So I am a noob....

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by DCMmmkay, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. DCMmmkay

    DCMmmkay LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 57

    Alright guys I live in Indiana and I just passed my second of two pesticide exams. My final step is attending a two-day seminar at Purdue next month. After that I will be certified and a bit later, licensed.

    A commercial account I have is about 15,000 sq ft. and I'm really excited that I have a nice account to start out with. I'll be hitting my own yard first to get it all down though, lol. So, I will be starting out using granular form with a spreader. Two questions:

    1. Is it a bad idea to start a 5-step fert/herbicide application program with Scott's products? Or would it be a better idea to get another brand from my local Co-op at a better price?

    2. Pricing. Now I know that the variables are endless here, but let me give an example. A 45 lb. of Turf Builder with post emergent herbicide costs around $50 and covers 15,000 sq. ft. So, it costs me $3 of product per 1000 square feet. If I charged .03 a square foot, is that too much? I would make $30 every 1000 square foot. Too expensive, about right, or too cheap?

    Any help or wisdom is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
     
  2. DCMmmkay

    DCMmmkay LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 57

    No takers? Lol
     
  3. CHARLES CUE

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
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    First off i would call some one like Advanced turf or Agrium Advanced tech you will get better product and price and what are you going to use for weed control ?

    $33.00 per th is way to high a 1/4 of that may still be to high but i am not in your area

    You could most likly get a bag of fert with a pre for about $20.00


    Charles Cue
     
  4. DCMmmkay

    DCMmmkay LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 57

    For weed control, I was going to use the Scotts fert/herbicide combo bags...So $7 per thousand square feet? Is that what you meant by 1/4?
     
  5. CHARLES CUE

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,095

    Do you know that the grass has to be wet when applying dry herbicide and they don't work all that great. But you have to start some where

    Yes in my thoughs $7.00 a th would be a better price

    33. dived by 4 = 8.25

    The best of luck to you

    Charles Cue
     
  6. DCMmmkay

    DCMmmkay LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 57

    Ok thanks, ya I was just giving a ball park with the $7, lol. But man, how can you make money doing that for that price? Average yard is what 5,000 sq. ft. I would barely break even with the amount of gas I spent getting to the property. Seems low, but I'll see I guess. Thanks for responding!
     
  7. CHARLES CUE

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,095

    You will never make money doing 1 yard a day

    Most people have min price for a small yard say $40.00 now do 22 yards in a day

    Now say you have 18 yards at 15 th each at $7 th that's ? well i think you will get the point

    Charles Cue
     
  8. DCMmmkay

    DCMmmkay LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 57

    Haha yes I do, what was the fastest way you obtained your accounts? Would an ad in the paper only advertising applications be best? Almost have my website done, so I'm hoping a lot of traffic will be brought in soon. My goal is to get enough account this year to pay for an 100 gallon lesco tank for the back of my truck. I hope the business will boom
     
  9. CHARLES CUE

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,095

    I have done a little of every thing i can't say one thing was the best just a little here and alittle there

    I don't see any thing from a web site

    I did try the paper once nothing even did a raido ad a couple calls but no jobs

    Charles Cue
     
  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,350

    Talk to the salesman at a chemical dealer. Buy him lunch and ask a few questions. Read through all the posts from last year. Eventually you will get a better understanding of what to do and how much you should charge. Don't be surprized if its harder than you think. And don't be discouraged if you lose money. Ms. X. Perience is a great teacher. She is a beach...but her lessons stick.
     

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