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Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by cleancutccl, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. cleancutccl

    cleancutccl LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 698

    My first year doing my own apps, certified/insured, and I'm doing a 4 app program with spot treatment of weeds. This program is horrible!!!! The program calls for 2 treatments spring, 2 treatments fall, nothing for summer. Luckily I was able to get a few customers to add on grub treatment for the summer. Basically my question is if you are not scheduled to do an app, do you still take the time to go and spot treat without getting paid? Next year I will use a 6 app program so my spacing should be somewhere between 6-8 weeks between applications.
  2. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,372

    I do a 4 app, one before May 15th, one before June 30th, one before September 15th, and one before the ground freezes.

    I did a couple last week, and got some pretty nasty burn spots I'm going to have to go back and fix.

    I tried to tell the customer I don't enjoy fertilizing in the summer, when it's 90+ out and the customer's watering with a hose, but I did it anyways.
  3. robertsturf

    robertsturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,402

    We do a standard 6 app program with add on's. Grub control is standard, fungicide, nutsedge, and post-emergent crabgrass control as add-on's or n/c depending on level of customer. I also offer core-aerification with Milorganite as an application coming out of the Summer in Sept. Good Luck.

    SHOWCASE LAWNS LLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 238

    We Usually Do Six Apps Plus Add Ons Grub Control / Lime / Core And Seed / Powerseed-dethatch&seed / Flea And Tick.
  5. cleancutccl

    cleancutccl LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 698

    Those posts answered some more questions. Nutsedge and post crabgrass extra. I just bought 2 bottles of drive and bottle of manage and about crapped myself when I saw the price, the stuff better work.
  6. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    I have done 4 apps. in the past years. Decent results, yeah the lawns are alive, but if you are mowing those lawns too you find that this time of year on a 4 app program there is going to be little to no growth in a week and a fairly yellow color. Not good for the bank account skipping lawns! When I say 4 apps. that's fert apps. there's actually 5 considering a broadleaf weed app in april. This year I upped it to 5 apps fert and 1 weed spray on all of my properties. The extra app. is in the first of July and is either 24-0-11 or 24-5-11 with Mach II, depending on whether the cust. is worried (or can afford) grub control. My lawns have never looked nicer. always green, tho I have to admit that with the ample rain we had here a month or so ago it was a b&%* keeping the growth cut off every week.

    For fertilizing in the heat, I see no problem with it. I don't do it as a rule. If it's above 90 or so I'm waiting. Everyone else is doing apps this week, and the temps are pushing 100. Personally I feel that's stupid...
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    The stuff will work but only if you read and follow the label. Its also good to read the reciept as you did but then use that "sticker shock" to price the applications accordingly. Drive 75 should be used with a MSO to increase efficiency. Timing is also critical. It depends on the stage of crab as well as the moisture. Like I said read the label well and you will be fine.
  8. ThreeWide

    ThreeWide LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,116

    The number of treatments needed depends on the type of turf you are dealing with, along with your climate and length of growing season.

    I use 7 applications as the standard program in my area, and often it ends up being more for some clients. We've had so much rain this Summer I really needed to add another round for everyone with warm season grasses.
  9. Holistic Landscapes

    Holistic Landscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 59

    Lawnmowerman... what type of fertilizer did you use? What brand... what setting on your spreader? What type of spreader? I'm just not fertilizing in August... period... I will offer a 0-0-7 with talstar for next year during august though... I don't think that can burn.... or mabye just straight talstar? What u guy's think?
  10. Shadygrove

    Shadygrove LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    I think you stand as much chance to burn with 0-0-7 W/Talstar as you do with 18-0-18 at 1/2 - 3/4 lb N per K.

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