm fertilizer to replenish the lacking Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, and maybe Iron and Nitrogen. Your trees have a good chance for recovery. Christmas Palms and Foxtail Palms will have the most difficulty.
Because of the added stress on palms this year we are recommending that everyone have us inspect their trees and consider a root injection of nutrients to stimulate rapid and prolonged recovery. Liquid root injection is absorbed right away while granular slow release fertilizer activates only when watered.
So what will we do?
We have had made to our specifications a special metal injection rod with holes at the tip. We connect this to a high pressure pump that forces a liquid mixture thru the rod and into the ground around 8-12 inches near the roots of the tree. See video. Injections are placed in a grid pattern in and around the tree's drip line. The high pressure injection forces the water fertilizer mix throughout the root zone, feeding the plant, reducing soil compaction, and encouraging additional root zone aeration which promotes natural nitrification of the soil.
We recommend consideration of this technique in early Spring for frost recovery and in the late Fall to help endurance of the winter cold. The national standard for tree fertilization, ANSI A300 Part 2 says, "Sub-surface (deep Root) fertilization is preferred when lawn grass is present."
We also have been using root injections to combat "frizzle top" caused by Manganese and Potassium deficiency. See Palm Nutrition Guide, http://www.floridaplants.com/horticulture/palm.htm, and Potassium Deficiency in Palms, http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep269.
We are also investigating using root soil injections with Orthene and Merit fungicide/insecticides for the control insects and fungus. This process prevents spraying poisons into the air and may provide better control.
Some experts on the deadly Lethal Yellowing and Texas Phoenix Palm Decline, are recommending that extra nourishment from root injections coupled with direct trunk or frond injections of Oxytetracycline HCL will keep palms healthier longer. See Lethal Yellowing (LY) of Palm, http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pp146.
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