How much to charge for fertilizing?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by green-pa, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    You need a pesticide license to apply scotts winderguard. It contains 2,4D.
     
  2. Horsepower Lawns

    Horsepower Lawns LawnSite Member
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    Do you have the License?

    I don't have mine because of the cost to get it.
     
  3. Mowinforaliving

    Mowinforaliving LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,258

    Can anyone give me advice on how to obtain a spraying license? Im in North Central Oklahoma and this is my first year in the lawn buisness. I do alot of city mowing and most of the commercial stuff where im at. My equipment list is:
    2007 Dodge 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 with Cummins
    26hp liquid cooled Kawi 60" Bad Boy
    722D Grasshopper with 72" frontmount
    Lawnboy with honda on it
    Echo easy start trimmer
    Husquvarna backpack blower
    Hedge trimmers
    Chain Saw
    20' utility trailer with landscape tailgate
     
  4. Poncho25

    Poncho25 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not sure about where you live, but here in fla which to my understanding is a very strict state when it comes to this stuff, does not require you to have a license to put down straight fert. It can not contain any weed control, has to be pure furt.
     
  5. Horsepower Lawns

    Horsepower Lawns LawnSite Member
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    Someone here said in Ohio is jail time. Don't know if its true.
     
  6. ATVracer

    ATVracer LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 346

    Green-pa,

    Give the guys at Purdue Turfgrass(internet search)a call, as they can point you to some local fert dealers. Store bought fert is always outrageously priced anyway. I can get most of what I need for $13-19 a bag, the last fert I got was 30-2-10 with iron for a hair over $13/bag which covers 14.5k feet. Good luck, read up and learn.
     
  7. NC Greenscaper

    NC Greenscaper LawnSite Senior Member
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  8. ubirajara83

    ubirajara83 LawnSite Member
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    I usually charge the price of the fertilizer times two. So if it cost me 20 dollars for a bag and i use the whole bag i would charge 40 dollars
     
  9. jimmyzlc

    jimmyzlc LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think all you guys are a little low. Nothing less than $50 a yard for a 5000k yard. They are paying for your knowledge and the fact you have that license. You have more than time and gas involved. Liscensing fees, insurance (a must), potential for plant damage and replacement. Don't sell yourself short to just to make 20 bucks.
     
  10. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If I didn't I would be a real @$$ for telling you to get yours wouldn't I!
     

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