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ant
08-23-2000, 09:09 PM
ANY OF YOU GUYS JUST FERTILIZE as a business ,or should i say lawn treatments ,NO MOWING?
THANKS ANTHONY

[Edited by anthonygrelli on 09-03-2000 at 09:28 PM]

Evan528
08-23-2000, 10:40 PM
what would be the advantage to a costomer over not doing anything at all? All that would do is make the weeds and grass grow really fast.

Kent Lawns
08-24-2000, 04:35 AM
I think he meant fert/weed, no mowing.

ant
08-30-2000, 05:08 PM
anybody?

Evan528
08-30-2000, 07:08 PM
anthony, I have about 6 acounts right now that i only do the treatments to there lawn because they mo it them selves. There all right near other accounts of mine and the money is great.

MOW ED
08-30-2000, 07:11 PM
I don't , its an interesting concept. There is a guy in my area who is an independent fert only guy. He is a UPS man full time and he and his wife do the fert. They also do some aeration. The business is great for them and they have recently purchased a large tanker to spray with. Brand new! There has to be money in it.

Lazer
08-30-2000, 09:24 PM
I do have 2 mowing crews, but I personally only fertilize. I have many (150+) that get fertilizer only- no mowing.

KirbysLawn
08-30-2000, 09:35 PM
I hope to grow up one day to be like Lazer! Wow, 150 fert accounts, I'm sure very good money!

Lazer
08-30-2000, 09:55 PM
Those are the FERT ONLY accounts.

I have a total of 300-some that I fertilize. (12,000,000 sq. ft. or so)

Some are really big and that skews the numbers.

ant
09-02-2000, 10:26 PM
thanks again
anthony

Ocutter
09-03-2000, 08:37 AM
Lazer- wow!!! Your supplier must love you.

jeffyr
09-03-2000, 02:53 PM
I think I would have trouble selling fertilizer only. Do your customers ever ask about any other services such as weed control or grub control ? How do you handle such questions ?
I'm not trying to be difficult, but the customers I have want one person taking care of the yard. I have a couple of chem. only accounts. But none that just want fertilizer.

jeffyr

accuratelawn
09-03-2000, 03:05 PM
Lazer...
How is the ride-on spreader working out for you?
My goal is to grow the fertilizer side of my business.
Only about 30 fert accounts now. At what point is the ride on spreader worth the investment in your opinion.

Lazer
09-03-2000, 06:09 PM
I purchased the Perma-Green Ride-On spreader this spring and it's okay.

The one I built (on the core chassis of an Exmark Turf Tracer) is by far better, smoother, more maneuverable, more reliable, more stable, more versatile and more powerful. (For not much more money)

I also have 2 walk-behind (power) spreader-sprayers.

At what point do you need a ride-on?

About at age 30. :)

ant
09-03-2000, 06:22 PM
JEFF: I am going to edit my question to :fertilization business only. we do weed control/insect control only on a as needed terms, except pre-m. all get pre-m except the total shade lawns.

jeff what part of new jersey are you from?
anthony

lawrence stone
09-03-2000, 09:01 PM
lazer wrote:

>The one I built (on the core chassis of an Exmark Turf Tracer) is by far better, smoother, more maneuverable, more reliable, more stable, more versatile and more powerful. (For not much more money)



Thats funny I only have a grand total of $1400 (+another $300 when you include a sulky)into my ride on sprayer(15 gal) and spreader 100lb and it also mows and even bags 44" of turf when needed.

Sometimes homemade stuff just works better cuz you have
developed it to fit YOUR needs.

BTW it also uses only a half gallon of fuel/hour.

Keith
09-03-2000, 09:34 PM
Lawrence, do you have pictures you could post of your sprayer/spreader. I am thinking of building one myself.

jeffyr
09-04-2000, 08:15 AM
Anthony,

I am from Bergen County...How about you ?

ant
09-04-2000, 09:22 AM
jeff: gloucester co.(glassboro area)

OLD CHAPP
09-04-2000, 01:34 PM
We have 3 lawn maintenance crews and 2 fert. crews,
I think you would have to do both to make it work.
Most of the landscapers that know do both or just
cut 4 days and fert 2 days ??

ant
09-04-2000, 08:15 PM
chap: sounds like you got a plan.i used to cut and fert. help got so bad that i had to sub out the mowing. i fertilize for a local lawn maint. cutter. all is working well. he does my cutting.


chap how many fert. accounts do you do per round.
adv. square feet?
anthony

OLD CHAPP
09-04-2000, 10:43 PM
WELL ANT. BEFORE MY BROTHER LEFT WE WERE DOING A LOT OF BIG ACCOUNTS NOW IT'S JUST ME AND A FEW GOOD WORKERS, WE DO ABOUT 125 ACCOUNTS THAT COME OUT TO BE ABOUT 825,000 SQ FT. I DO KNOW WHAT YOU WENT THROUGH WITH HELP WHEN MY BROTHER LEFT IT WAS HARD BECAUSE HE WAS THE FERT MAN I WAS THE CUTTER/FERT MAN.BUT WE GET BY WITH OUT HIM WE GOT SOME GOOD FOREMAN AND PAID THEM GOOD SO WISH US LUCK.

morturf
09-04-2000, 10:58 PM
i am a full treatment, make the grass grow, kill the weeds, fix the bare spots, no mowing firm. i have 250+ accounts.