Spraying in the rain/floods

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by americanlawn, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,846

    Our local TruGreen branch is just north of us, so we see their trucks drive by our location everyday going to their routes.

    After 5 inches of rain during the past 3 days, today we saw their lawn applicators treating lawns that had pools of water on their lawns.

    TruGreen was spraying liquid applications on these lawns -- in the rain and on pools of water.

    Flooded out streets plus road closings. Rising rivers that will not recede for several days here.

    We chose only to run estimates (at best) today -- this is how we found what TruGreen was doing.

    Question: What is your oppinion of this?
     
  2. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,637

    I really disgusts me that they handle their business that way. It makes honest businessmen like us look better though, because while it may be hard to tell at times, customers DO notice things like that. With all the pallets of fert you go through each round, it sounds like you're almost as big as they are Buddy. Don't you work too hard out there. I'll talk to you later. :)
     
  3. sprayboy

    sprayboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 889

    It's the end of the month, they have to hit their numbers.

    And you thought the postal carrier was the only one that didn't miss work. They are as dedicated as the post office.
     
  4. Shades of Green LService

    Shades of Green LService LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,011

    Saw a TG "Tech" aerating in a f'ing downpore. Also it was the 2nd day of a 3-4 day rain period.
     
  5. Nathan Robinson

    Nathan Robinson LawnSite Senior Member
    from 47712
    Posts: 317

    I would go and knock on there doors and let them know how dangerous leaching chemicals are and let them know they are paying to fertilize the sewer drains. Also make mention that you coordinate with the weather and can offer them a better applicating service. They are not close to being dedicated at all. they are just trying to hit there numbers. Its round 2. That means its broadleaf in that application as well. They will not see much wilting. Dont be above knocking on these doors. They will appreciate it. Not home, then leave a note with your card! Nathan
     
  6. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,289

    I could aerating in the rain. You'll make a mess, and probably be donating some seeding to fix the tears, but overall won;t hurt anything. Spraying puddles? Just irresposible.
     
  7. mwaller98

    mwaller98 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    these are the reasons when we do estimates on people who currently have trugreen, we know it's a sale. hopefully they never wake up and do it right because we'll be in trouble then:laugh:
     
  8. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Posts: 6,046

    Got one for you that happened to me this wee.
    TG got on one of my customers this week by mistake and applied (which has been happening a lot lately... have they ever heard of looking at the address before they apply?). Any how, they sprayed for broadleaves and it rained almost all day. They left a note on the paperwork and said that the weather wouldn't effect their treatment. My customer made a copy of it for me.
    I contacted my LESCO rep and asked him what they would be using that wouldn't be affected by the rain and he said nothing...and that they were lying to the customer. THIS IS AMAZING TO ME!! Like the customer isn't going to see the weeds not wilt. Who are they fooling.
     
  9. lawnservice

    lawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 589

    yeah, where would this industry be without lesco, huh?
    *sigh*
     
  10. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,846

    Too funny. Thanks guys. Vic- how's it going?

    Youi guys crack me up! Thanks, I really like hearing from you guys.

    American.
     

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