How early to put out mailers?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Nitroman, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
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    Everyone gets pissed when states step in and set application windows.
    Why should the state have to tell a "professional" not to apply fertilizer and pesticides to frozen ground during the winter months?
    Scotts started here on Feb 11th.
    Customers are smarter then you think.
    They know they shouldn't be getting apps under these conditions. That's where we just pick them off one at a time.
    Enjoy 6 apps as long as you can before your state makes you stop. You guys that over apply will ruin it for everyone.
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  2. Efficiency

    Efficiency LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 1,520

    Rod, I love jerking your chain. Sorry if it gets old.
    Seriously, we let clients choose 4-6 aps and guide then to as many as they can afford.
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  3. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
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    It actually gets real old
    :)

    I just see so many lawn care companies that seriously don't have a clue and it really gets my crawl.
    I don't have a problem with 6 apps if they are warranted and needed. say added insect or fung app etc
    But to just set out with a 6 app program EVERY year in Ohio is insane
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  4. Nitroman

    Nitroman LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 217

    Well said. rcreech is always trying to spoute off on threads about how more than 4 apps is robbing the customer. Much to make himself feel better because he probably can't get to more than four because of his mowing and landscaping. That sounds hate full rcreech but I say it with love.:)
    Just messing w you. Summer apps are needed though IE spurge

    To answer some of your questions

    I'm going through the post office myself(every door direct mail).

    Using Dimension or Prodiamine is ok in late February through March for our region. We're using Dimension and have had great results starting early.
     
  5. Nitroman

    Nitroman LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 217

    Your on it man! We sound like twins, we're doing all of that. Have a good spring!
     
  6. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Posts: 6,020

    Actually you are way off as we don't offer mowing or do landscaping.
    We are 100% apps and can still do it right.

    All I am going to say is look at Purdue or Ohio State.
    Why do you need to start n February?
    We have over 2000 acct and don't start til mid to late March.
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  7. Nitroman

    Nitroman LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 217

    Sounds like you have a nice set up. Purdue does say you can get your pre m out early and dimension is more heat activated anyway so it will sit there until needed. Nitrogen as you know isn't't such a big deal in the spring but we're still getting it down in April and May at a moderate rate.

    Purdue recommends five apps one being summer. We offer 6. The 2nd summer app is to keep summer annuals and perennials in check. Works for us and our customers are happy.
     
  8. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Posts: 6,020

    Can u post the bulletin of where u got that information.

    I have only seed Purdue recommend 3-4 apps and says to be careful when applying fertilizer during summer months.

    Also would like to see the information on Dimension being applied in February.

    Is this on Purdues web site?
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  9. Nitroman

    Nitroman LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 217

    Not sure where on their site it would be. I just got that from their professors and classes. Have a good spring
     
  10. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,468

    We do 6 apps but I'm in North Carolina and treat all the turf. Of the 6 only 3-4 apps are Fert. A total of 3-4 lbs N yearly depending on turf type. The rest is keeping weeds in check.
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