North East Applications

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by PenningsLandscaping, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So I'm new to fertilizer applications, I'm currently studying the material for the PROFACT Exam in NJ, and researching on here and elsewhere on the internet for tips on getting the absolute best results. I'm looking to hear back from Northeast Applicators, a lot of my lawns that I mow are currently fertilized by TruGreen. I saw them at one of my accounts, spraying their fall applications. Now, these lawns are fried. I had no intention of ever using spray fertilizer in the fall, I was considering a spray weed and feed for the spring (a suggestion made by numerous guys on here), and slow release granular the rest of the year.

    Why are these applications frying the grass? If they turn EVERY LAWN brown why are these idiots spraying it? Again, I'm just getting my feet wet in this field, but I don't want to ever end up doing something like this, so learning now is better than hard lessons down the road.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Cool season grasses utilize the majority of N fertilizer in the Fall, building up energy reserves for the Winter... coordinate your efforts for the life-cycle of the grass...
    The life-cycle of the grass tells us one thing and the salesmen of fert&squirt tell us quite another...

    It is easy to answer 'Why' does Tru-Green spray lawns this late in the season,,, it is to make money...
     
  3. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So basically they're using high rates of nitrogen in a quick release form too late in the season? From what i understand, a slow release a few weeks earlier would be a way better choice. Thanks for responding. Still have a long way to go, but learning as much as I possibly can is my focus for the off season.
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  4. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If you implement what you learn from PROFACT, you will do fine.
     
  5. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks, since you're from NJ, do I need a commercial applicator license if I'm doing fert only, currently not planning on doing pesticides until I complete certification in that down the line. I can't find a straight answer from any government website.
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  6. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    In order to professionally apply fertilizer in NJ you must become a Certified Fertilizer Applicator by passing the PROFACT course and paying the licence fee.You do not need a pesticide licence to apply straight fertilizer.

    However, if you want to apply fertilizers which contain pesticides then you must become a NJ Commercial Pesticide Applicator or a NJ Commercial Pesticide Operator working for a company with a Pesticide Applicator Business License.
    http://www.nj.gov/dep/enforcement/pcp/bpo-appcom.htm
     
  7. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks a lot!
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