Can anyone explain the rules or regulations to spread or spray in PA

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by tglasslawncare, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. tglasslawncare

    tglasslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am not an appliator but ofter consider what it would require to spray and spread for commercial and residential customers in PA. I hear different takes and views on this for licenses and certifications. I do mostly mowing, trimming and landscaping. Thanks
     
  2. tglasslawncare

    tglasslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just noticed spelling. Sorry, two year old was crawling on me while typing. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks
     
  3. tglasslawncare

    tglasslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ok will do thanks
     
  4. Bowbender

    Bowbender LawnSite Member
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    I am going for my core / lawn and turf exam next week. You need to be certified as a pesticide applicator if you intend to use any herbicides or pesticides when you are fertilizing. Straight fertilizer application does not require a certification, but if your intentions are to "weed" and feed you need to be certified. I have had a lot of people ask me to provide a fertlizing service for them. Until this year I passed on these opportunities. I guess you can't be too diverse in this business. For the cost of the exam materials, and the time spent studying, it should pay off within a year if I get any business at all.
     
  5. tglasslawncare

    tglasslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Bowbender. That is what I always believed to be true. Yes. I passed on the opportunities when asked because I am not certified and did not what to take any chances. Where are you taking the test? Thanks for input and good luck with the test.
     
  6. Bowbender

    Bowbender LawnSite Member
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    Taking the test in Gibsonia on Thursday. Thanks for the good luck wish. I am sure I will need it. The test is 3 hours long. There is a tremendous amount of material to digest. The core test is closed book, but the lawn and turf is an open book test.
     
  7. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just be sure to read all the material at least once. When taking the test, if you get to a question that you don't remember reading the answer anywhere just skip it and come back to it. Better to skip a question or two than get all caught up trying to find the answer. Also, don't get caught up in the time limit. Relax and you will do fine. Good Luck!
     
  8. Bowbender

    Bowbender LawnSite Member
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    Thanks Keystone! I have been studying my butt off. I am fairly confident that I will do OK, but I am still a little concerned. I will take your advice and try and chill a little. Is the practice exam anything like the real one? I did well on it, but I heard they throw in some trick questions on the real exam.
     
  9. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    The practice exam seemed a little easier than the actual exam. It's not that they throw in a trick question, just one that a few questions may be very hard to find the answer. I will say there have been a few questions on some of the exams that didnt have the right answer! The moderator said they were typos and not meant to be that way.
     

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