Is it possible to only do dry fert?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Djk83, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. coolluv

    coolluv LawnSite Gold Member
    from Atlanta
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    Why will a skid do a better job? I know its cheaper to spray with a skid...lower cost per thousand.

    Dave...
     
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Look for a used 50 gallon skid if possible, if not I would get a drop in system that goes into a Lesco fert spreader. With both of these you could premix and do a lot of area pretty quickly.
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  3. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Better products, custom mix, folar feeding,
    to name a few.
     
  4. coolluv

    coolluv LawnSite Gold Member
    from Atlanta
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    So you don't feel granular fert products are as good as liquid?

    I understand the custom mix, as you can ad bio packs and custom blend your mix for the conditions. But I have had great results from Anderson granular fert products as well as the organic based granular products such as Screemin Green.

    Dave...
     
  5. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
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    Lawn fertilizing is like pizza. One guy says Chicago style deep dish with sausage is the best. Next guy says, no way, New York thin crust with pepperoni and mushrooms is the best. My wife says a garbage veggi pizza is the best.:dizzy:

    You can get great lawns by through many methods. Everyone has their ways and everyone says their was is the best.
     
  6. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
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    Backpacking and pushing is ok to start out but you will quickly find you need to expand your application equipment!
     
  7. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    I think some times you can get good results with dry and I often will apply a slow release in the late spring. However I often tank mix with Iron / micros and herbicides so dry is not as good for me.
     
  8. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    In my opinion there is nothing wrong with using granular ferts and pre emergents. I use them all the time with great results [granular or liquid needs watered in to get good results]. Unless you have some pretty small lawns you do need something more than a pump up backpack sprayer though.

    If granular ferts do not work well then why would they put hoppers on Permagreens, T3000s and Z Sprays instead of all tanks?
     
  9. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Volume issues.
     
  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Dry fert is fine for crabgrass control. For broadleafs liquid is better...HOWEVER...there is a new broadleaf dry herbicide called "Lockup". It is far superior to previous products. And very low toxicity--a federal "Reduced Risk" product.
    http://www.dowagro.com/turf/products/herbicides/lockup.htm
    Dry weed and feeds are more expensive, less effective...and do not look professional... as that is what the homeowner is using. Dry weed and feed products are for drop spreaders, not suitable for a rotary spreader, because it throws some of the product into the bushes and flowers.
    So...be sure you have a snazzy uniform--it makes you look more professional. Maybe a Cintas uniform with a professionally cleaned outfit every day. And get your hair cut and that snaggly beard trimmed. Write it all off--its now a business expense. And your truck with lettering has to look sharp--no ten year old rust bucket, with your name in grafitti spray paint. OK?

    let us know what happens, OK, Cool?
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2012

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