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Old 04-23-2001, 06:07 AM
Craig Turf Management Craig Turf Management is offline
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I was wondering how you sell weed control to your full service clients? I service tall fescue for the most part, and some bermuda. I sell 2 apps of preemergence and average spraying for weeds 4 times per year. I usually have to spot treat weeds in the lawn, and spray R-UP as needed to control weeds in beds. I just bought my sprayer late last spring, and I'm getting more requests for weed control.
How many times per year do you spray?
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Old 04-24-2001, 12:54 AM
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I do what is needed per property. Each client will have different needs and budgets, and desires. I offer a basic 4 step all the way to a monthly service for the really hard to please customers. Here in Arkansas, we have fescue, bluegrass, bermuda and zoysia lawns. All must be treated differently at different times! Dave
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Old 04-28-2001, 08:07 AM
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Bill...

I offer the following services;

1- Ornamental bed and curb weed control. This service is performed in conjuction with weekly mowing operations. Either spraying or hand pulling (larger) weeds. Price is set per visit.

2- In-turf post-emergent weed control. This service is performed in spring and fall. Price is based on per-gallon use. I don't spray in the 85+ degree weather (from June thru August)as to not damage the fescue.

3- In-turf pre-emergent weed control. This service is two applications of weed pre-m in the early spring, with a little fertilizer. Priced per pound.

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Old 04-30-2001, 04:41 PM
Craig Turf Management Craig Turf Management is offline
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I appreciate your response. What I'm having trouble with is this. When a potential client calls me for a quote, I know how many times per year I need to mow, how many fert apps. to sell, but if I don't sell enough weed control I don't want to have to come up mid season and have to try to get more money to apply additional herbicide, and might even be expected to eat the cost if I haven't controlled the weeds in the turf with the apps that I sold in the initial bid. Being new to spraying I want to appear professional and knowledgable, but to tell the truth, I'm guessing at how many apps of herbicide to sell.
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Old 05-09-2001, 07:13 PM
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Bill...

I've always tell my clients that we cut X amount of times, apply X pounds of Fert, etc. etc, however POST weed control is a big unknown from year to year. I explain it to them in this way; "I might use 4 gallons one year and the next use 40 gallons, so if I were to include POST weed control in the turf in the agreement, which amount do you think I'm going to factor in? I think it's only fair to YOU to bill you for what I actually use, not what I may use." It always goes over well when I put it that way.
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Old 05-10-2001, 12:19 AM
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You may want to get certified before you get started applicating. In our state I must carry an individual license. and a business app. license and insurance. Many people make the mistake of doing without a license. It carries some nasty fines. You can't even apply round-up with out a license. If your competition sees you applying without one they will be the first to "blow the whistle". Just some friendly advise.
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Old 05-10-2001, 12:53 PM
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smburgess,
Great response. I don't know why I haven't considered your approach.

Lawn GOD,
What about my post lead you to believe that I may not be certified? I've had my pesticide application certification for two years.
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