Fertilization and weed control;seems pretty simple to me

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by allstar, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. allstar

    allstar LawnSite Senior Member
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    As I pick up more and more customers in this business I would like to be able to provide this service for them,but actually know very little about it.All I know is what I do on my own lawn.Every spring I apply Scott's Turf Builder Plus to my yard.I never aerate,thatch(dethatch or whatever-don't even know what it is or how to spell it),apply pesticides or anything else.I just put out the Scott's one time(probably twice what they recommend) in the spring,then cut it once-a-week(at a very low setting) and then water it when I think it needs it.I rarely see a lawn anywhere around town that looks better than mine.I have zero weeds.Common sense tells me that if I apply this product to my customer's lawns their's will look as good as mine IF they water it properly because we're all in the same area.Now I'm only talking about centipede grass but that's what the majority of people have around here.Is it really this simple?How much education do I need in this area?
  2. turfman33

    turfman33 LawnSite Member
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    Make sure you have a license to be able to apply pest and weed control. Been looking into it here in Florida. Not easy to get when you have to work with somebody (licensed sprayer) for 3 years full time. Doesn't't help when your trying to grow a business. Look into what you have to do to get licensed. If you get found out and don't have a license your in a whole heap of trouble.

  3. A1 Lawn@Landscapes

    A1 Lawn@Landscapes LawnSite Member
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    Key word there is if. Rarely do people water properly if at all with a new lawn never mind an existing lawn.
  4. sodzilla

    sodzilla LawnSite Member
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    contact your Dept. of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection office, about pest. cert. and they will tell you what to do. Here in WI, we take a course through the University extention for $45.Then when you're ready for the test contact the DATCP and they tell you when & where you can take it.

    cost for class: $45 (book & CD)
    cost for test: $60
    cost for license; $100
  5. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yards are like people. Some, No matter what you do to them they look great. Its the ugly ducklings that take the knowledge, and all of these people will hire it done. Who can't manage turf that is properly watered? Got a cancelation yesterday. Lady called and said well our front is dead and my husband wants to do something different. Checked it and it was about 50% dead. Of course they did not water and they did not bother to call when it started to look bad. So I guess that was easy enough. Easy come Easy gone.
  6. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
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    While your educating yourself on the subject. Go get the proper licenses..
  7. Lawn Tek

    Lawn Tek LawnSite Senior Member
    from u s a
    Posts: 457

    Fertilization & weed control is the most technical side of the lawn care biz . If you get your license and start , you'll soon find out how many questions your customers will ask you . Apply the wrong thing, at the wrong time ,and the wrong amount , and you have a damged lawn / landscape, mad client .
    To seperate yourself form anyone who can throw down Scotts , educate yourself , and your clients will like your service .
    Were still learning everyday
    Hope this helps
  8. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,969

    Just because you luck into making one lawn look good does not mean that one approach will work on all lawns. You need to understand the general physiology and needs of the turfgrasses in your area, and to understand special circumstances that affect the individual lawn's health. Also, of course, you need state licensing to provide this service.
  9. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This statement here is a perfect example of why you need to educate yourself. With fertilizers and weed control products, more is definitely not better. In fact, you have just succeeded in creating more runoff pollution in the environment and are the reason for pesticide bans and the fight to keep products available for the responsible applicators to use.

    Turf products are designed to release their chemical at a particular pace due to how that product is encapsulated and what the turf needs at that time. Turf plants can only absorb so much product and put it to use in a certain amount of time. The process it goes through can only be forced along (so to speak) a little bit extra. Applying more than what the plant can potentially use is a waste of money, time, and leads to the excessive runoff that our great environmentalists are screaming about, thus contaminating our future drinking water sources.

    And this, is one small aspect of what an educated applicator should know when applying products to turf. I have only been doing this for three seasons and continually learn new things on a weekly basis. Just because anyone can "apply a product" to their lawn, doesn't mean they know what they are doing and/or doing it correct.

    Definitely enroll in classes and seminars to properly educate yourself in this HUGE part of the green industry and to, in turn, help educate future clients. Certification is a must, and that still does not mean you know everything there is to know, in fact, all it means is you read the proper training manuals, passed a written test, yet have no field knowledge or real life experience whatsoever.

    Good luck with it and you can make it a profitable venture if done properly!
  10. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    Lawn maint. is easy until you run into problems.

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