How many applications a year????

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by jt5019, May 2, 2004.

  1. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I dont get into the pesticide/fertilizer side of things (not licensed)Yesterday i pull up to a new account and the grass is about 8 inches tall and it was just mowed 5 days earler.The owner comes outside and asks me how many times a year he should fertilize.I told him i dont really get into that end, but i believe around 4 times is pretty common.He tells me tru green chemlawn is doing 8 to 9 applications on his lawn :eek: it seems like every other week they are putting something down he said.Isnt this overkill and just asking for the lawn to burn up?I told him he should look somewhere else because i think hes getting robbed.He really wanted me to do it for him but im not taking the chance of being fined.
     
  2. Josey Wales

    Josey Wales LawnSite Member
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    8 or 9 applications per year isn't necessarily bad. It totally depends on what is being applied. If it were 8 or 9 individual fertilizations then I'd be suspicious but surely some of those apps are preemergents, soil amendments, grub control etc.....

    Each invoice from TGCL should show exactly what was applied at the time.
     
  3. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    I am in SE Texas and my program will be a 7 app one. That way I can get out to in time to stop any chinch bug activity before it causes too much trouble....
     
  4. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I do have to admit the lawn did look good and was growing like hell,but with all the rain we have been getting that was expected.I guess if it looks good and the customer is willing to pay no harm done...
     
  5. ArizPestWeed

    ArizPestWeed LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Do y'all need a license to apply fert?
     
  6. steve in Pa.

    steve in Pa. LawnSite Senior Member
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    we do a 5 step fert & squirt with a grub control optional for 6.
     
  7. mr scag

    mr scag LawnSite Member
    from n e oh
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    sounds like tru green,the solution to all problems...another application !
     
  8. kppurn

    kppurn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Same here. Usually one blanket broadleaf app. when needed and the rest of the time spot spray.

    It really depends on what they are applying. If they are putting down a pound of N for 9 applications, you may have problems. If it's just water, you should be fine.:)
     
  9. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    if the applications are done properly and timely, as well as watering, minimal applications are neccesary(but i aint tellin the customer)
     
  10. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 593

    LOL Scag...the stories I could tell...
     

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