Cool Season Fert Program

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by asjgabries, Jan 17, 2007.

  1. asjgabries

    asjgabries LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    Please share you fert Plans. Here is mine. what you think?
    1.Early spring fertilizer and pre-emergent crabgrass control
    2.Late spring fertilizer and broadleaf weed control
    3.Summer fertilizer and grub control
    4.Fall fertilizer
    5.Winter fertilizer
     
  2. dcgreenspro

    dcgreenspro LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Posts: 688

    that is pretty generic but it covers all the basics. If you are going to do nothing but fert. then this should be all you need but if you want to make some real money, do a soil test and make changes for each property. More of a headache but you will be able to charge more because you are not like the rest.
     
  3. LonniesLawns

    LonniesLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from KS
    Posts: 317

    Good timing you have the rest of the winter to really come up with a good program.

    You have two choices. One -- just use the standard Lesco program like you have above. Charge bare minimum and just try to get the grass to grow.

    Or..... set yourself apart by really researching a good program. Commit yourself to growing the BEST grass in town. It will require a fair amount of studying and work to stay up with latest research.

    Which direction do you think you are leaning?
     
  4. dcgreenspro

    dcgreenspro LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Posts: 688

    If you can get in some of the nice developments along 926, then you should be set-up. I have a couple of houses in glen mills and all i can say is you better offer aeration because the soil is Terrible. gl
     
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,353

    You must be a rookie. Get your license. Then consider adding a fall weed control. You want to kill perennials like ground ivy and dandelion plus winter annuals like chickweed, veronica, and henbit in the fall. Don't you want to at least be as good as Tru Green? Are you using a dry weed and feed? Spot spraying? Handcan? Can you afford a Lesco sprayer? Liquid weed control is better--but you don't mention which type you plan to use.
    You don't mention options like insect control--grubs for instance. How about fungus? Nutsedge? Summer annuals? Moles? Lime?
    If Tru Green does a better job and charges less--where does that leave you?
    Read through the forum--you will find a lot of ideas.
     
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,353

    Whoops! Sorry--I see grub control is included. I didn't mean to insult you. Sorry. Talk to several suppliers--they will suggest different programs suited to your area.
     
  7. ATVracer

    ATVracer LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 346

    Where is the fall broadleaf control?
     
  8. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,134

    good luck with your program
     
  9. asjgabries

    asjgabries LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    I did it last year and it went ok. I would buy materials from another large fert company but I didnt do any spraying. I am getting certified this winter so I can do it all. Would you guys do a fert app earlier than the pre-emerg. I am not just doing fertilization. I am offering it to my 200 lawn mowing customers to start out.
    I can afford any type of sprayer I want but I was thinging of some sort of ride on so that I could spread and spray at the same time. I just dont want to put to much money out if I am not going to be doing much work.
     
  10. LonniesLawns

    LonniesLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from KS
    Posts: 317

    It is impossible to help with your program until we know more about the products you are planning on using.

    Timing is fine -- its what you apply during those times that will make the difference for you.
     

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