lesco/anderson fert verses ag fert

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by TOTALLAWN OF KY, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. TOTALLAWN OF KY

    TOTALLAWN OF KY LawnSite Member
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    What are your opinions on ag fert verses the high dollar lesco fert
    I have bought miles fert for years and i have my own custom blends made up .I can use slow release as well. 98 % of the time it is clean and dust free.I use a spreader screen .every once in a while you might find a grain of corn or maybe some salt .my lawns look as good or if not better than the people that swear by lesco .lesco here in kentucky have not impressed me at all.
    is there a big difference between farm grade fert and the lesco brand??
    i do pay alot less and have been able to grow my business with out the help from banks or loans etc....
    is there different dangers or risk?
     
  2. GrazerZ

    GrazerZ LawnSite Senior Member
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    I buy alot of my fert from a blending plant that sells mostly ag fert. I found out real quick that the price is way better than at Lesco. Example: bought standard 2nd round fert last year 50%uflex (can't remember NPK numbers) for about $7.50 per 50lb bag. I do like the stability of Lescos Poly coat urea, but for me its not worth the extra money. Also Lesco wants me to buy atleast 3 pallets for free delivery. I can buy 2 bags and have them delivered for free from my other source.
     
  3. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    ga grade fertilizers are larger pearls. the praels are less cosistant in size and less fracture resistant (meaning more powdered pieces in the bag). Ag grade are also not poly coated and release much faster. they are designed for fast growth only, not SUSTAINED growth.

    we use andersone and feel it is well worth the extra money.
     
  4. spray guy

    spray guy LawnSite Member
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    Whether its lescos scu product or another distributors uflex product you will probably save with the uflex product if you are for example comparing lets say
    a 50 percent product. I started useing agrotains products a few years back and have been happy with the results. I started purchasing Super N seperatly and blending it with urea last year and was extremely satisfied with the results.
     
  5. TOTALLAWN OF KY

    TOTALLAWN OF KY LawnSite Member
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    Recently ,I was told by a lawnsite member that I would be sorry for using ag grade fert ? Any ideal what he means? I always get at least a 10 or 20 %slow release sulfur coated added in my blends for longer feedings .
    and another young lad explained to me there is no such thing as 35-5-10 20% slow release fert .he says he cant find it at LESCO . lol that cracks me up .I have that blend made up for fall feeding or when the soil test calls for N P K of different range . all soil test vary so i try to make up custom blends to make my job easy .My customers love the ex-tra attention they get .
     
  6. greenngrow

    greenngrow LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey Totallawn,

    Keep on using the ag grade. The only real difference is the cleanliness of the products.... I Personally know all the guys at Miles... :D Hell I worked with some of them....I am in the Ag Retail side as well as owning a LCO....

    Anderson and Lesco purchase more granular products. In the past the Ag side was using Prill Urea... Now that the market is tight the Ag side is using more Granular Urea. As for the Miles store where it located.?????
     
  7. Have a much higher salt index, and you will loose more n to leaching and volatilation Total loss for scu can be up to 26%, while urea is 53%, and nitroform (uf) is 5%

    Maybe ag fert isn't so cheap?
     
  8. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    we only use the pcscu.
    used to use ag grade, but had too much turf color VARIATION
     
  9. TOTALLAWN OF KY

    TOTALLAWN OF KY LawnSite Member
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    what are some of the dangers from fertilizer dust??
    i have known alot of applicators over the years.i have been around since 85 in the trade .i do not know of any guys that are sick ...yet
    i have seen guys wearing mask and i have worn mask on some applications
    its not a law here in ky to wear a mask does any body else wear a mask??
     
  10. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    not danger, just not an even application.

    that's the main issue with the dust
     

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