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Northern Illinois fertilizing

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by lalorslawncare, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. lalorslawncare

    lalorslawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    I have owned a small family LC company for about ten years now. I have provided full service maintence including fert and weed control to maintence customers. I currently have about 22 fert accounts using about a ton of product per application. I have previously used lesco spreader and synergy sprayer to do applications. however recently I had a minor back injury and am nervous about pushing fertilizer spreader over larger properties some are 1+ acres. I have a line on a used perma green magnum. I would like to know opinions on these machines and possibly some marketing tecniques to increase client base to justify purchase of this machine. And yes I am insured and licensed for pesticide application Thanks
  2. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Posts: 6,059

    Do you have your pest license???? :laugh:

    It doesn't take much to justify a ride on machine in my mind!

    Why do you only have 22 customers after 10 years?

    Guess that doesn't matter, but if you have a ride on you can grow like gang busters!

    The PG magnum is a great machine, expecially for smaller lawns (under an acrs).

    Good Luck!
  3. lalorslawncare

    lalorslawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    yes I have pesticide license
    I only offered applications to full season maintence customers (mowing,cleanup, snow removal) previously I have about 70 of these and I am a solo operation looking to slowly expand.
    What marketing would you recommend.
    thanks for the help
  4. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Posts: 6,059

    I was just kidding about the license. Didn't you see my little laughy guy? :laugh:

    I like post cards myself...but I am not sure there is a silver bullet. As everyone always says referrals are the best and cheapest way to pick up business.

    Good Luck...but I would think hard about picking up a ride on! Makes the work fun ad easy, and most of all-effecient!!!

    Good Luck!
  5. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,167

    I hurt my back/shoulder a few years ago and just hired a temp to ride with me for 3 months and push my spreader while I sprayed. With only 22 accounts you should only need someone a couple of times a month.

    JRCO makes a nice spreader that fits on most ZTR's.

    Keep in mind your still going to have to lift all those 50# bags. If you lift correctly, it will be the twisting that'll get ya.
  6. lalorslawncare

    lalorslawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    Thumbs UpThumbs Upactually i hurt my back planting flower bulb.. lost feeling in my toes for 3 months. chiropractor has put me back together though.
    As far as spreader for z turn thats great but I also need to spray and I would think one of those jrco spreaders would be hard to operate, and calibrate due to speed variation of zturn.
    I had some post cards printed at vista prints last week should be here tommorow. Im going to distribute them around areas I already service Ill see how it goes. I just talked to anouther LCO that I know that does not do applications he reffers all work to ChemLawn trugreen. He just told me that he will be reffering to me now. hope it works out well:Thumbs Up

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