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Help!!! Starting new fertilizing company

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by sbroccoj, May 13, 2010.

  1. sbroccoj

    sbroccoj LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    Hi Im John located in northern NJ. Im looking to start a fertilizing company from scratch. I used to have my own landscaping company a few years back and did some fert. not too serious. Im looking to do strictly fertilizing/spraying now. Anyone have ideas or can assit me with start up and what I would need. Also whats involved??

    Thanks in Advance,
  2. Riaan

    Riaan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    Hi John, I'm also busy setting up a new fertilizing company but on the other side of the world, South Africa. We've been doing landscaping for the last 5 year and decided to start with a indipendant fertilizing service, focussing on warm season grasses. I'm in the process of finalising our fertilization, herbicide, fungicide, pesticide programs. Good luck!
  3. Green Scape

    Green Scape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 79

    There is alot involved, and to be learned in order to be a profitable company. I wish i could give you a short answer to help you, but its just not that simple. What i will suggest is to invest in the right equipment, and don't half ass any aspect of the business. Oh yeah, make sure you're LICENSED>>>>>>
  4. sbroccoj

    sbroccoj LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    what type of equiptment do you recommend?
  5. GrassIsGreenerLawnCare

    GrassIsGreenerLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 636

    ohh boy here we go.....theres gonna be a million guys on here sayin " ARE YOU LICENSED!!??" hahaha thats all u hear when some1 asks a question about fert apps and anything to do w/ fertilizing lol
  6. xclusive

    xclusive LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,052

    Well for starters you need to take a 2 category 3a(ornamental) and 3b(turf) classes if you do not have 40 hours of verifiable on the job training. The courses cost $125 each. Once you take the courses and get your certificate then you are able to take 3a and 3b exams. You also need to take the core exam as well. Once you pass the exams you have to register with the state for a commercial applicator license. After that you must get insurance. Once you get your commercial applicator license and business insurance you have to apply to the state for a pesticide applicator business license.

    Of course this is all after you have registered a business in nj.
  7. sbroccoj

    sbroccoj LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    thanks for the help! where are these classes? How can I signup for them?
  8. xclusive

    xclusive LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,052

    Do a google search and you should be able to find it.
  9. sbroccoj

    sbroccoj LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    I see alot of talk about machines to do fertilizing. Alot of companies by me just use lesco spreaders and backpack sprayers. Wont they work for residential accounts?
  10. xclusive

    xclusive LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,052

    By no means is this meant to disrespect you but it sounds like you do not have that much experience in pesticides. My suggestion would be try to find job with a company that can teach you about applications before you go off and start a business of your own.

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