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Old 05-30-2011, 09:05 PM
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should i get into fertilizing my first year in business?

i was at a lawn today, needed extreme help. i was wondering if i should try to go into fertilizer application, already have one customer who would be interested in getting it done. i figure costs to do it would be around $200(15 gallon sprayer & license)
Advise? who is already applying fertilizer?
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:09 PM
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My advice would be to work one day a week for one of the better chem companies in your area to gain some knowledge.
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:32 PM
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You talking about fert or weed control ?
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:51 PM
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Find out your local rules, laws, requirements for commercialy applying landscape related chemicals. You may have to take educational classes to aquire a liscense or bu number.

DO IT. If your already hired to cut a lawn theres a good chance they will use you for chemical applications. You have the potential gain alot more work by getting into that niche.
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I was wondering the same thing. Im 16 tho so not sure if i would be able to to get my license for that? Any of you guys know that?
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:28 PM
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i was at a lawn today, needed extreme help. i was wondering if i should try to go into fertilizer application, already have one customer who would be interested in getting it done. i figure costs to do it would be around $200(15 gallon sprayer & license)
Advise? who is already applying fertilizer?
You will need liability insurance with a pesticide clause. That is around $750 minimum. You also need a applicators license if you apply any fert with a hebicide or insecticide mixed in. Most Scotts products have an active chemical with the fertilizer. The costs start adding quickly.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:37 AM
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I was only going to do fertilizer application for now because pesticides and stuff are more complicated and like you said, need to take courses. thanks guys
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:12 AM
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In doing fertilizer only, one is leaving themself wide open. Insect, weed, and disease issues are certainly not uncommon, and when they arise, can become a larger problem fast without proper recognition, and being further masked by fert.. In one sense, you wouyld be fertilizing the weeds, too.
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Old 05-31-2011, 01:22 PM
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hey, it is what it is
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Old 05-31-2011, 01:36 PM
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fertilizing only
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