What do I use?

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by C.J., Dec 12, 2012.

  1. C.J.

    C.J. LawnSite Member
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    I have a family that just spent 15K (yea $15,000) on plants in their yard, their property is ony .5 acre. they have hired us but I have always just done maint. Cut edge blow. what do I need to put out for bugs/weeds etc.?
     
  2. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
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    sub the app side make 10-15% and save a ton of time and maybe a 15k F up
     
  3. cwnla

    cwnla LawnSite Member
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    well what do you want to control? what state do you live in?i have alot of experience here.but i need to know what you wanna do, b4 i can begin to answer you...

    corey
    cwnla11@yahoo.com
     
  4. cwnla

    cwnla LawnSite Member
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    well what do you want to control? what state do you live in?i have alot of experience here.but i need to know what you wanna do, b4 i can begin to answer you...

    corey
    cwnla11@yahoo.com
     
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree, this sounds more like a fun project moreso than a problem to be farmed out...

    Sometimes I wonder why people are in this business... :)
     
  6. andersman02

    andersman02 LawnSite Senior Member
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    This is actually a very interesting thread. Im pretty new to the business and havent had any full service accounts (bed and flower maintenance year round)

    If i were to guess, Id start by laying down preen in the spring? along with every few months. Check the leaves, top and underside, for any disease/pests every week. Stay on top of pulling weeds every week. Only put down pesticide when needed. Make sure you stay on top during times of drought, stressed plants are more susceptable to disease and pests in most cases. Not sure on how much horticulture background you have but Id identify some of the main species and learn some common problems they have.

    Im interested in hearing what people have to say

    EDIT- I agree with smallaxe, no way id sub this out. This is one of the most fun and rewarding things in horticulture, proper cultural maint, diagnoses and control.
     
  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yea .... why sub it out when you can make mistakes on someone else's dime. :hammerhead:
     
  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Since you are asking. If you are not going to refer your customer to a real professional, May I suggest Roundup and 2,4-D. That way you get the same results only quicker. Hello, it is only $ 15 K worth of plants you will need to replace.

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  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not sure just how much of a novice you would have to be to mess up on keeping a bed of nursery plants clean and vibrant; I would be sure that the planting was not done incorrectly first of all... that is the mostly dangerous aspect of bed care that LCOs might deal with...

    Weeding and Round-up applications should not be dangerous at all...

    Learn what plants are there, the proper care/needs of each individual and prune to the aesthetics of the bed as a whole...

    If you're responsible for planting them, then you have a whole different discussion... Some LCOs expect 60% success rate and that is Lame, lame and even worse, its lame...
    Be sure to go into the project with both eyes open... :)
     

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