Ohio exam results

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by zurfsturfcare, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. zurfsturfcare

    zurfsturfcare LawnSite Senior Member
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    For those of you that have taken the ohio exam how long did you have to wait till your results were up? Thanks
     
  2. Pythium

    Pythium LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 166

    About 2-3 weeks. It does take longer to get the license application.
     
  3. turf&tree

    turf&tree LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    It usually takes us about a solid week to get results. You can go online and get your pass/fail rating and the written results will be mailed to you in about 2 weeks. I am licensed in about 10 categories so I have done this a few times.
     
  4. mowtivated lawn Care

    mowtivated lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 38

    How was the test, hard or easy? Sure it can't be anyhting I can't handle but just curious! Also does it require any past chemical app experience to be able to apply to lawns? I have the paperwork ready to be filled out but want to make sure I meet the basic requirements.
     
  5. turf&tree

    turf&tree LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    Hey, Mow. All things being relative, the tests can be easy when you study for them. Some had more questions than others. Some were very redundant. I got licensed back in the 80's was an applicator for years then went into construction for 10 yrs and let my license expire. I recently retook all 10 tests and passed on the first try. The only thing I noticed that was different in all those years was now there are endangered species on the test, and there is nothing about LD50 anymore. Use common sense on the Core test, know how to read a label.Those are the main things I can stress. As far as past experience to apply, no you do not need any past experience. However I would recommend getting the right equipment for the job. I hate to say it but your local Lesco/JDL dealer should be able to help with that. They will give you instruction on how to use it properly, hopefully teach you how to calibrate it , etc. Also USE THE WEB. I wish we had this wayyyy back in the day when I started. What a great tool!!!! These threads are another great source for info as well as Ohioline. The OSU website. I hope I am not too long winded for you . One more thing. Classic rookie mistakes are not knowing what your up against !!! Ie. insects, diseases, weeds, environmental conditions, Etc. We do lawn applications, tree and shrub feeding as well as Trunk injections. You must know what you are treating and the proper window to treat it. If not you are wasting your and the customers money and possibly polluting the environment. Also keep up on the latest greatest equip and chemicals. This year we will be using a Dupont insecticide that has no label warning= low to no toxicity. What a great product!!! If you want more info I or any member would be happy to help.
    Jim
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2009
  6. turf&tree

    turf&tree LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    Do it once and do it right. Everyone will be happy
     
  7. mowtivated lawn Care

    mowtivated lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 38

    Thanks Turf and tree, I am just trying grow and offer more services to my customers, maybe the next Sean Adams, lol yeah right. Anyways I have just been doing Internet research while on midnights because the only fertilizer experience I have had is buying a bag from lowes and treating my lawn. Going that route would show no profit. So far have not located a sight to give the whole run down on educating oneself to know more then the basics to fertilizing. If all goes well this year for me I will hopefully get into the fertilizer business next year if I can educate myself and find a good wholesale buyer so that I can make a profit. My goal would to get at least half of my accounts to use my fertilizer service vs the huge companies they already have. I have heard that there is no money in the fertilizer around here because the big companies get the product cheap and have the all locked up. On charging a basic season fert do you usually base it off the sq ft to. I would think that would be an easy way to go. Hopefully be one heck of a business if I can cut a yard and when I am done fertilize it, that would open the door for more profit and less overhead. Sorry for the book I just wrote. Still not ready though to go full time because I have an awesome county job and really not pushing to expand to crazy, I have yet to even start plowing! Thanks again
     
  8. turf&tree

    turf&tree LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    Absolutely offer it to your customers!! I am starting to use a new fert from Lebanon chemical called Mesa. The big companies are using junk!!!! This stuff is GREAT!!!! I can give you my suppliers name. Where are you in Ohio??
    Jim
     
  9. Josh.S

    Josh.S LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,085

    When you fertilize it creates stress on the grass... mowing also creates stress. Therefor is it recommended to fertilize 2 days before or after mowing. I could be wrong, but this is the way I understand it.
     
  10. turf&tree

    turf&tree LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    Interesting Josh. I have been in this business since 1975 and have never heard that. However I don't claim to know everything. I am meeting with my Turfgrass Inc. Rep and the Rep from Lebanon Chemical tomorrow and will pose that question to him. I will keep you posted.
    Jim
     

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