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should i get into fertilizing my first year in business?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by PL&L, May 30, 2011.

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  1. PL&L

    PL&L LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    i was at a lawn today, needed extreme help. i was wondering if i should try to go into fertilizer application, already have one customer who would be interested in getting it done. i figure costs to do it would be around $200(15 gallon sprayer & license)
    Advise? who is already applying fertilizer?
     
  2. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,443

    My advice would be to work one day a week for one of the better chem companies in your area to gain some knowledge.
     
  3. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You talking about fert or weed control ?
     
  4. jwsland

    jwsland LawnSite Member
    Posts: 233

    Find out your local rules, laws, requirements for commercialy applying landscape related chemicals. You may have to take educational classes to aquire a liscense or bu number.

    DO IT. If your already hired to cut a lawn theres a good chance they will use you for chemical applications. You have the potential gain alot more work by getting into that niche.
     
  5. flyingdutch16

    flyingdutch16 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 464

    I was wondering the same thing. Im 16 tho so not sure if i would be able to to get my license for that? Any of you guys know that?
     
  6. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,197

    You will need liability insurance with a pesticide clause. That is around $750 minimum. You also need a applicators license if you apply any fert with a hebicide or insecticide mixed in. Most Scotts products have an active chemical with the fertilizer. The costs start adding quickly.
     
  7. PL&L

    PL&L LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    I was only going to do fertilizer application for now because pesticides and stuff are more complicated and like you said, need to take courses. thanks guys
     
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    In doing fertilizer only, one is leaving themself wide open. Insect, weed, and disease issues are certainly not uncommon, and when they arise, can become a larger problem fast without proper recognition, and being further masked by fert.. In one sense, you wouyld be fertilizing the weeds, too.
     
  9. PL&L

    PL&L LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    hey, it is what it is :nono:
     
  10. PL&L

    PL&L LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    fertilizing only
     

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