question about spraying roundup

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Havok, Aug 7, 2004.

  1. Havok

    Havok LawnSite Member
    from Fl
    Posts: 6

    I'm in florida so I can't spray roundup. I was wondering if many people with the roundup license are hired to spray beds and control weeds for lawn services? Even for big companies like Truegreen I am kind of clueless on how much they charge to control weeds. It seems like this isn't something many people get done. I am mainly wondering because I am tired of dealing with weeds by pulling or weed-eating and would like to tell customers to get the beds sprayed because we don't get into the beds.
     
  2. Greg Amann

    Greg Amann LawnSite Member
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    I own a pc business in central Florida. We don't and I know of no other companies that sell this service. I do know a couple of licensed landscape companies, ie. TruGreen Landcare and 1 independent, that do it but is is included in their service.
    My opinion is to take the test and get licensed to apply Roundup and add to your monthly rate to cover this service.
    It isn't something most pc companies have time to do effectively.
    Most landscape companies are on their accounts weekly which is what it takes to keep weeds at bay.
     
  3. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have sprayed for a few lco's but most do it illegally
     
  4. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Greg

    Correct me if I am wrong. But "I believe a limited Roundup license can not advertise weed spraying, etc." However I believe there is a good market for over the top weed control in ornamental beds. However this takes a lot more knowledge than straight Roundup.

    Roundup application for regular customer can make a real different on your bottom line. If you want better lawns to mow you have to do weed control. Get the license.
     
  5. Greg Amann

    Greg Amann LawnSite Member
    Posts: 161

    Ric,

    Not sure about the advertising.

    I would think that an lco would have more than his fair share of Roundup work on their own accounts without having to advertise for that type of work anyway.

    I agree with Ric. Get licensed.

    Greg
     
  6. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ric,

    I am taking the test in Sept. Just wondering if the study guide, example sheet that you get with the packet is fairly accurate as to what the questions are like for the test. Sure seems like it is geared much more towards agro business than what I do.

    Studying it all, but you would think our great state could set up 2 different tests. One for agro and one for LCO applications.
     
  7. Havok

    Havok LawnSite Member
    from Fl
    Posts: 6

    Well I don't have 3 years in the business so I can't take the test yet. Most of the yards that we have that would need it already have their turf sprayed so is weed control a service that most pc businesses will perform on their regular accounts as an optional add on service?
     
  8. Greg Amann

    Greg Amann LawnSite Member
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    Havok,
    You can go to the county extension office and get the info. you need to take the limited license to apply Roundup. I don't think you need 3 years exp. for this license.

    Ric,
    Do you know the link with the info. for the limited license?
     
  9. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,946



    http://www.flaes.org/

    Is the State web site. on the left hand side click on entomology and then look for Commercial Limited License link, click on it. Sorry the website does not have direct access.

    You need 3 years in the green industry to sit for the limited license test. You do not need to show any experience in pesticides.

    I have the unlimited commercial certifications and have a full blown pesticide company. Therefore I have never taken the limited test and can not tell you any thing about it. The L & O certification test was a snap for me because I was over prepared. I was still taking college courses in horticulture and took two different test tutorials because I heard the test was so hard and over 50% fail it first 4 times. 40 minute after the 4 hour test started I was heading home knowing I passed it. However for the next 4 weeks I was on pins and needle waiting for the results and wondering if I really had passed.
     
  10. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,468

    its the lawnboy exemtion you cant advertise for were you can spray a customers lawn with there equipment and chemicals
     

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