Starting out in NC

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Pick, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Pick

    Pick LawnSite Member
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    Im trying to get started for next year in NC and was wondering about the landscape contractors license. I saw that they are trying to pass new legislation about landscape contractors and didnt know what happened about that. I was looking at the application to take the test and it asks about experience and or clients, right now the experience i have is working on golf courses in high school, and doing a sports turf management internship in college with a focus on sustainable turf management. Recently i have been out of work and my last position was with a company harvesting rainwater. So my question is should i go ahead and get the landscape contractors license or wait until after my first year and have some clients to put down. I am really interested in landscaping and as a kid growing up i was always pushing my mower around and cuttin' grass. I hate being inside and cant wait to get started i love working outdoors and with my hands. Any advise would be very helpful. This forum has been great so far!
     
  2. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm doing some research into the NC landscape contractor license and don't believe it applies to what I do, your situation may be different. If you want to be a full service company, work on your applicator license. I'm attending a class next week in Raleigh to get that particular license so I can do spray chemical applications in addition to mowing, leaf cleanup, hedge trimming, etc. It's good for your business to provide one-stop shopping for your customers. Good luck.
     
  3. lawnsquadnc

    lawnsquadnc LawnSite Member
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    Which class are you taking in Raleigh next week. I live in Raleigh and im interested in taking the applicator license class to help my business grow.
     
  4. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I'm in Wilson and found that applications soon come after mowing. I started as a mow only company and naturally fertilization comes as an easy add on. Plus you need a lisense to spray round up.

    I've now got a pretty good mow business and the applications are on the rise. I'd love to do only applications/aerations/etc,

    I'm actually headed up to Raleigh tmrw to take the pesticide exam to be able to treat for mosquitos.

    If any of you guys would like to network and share what is working for you in NC i'm open.
     
  5. Clonts Landscaping

    Clonts Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have been thinking about adding mosquito treatments myself. I didn't realize you had to have a special endorsement other than your regular applicators license.
     
  6. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You need the public health endorsement.
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  7. lawnsquadnc

    lawnsquadnc LawnSite Member
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    Where do you find information for the applicator license class. Im interested in taking them.
     
  8. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'll be taking the turf and ornamentals class next week in Raleigh. I believe there's another one in Greenville next month, but you can get the info from this link:

    http://www.ncagr.gov/SPCAP/pesticides/exam.htm

    Oh yeah, go ahead and order the manuals from NC State to read prior to taking the class. I'm still trying to finish mine, I'll have to buckle down the rest of this week.
     
  9. lbmyers

    lbmyers LawnSite Member
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    Hey Pick - where are you located in NC? Anywhere close to Asheville?
     
  10. Pick

    Pick LawnSite Member
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    Im not to close but not very far- located in Winston
     

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