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Old 11-12-2012, 09:16 PM
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Starting out in NC

Im trying to get started for next year in NC and was wondering about the landscape contractors license. I saw that they are trying to pass new legislation about landscape contractors and didnt know what happened about that. I was looking at the application to take the test and it asks about experience and or clients, right now the experience i have is working on golf courses in high school, and doing a sports turf management internship in college with a focus on sustainable turf management. Recently i have been out of work and my last position was with a company harvesting rainwater. So my question is should i go ahead and get the landscape contractors license or wait until after my first year and have some clients to put down. I am really interested in landscaping and as a kid growing up i was always pushing my mower around and cuttin' grass. I hate being inside and cant wait to get started i love working outdoors and with my hands. Any advise would be very helpful. This forum has been great so far!
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:03 PM
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I'm doing some research into the NC landscape contractor license and don't believe it applies to what I do, your situation may be different. If you want to be a full service company, work on your applicator license. I'm attending a class next week in Raleigh to get that particular license so I can do spray chemical applications in addition to mowing, leaf cleanup, hedge trimming, etc. It's good for your business to provide one-stop shopping for your customers. Good luck.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:17 PM
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Which class are you taking in Raleigh next week. I live in Raleigh and im interested in taking the applicator license class to help my business grow.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:24 PM
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I'm in Wilson and found that applications soon come after mowing. I started as a mow only company and naturally fertilization comes as an easy add on. Plus you need a lisense to spray round up.

I've now got a pretty good mow business and the applications are on the rise. I'd love to do only applications/aerations/etc,

I'm actually headed up to Raleigh tmrw to take the pesticide exam to be able to treat for mosquitos.

If any of you guys would like to network and share what is working for you in NC i'm open.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:44 PM
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I'm in Wilson and found that applications soon come after mowing. I started as a mow only company and naturally fertilization comes as an easy add on. Plus you need a lisense to spray round up.

I've now got a pretty good mow business and the applications are on the rise. I'd love to do only applications/aerations/etc,

I'm actually headed up to Raleigh tmrw to take the pesticide exam to be able to treat for mosquitos.

If any of you guys would like to network and share what is working for you in NC i'm open.
I have been thinking about adding mosquito treatments myself. I didn't realize you had to have a special endorsement other than your regular applicators license.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:52 PM
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I have been thinking about adding mosquito treatments myself. I didn't realize you had to have a special endorsement other than your regular applicators license.
You need the public health endorsement.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:48 PM
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I have been thinking about adding mosquito treatments myself. I didn't realize you had to have a special endorsement other than your regular applicators license.
What equipment is needed for the mosquito treatment? A sprayer or a fogger?
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:46 PM
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I'm in Wilson and found that applications soon come after mowing. I started as a mow only company and naturally fertilization comes as an easy add on. Plus you need a lisense to spray round up.

I've now got a pretty good mow business and the applications are on the rise. I'd love to do only applications/aerations/etc,

I'm actually headed up to Raleigh tmrw to take the pesticide exam to be able to treat for mosquitos.

If any of you guys would like to network and share what is working for you in NC i'm open.
I live in Clayton, just took the exam a few months back and got my license. I'm going to be strictly applications, no mowing. But it's only a part time gig for me. Next week will be my first lawns for pre-m. I called for an insurance quote and the lady asked me what my expected gross sales will be? I said good question. I'm hoping for about $2000 my first year.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:18 AM
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Hey Pick - where are you located in NC? Anywhere close to Asheville?
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:19 AM
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Im not to close but not very far- located in Winston
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