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Recommendation on How to get rid of Weeds

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by mxinter, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. mxinter

    mxinter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Hi guys,

    The mowing season is just about starting here in Dallas, TX and I am new to this business. I found a couple of college guys who are interested in extra cash and I set up a weekend business. We have 4 customers in our first week in business, not bad i guess to get started thinking that i havent done any advertising. I just put a craigslist.com ad over on thursday and 4 people called. I was surprised. I wasnt expecting anyone to call to be honest with you.

    Anyways, I was hoping you can help me. The season is about to start and the 4 houses that we did over the weekend had serious issues with weeds. Both on the garden beds and on the grass it self. I guess this is a common issue that I will encounter often, specially now that the grass is beginning to grow. Could you recommend me a good product or give me some good tips since i dont want to go looking for something on my own. I'd rather get some recommendations and tips from you. I really appreciate your support since i am a novice on this business.

    Cheers !

  2. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,316

    Welcome to Lawnsite, Miguel! :weightlifter:

    The first thing to do with any lawn that has a weed problem is find out what is causing the weeds: compacted soil, thin grass, lack of water, lack of nutrients, etc. Once you have figured that out, you can move forward with a solution. If the grass is relatively thick and healthy, a balanced fertilizer with weed and feed will help, as will regular mowing at a higher height - scalping is a good way to weaken the grass and encourage weeds.

    The garden beds are a little different, although pulling the old weeds and putting fresh mulch down can help a lot. Remember also that you cannot use any chemicals commercially without a license, so you'll either have to stick to something simple with the garden, or have the customer do it by them self - that, or you could get an applicator's license.

    Hope that answers some of your questions - good luck. :usflag:
  3. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    well first you need to register your busines name, get liability insurance, get workers comp on the employees, check for any local licenses, get a busines checking account, and billing software, and pay taxes on the income, and match the soc sec of your employees contribution.....and withdraw the employee taxes

    then you have to hire a licensed legal company and subcontract out the work you are not licensed to apply pesticides, which is what weed killers are, ...pull the weed by hand from the garden, you need a seperate license to apply roundup from the lawn chemicals.....

    i hope you didnt think this was going to be easy, or a get money fast idea.... its not

    you will need good commercial equipment, the homowners stuff you plan on using will not last 2 months.....

    about 10 thousand should get you started, and dont forge the commercial license plates on the vehicle, and trailor....and many states require dot numbers displayed on the vehicle
  4. mxinter

    mxinter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    I had established the business and have bought commercial equipment. I am serious about this and figured out to ask around for tips. That's all.
    Do you know of any place to start gaining knowledge on the certifications and licenses so that I can analyze that. I wouldnt mind finding out about it too.

    Also, is there a way that i can determine what is causing the weeds, or should i just better of outsourcing this to an specialist?

    Out of the 4, they were really just the watering and soil i believe but not 100% sure.

    Your continued advise is really appreciated.


  5. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    the test is hard but the study materials are there, just have to appy yourself, but you need help with that lawn now right...

    id sub it out now, and get busy on getting a lilcense for next year...

    you need to get a handle on that turf now...
  6. Andrew Kovacs

    Andrew Kovacs LawnSite Member
    Posts: 39

    So to get back to your question... hop on the band wagon and head to TheGreenGuardian.com Yes it works and weather your customer hugs trees or not it does work.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    Right...and again,....all you need is a license to apply it.
  8. grownonshawn

    grownonshawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    Weeds in flower beds: Spray with Roundup pro making sure you don't hit any annuals of perennials, wait a week and trim down the dead broadleafs and grasses, apply at least 2-3 inches of mulch, sprinkle on Preen pre-emergence or go to Lesco and buy a bag of Snapshot and apply it in the beds. Check them every mow and shoot the weeds with Roundup. Retreat the area with Preen or Snapshot in 2 to 3 months. No license needed.
  9. grapeford

    grapeford LawnSite Member
    Posts: 104

    Dave in toledo's got it right, you are way out of your league. no education , no license, no nothing.I know it's hard right now, and the money's ripe for the taking cause you're a lowballer and you're undercutting all of the guys who've been doing it for years, playing by the rules and trying to feed their families,
    Do your homework, get your license, and you won't have to ask questions about fertilization, because you'll know.
  10. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,720

    Uh...excuse me...grownonshawn.

    If Miguel and his gang are doing this work for hire on some other property than their own, they do indeed need licenses !

    Preen, Snapshot and Roundup Pro are herbicides, which is included in the pesticide category.

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