I consider most of the people doing applications in Hawaii unlicensed. The "landscapers" typically have either the owner or a manager named on the DOA certification as the certified applicator. They do not ever pick up a spray gun or push a spreader. Instead, they send workers, usually Philipine immigrants out with dumbed-down instructions on how to mix and apply a product through a hand can or backpack sprayer. Fertilizer, forget it. They are throwing granules by hand like sowing a rice paddy. Yes, I am expensive. No, I do not mow, haul trash, weedwhack, install landscapes or trim hedges like how everyone else does. I also do not do the "throw and go" type of fertilizer application typical in the business. However, my clients know that I am closely monitoring everything going on in their landscape. I counsel clients and their maintenance workers on proper mowing, and pruning. I also demand and get total control of the irrigation system. The DOA knows that I apply in such a manner that is safe, accurate and effective. They have never seen anyone run a spray gun with fan tips and a regulator right before the gun ever in this state.