Marketing Fertilizer/weed control

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by LawnGuy110, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm still new at this though so if I'm going at this the wrong way point me in the right direction. Seems more and more like I'm gonna be buying a bigger skid =D The fertilizer portion of this I have down to granular, like you said earlier. My main thing is the weed control that I'm a little confused on.
     
  2. GreenGuysLC

    GreenGuysLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    keep in mind customers pay you to keep weeds out of the lawn, not let them grow, then kill. When they see weeds they will start shopping. Thats how I have gained so many clients already. Figure out your main turf type, build your program to that turf type. Learn which chemicals are best suited from pre to post... and use your co-op or JDL pros to guide you. I can assure you liquid is much cheaper than granular, and IMO works faster and better. Keep in mind if you are doing fescue, you are in a different game than I am... I am warm season grasses and I am usually trying to Kill Fescue..lol Some of my products wont fare as well on fescue and the timing of different apps will be different.
     
  3. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Do you think it would be better to do a blanket app of weed killer or something of that sort?
     
  4. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I guess I'm somewhat lost at this. Would liquid spraying to kill what is there and then do like a liquid pre em to prevent weeds work better than granular for the pre em portion?
     
  5. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just looked through the lesco catalog. This is starting to make more sense now.
     
  6. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The typical pre-emergents do not stop broadleaf weeds. Liquid weed control is the only way to fly. Granular weed control does not work very well and how are going to stop a granular weed control product from getting on desirable plants. If you do not do a good job of weed control you will be out of this line of work in a hurry.
     
  7. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Classic I'm from va as well. No blanket spraying will equal no job in our area. I do round one all granular per with fert round two is blanket weed and granular very. I use a ride on. Yes granular is typically more expensive but without my ride on I was doing a blanket on round one as well most of the yards had zero weeds. The ride on saves money there and never mind time don't buy two skids.
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  8. GreenGuysLC

    GreenGuysLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    Your pre is very important. Your post is only necessary to blanket on new customers in bad shape. If a lawn is in good shape just spot spray your post and save money. Knowing your lawns will go a long way. My first app I do blanket pre and post just because I can do it more efficiently on routes with new customers as well as old. Second round I will be more spit spraying for weeds...blanket pre on late customers. And some will still require a blanket post app. There is a lot to soak in for sure. What chemicals...time frames...fert blends...will drive you mad..
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  9. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Basically what I was thinking of doing was if they have alot of weeds at first then do a liquid post app to kill all weeds that are already there and then after that use granular pre ems
     
  10. Jcl4slc

    Jcl4slc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Let's smoke some weeds. My 2014 advertising campaign
     

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