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Old 03-21-2014, 04:31 PM
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Fertilizer Sprayers

I am new to the fertilizing world. I am currently using granular fertilizer that covers about 9,000 sq per 40lbs bag. My cost is about $25 a bag. I am not making too much profit because I don't want to charge my customers an outrageous amount. I have a few accounts that are 30,000 - 50,000 sq that I mow and I would like to give them a reasonable rate to fertilize and also make a good profit.

I am looking at a sprayer from tractor supply to start off with. It sprays at 2.1 gpm and has a 30 gal tank. I know its not big but it would do to start with. Here's the link.

http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/stor...sprayer-30-gal

Let me know if this is something I could make work for awhile or not.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:41 PM
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A 30-50,000 lawn area requires a 200 gallon tank. Do a search on liquid fertilizers. I agree that they can be a good tool for management of warm season grasses growing under difficult conditions. However, you need the right equipment to make the application. A 30 gallon tank is good for maybe 12,000 sq ft max and the pump system had better be capable of 6 GPM to make that application in an economical amount of time.
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:52 PM
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Shop around. The main problem is that your fert cost is too high. Talk to several suppliers. Dry fertilizer is faster and the equipment is cheaper--the application just costs less, due to labor and equipment savings.
Remember you cannot apply crabgrass or weed control without spray certification.
I assume you are not licensed--try to get your spray license.
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Shop around. The main problem is that your fert cost is too high. Talk to several suppliers. Dry fertilizer is faster and the equipment is cheaper--the application just costs less, due to labor and equipment savings.
Remember you cannot apply crabgrass or weed control without spray certification.
I assume you are not licensed--try to get your spray license.
True, but I would avoid calling it a "spray license". It is a pesticide license. Regardless of whether the pesticde is a liquid or granular you will still need a license if you are a business. There are too many people that assume you only need the license if you are spraying. Also many people think that pesticides = insecticides. Pesticides are herbicides (pre-emergents, post-emergents, etc) fungicides, insecticides, rodenticides, etc. Even growth regulators in my state require a pesticide license. Some states also require a separate license for fertilizer.

If you are business and you go to Lowes, Home Depot to buy some Scotts Halts, or weed-n-feed, and you intend to apply to a customer lawn for money, you need to have a license.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:37 AM
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Thanks for the advice. I know all the ins and outs of what you need a license for and things like that. I am taking the applicators class in April.(its the next available class)

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greendoctor A 30-50,000 lawn area requires a 200 gallon tank. Do a search on liquid fertilizers. I agree that they can be a good tool for management of warm season grasses growing under difficult conditions. However, you need the right equipment to make the application. A 30 gallon tank is good for maybe 12,000 sq ft max and the pump system had better be capable of 6 GPM to make that application in an economical amount of time.
I was going by the things that I read on here that the average is 1 gallon per 1,000sq and about 2gpm. In that forum it said they could spray 1,000sq in about 30 seconds.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:56 AM
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I was using John Deere Landscapes for our products and was paying on average $20-22 per bag depending on product. This year we are going with Advanced Turf Solutions and will be paying an average of $15-17 per bag for the same if not better product. Maybe call around and shop for the best price.
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Thanks for the advice. I know all the ins and outs of what you need a license for and things like that. I am taking the applicators class in April.(its the next available class)



I was going by the things that I read on here that the average is 1 gallon per 1,000sq and about 2gpm. In that forum it said they could spray 1,000sq in about 30 seconds.
By average do you mean applying with a skid or a rider?
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By average do you mean applying with a skid or a rider?
They were using a skid. I understand it would take more with this pull behind.
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