Fertilizing

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Lawnboy85, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. Lawnboy85

    Lawnboy85 LawnSite Member
    from South
    Posts: 62

    Once again, I'm too impatient to read other threads about this subject. I live in Texas, where the grass is still dormant in most yards, but there is some greenery coming up. I have one customer who has a very small yard which consists mainly of thick bermuda grass. However, there are some green weeds popping up in spots. Should I use a pre- or post- emergent fertilizer? I'm looking at using something very simple, such as your basic 'weed-and-feed.' Also, should I mow the yard first, then apply fertilizer, or apply fertilizer, then mow a week later? If anyone can help on this matter, I would appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    Lohse's Lawn Service
     
  2. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    Are you licensed to apply pesticides? If not, you cannot put down any pre-emergent or weed & feed type fertilizers. You will get caught and fined. The fine is in the thousands of dollars per offense. Regarding just fertilizer you need to check with the Texas Dept of Agriculture to see if you need a permit/license to put it down as well. However, the fertilizer application permit/license alone is much easier to get then the pesticide license.
     
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    With all due respect, if you are asking THESE questions, then you should probably leave the pesticide applications to someone who is knowledgeable and experienced, and prepared to deal with this type of situation. Or for better words,...licensed.
     
  4. DaughtryLC

    DaughtryLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 739

    I'll second that!!, You would not want to ruin someones Yard:nono:
     
  5. Perfect Lawn

    Perfect Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 170

    You dont want to kill the yard that I will be mowing every week....
     
  6. lurch

    lurch LawnSite Member
    Posts: 221

    Just answer his question.....you professionals on here like to shut us little guys down....He didn't ask if he was going to get in trouble if he laid it down....he asked HOW he should lay it down
     
  7. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    Maybe, just maybe he doesn't know he will get in trouble for applying pesticides. Do you want to pay his fine? Regarding the application of the fertilizer, I don't have any advice for him except to get the book Lawns, Your Guide to a Beautiful Yard by Nick Christians.
     
  8. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Posts: 1,209

    With all do respect for the "little guy"

    Read the label, call someone in your area, you should get licensed because they teach you this.

    This is a "starting a landscape business" thread which has nothing to do with business.

    NEVER APPLY FERTILIZER TO A DORMANT LAWN

    there is your answer.
     
  9. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    Huh? What are you talking about?
     
  10. Lawnboy85

    Lawnboy85 LawnSite Member
    from South
    Posts: 62

    You are exactly right. The big guys like to shut all the little guys down. I have 46 yards and one cemetery, with only about 10-12 of my customers being weekly jobs. I'm still very young and have lots of experience to gain. I am working my way up the professional ladder.
     

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