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Merit (costs)

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by peteloare, Sep 29, 2003.

  1. peteloare

    peteloare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 59

    What did you pay for merit this year. I had to pay $77.00 per bag and my supplier here in Michigan expects the price to climb next year.
  2. I paid about $75 for a 30 lb. bag this year.

    It was the Merit ".5G" in the blue bag.

    How heavy was your bag, was it a merit/fert combo? What was the percent of active ingredient?

    My cost per 1k/ft.sq. was about $4.50.
  3. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 661

    I paid $61.50 per bag. It was a 30lb bag of Merit .5 G
  4. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,373

    That is EXPENSIVE. I haven't used Merit in several years for that reason. I find that timing the grub control application correctly and using Dylox is the only reasonable way to go. I am in Southeast Michigan as well (right next door to Howell, in Pinckney). I did grub control applications from September 1-15, with no turf damage from the critters.
  5. TOMMY1115

    TOMMY1115 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 169

    Expect higher prices next year. Bayer keeps raising their prices annually!!
    It was actually cheaper for some guys this year to use Mach 2 1.33% 0-0-7 than it was for them to use Merit .5g. The Mach 2 has no nitrogen, just a carrier for the Mach 2 on a standard size prill which makes spreading easier to see and do.
    Not to mention, there are less mistakes putting down 3.5#/1000 (Mach 2) vs. 1.4#/1000 (Merit). True, you have more bags, but how many applicators does the average company have. They can't see the product coming out so they open the hopper a bit more, wasted product and $$$$. On top of that, each applicator has a spreader that is callibrated differently than the others because of age, useage, etc. When it comes right down to it opening a few more bags per day may save you more money in the long run.
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    I paid $73 per bag, with a 24-5-11 carrier. This covered between 15 and 21 M. Next year, it should be substantially cheaper, since I'm in a different price structure with Lesco, now.
  7. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    How does the gran. compare with the liquid, costwise?????
  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    $52 a bag from Lesco

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