Fertilizing

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Collegiate, Nov 7, 2003.

  1. Collegiate

    Collegiate LawnSite Member
    Posts: 118

    Is there a special fertilizer that most businesses go with over another?
    And can you buy this in bulk? How much do you generally pay out for this?
    Any help is appreciated!
     
  2. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 932

    Hey Collegiate,
    We've just been getting into the fertilizer, and the best thing to do is go out to some suppliers/nurseries and talk to people.
    Do a lot of research first, so you can go in with some good questions. The main issue with fertilizers, as I have taken it (Please correct me if I am wrong here guys) is the N-P-K content, or the three big numbers on the bag as people say. They each have specific traits, and depending on what you are doing, you'll want to match the content of each one to what you are trying to do. The big thing to do though, is research, and ask questions. I have talked to the Lesco guys, who have been helpful, but ended up at a local nursery buying products because they will get me a better price on basically the same product.
    Hope this helps you out. Also, you may want to post this in teh fertilizer section to get more replies, but definitely do a search to help you get started.
    Also, make sure you get licensed for what you intend on doing if required in your state.
    Good luck, hope this helps some.
    Rob
     
  3. Collegiate

    Collegiate LawnSite Member
    Posts: 118

    Thanks twin-lawn-care... I will ask around.
    Ben
     
  4. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    In my area, Lesco seems to be the #1 choice. I use their products with their spreader so it's easy to calculate the setting. As far as price, it's depends on how much and what you buy from them. Good luck.
     
  5. gwwilson

    gwwilson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 89

    mill pricing, i purchase it by the in 50# bag
    bag cost $5.36 for 20-10-10 or starter fert $4.55 for 5-10-10
    lesco man says they can't touch this price. however,
    19-3-7 $15.65
     
  6. VMAX

    VMAX LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    i go the mill to get mine too.$7.05 for 50#bag,just bought a skid about a ton for around $300.00
     
  7. gwwilson

    gwwilson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 89

    my ton prices at the mill are:
    20-10-10 = $214 / ton 5-10-10 = $ 178 /ton
    10-10-10 = $ 198 /ton
     
  8. Collegiate

    Collegiate LawnSite Member
    Posts: 118

    When you refer to "mill", where are most located? Are you talking about a farm store or country store?
    Thank you all the replies!
     
  9. gwwilson

    gwwilson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 89

    ben jones
    "Mill" is store were farmers sell to or purchase grain
    i buy corn meal at clover leaf mill, they charge me $207/ ton
    check out yellow pages: fertilizers-retail, feed dealers
     
  10. bayfish

    bayfish LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 641

    Best time to sell your fertilization programs is in the spring. Always start with telling customers that you would like to have a soil sample done. If there is a Lesco in your area thay can send it off for you. Review the analysis with your clients and Lesco and set up a program. Lesco can help you figure your cost per thousand sq. ft. You need to know that in order to give estimates. Soil sample results will also tell you other things about the lawns condition that can mean more money for you too. Good luck.
     

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