So, to start let me say I took and passed the pesticide test last week, so I'm a certified applicator in NC. I'll pay the $75 tax (er license fee) in January, and get my license. With that out of the way I have a few questions. They might be stupid, and if they are just give me one of these As far as fertilizer spreaders go, what do y'all recommend? I've heard Lescos good. Anything else I should look at? Backpack sprayers. I've looked at Stihls. Should I look into other brands? Anything in particular I should look for in a sprayer? Any other peaces of equipment I should look into getting? I plan on getting up and running this coming season. I'll mainly be mowing, but want to add fertilizing/weed control as part of a package deal or add on service. How do ya'll go about writing contracts for weed control? I would think for pre-emergents it would be pretty strait forward. You'd write in X application at X time of year. But what do y'all do about post emergents? Do you say you'll do up to a certain number of applications a year? Are there any good reference materials y'all can recommend for identifying pests, weeds, and diseases in turf grass/ornamentals? The ornamental and turf grass book they give you to study for the pesticide test had some info, but I'd like something a little more comprehensive.