What would you have done???

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by LwnmwrMan22, May 2, 2008.

  1. (wi) Roots

    (wi) Roots LawnSite Member
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    You did the right thing! You wouldn't have made him happy!
  2. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Not to mention against the law.
  3. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Shoulda asked him if he puts extra oil in his car to make sure it runs super good...
  4. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Or uses 2 condoms for....aw, never mind
  5. PHS

    PHS LawnSite Senior Member
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    From a business standpoint, the problem with a customer like that is if they are that obsessed with the fertilizer they're going to be the same with everything else and are going to drive you crazy. Also at some point the plants are probably going to completely crap out from over-fertilizing and you're really going to have a mess on your hands.

    I'm normally not a big fan of getting into other people's business but if he's really doing what he says he's doing, a call to the local EPA office is probably in all of our best interest.
  6. Buckskinner38

    Buckskinner38 LawnSite Member
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    I'm wondering about something that you wrote.

    1) What was the N-P-K application ratio that the customer was using? Is it slow or fast release or a combination of both.

    2) What type of turf was he dealing with? Warm or cool season?

    3) How did the yard look when you talked to him? Was it burnt? Did he have a fungus issue? Did he have a weed problem?

    4) And last but not least, when in the season, did he apply the last dose of fertilizer?

    On some of our "Hi" profile areas we have been known to split our application rates through out the year so it looks like we are constantly applying fertilizer. But the kicker is that we are not doing anything extraordinary except adding things like Iron for color and 2-4,D or MSMA for weed control. The reason for this is so we can deliver a nice yard based and adapt to current environmental conditions.
  7. AustinLawnscape

    AustinLawnscape LawnSite Member
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    I had the same thought as Buckskinner38 with using Iron and/or micro nutrients to green things up.

    A little education for the consumer. Odds are, this guy isn't going to be "happy" unless he's/you are over fertilizing.
  8. Buckskinner38

    Buckskinner38 LawnSite Member
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    A few more question:
    1) What did he use to apply the fertilizer... Garden Hose or spreader and how did he calibrate his application rate? Is he a fast walker or does he just trot along?

    2) How much traffic is he dealing with? I assume not much since its a residential...
  9. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You need to reread the first post. He covered his property with 8-10 bags per round, 15k bags.

    It's not overly technical with a homeowner like this, they're going to be applying Scott's or whatever fert / combo they get a Home Depot / Wal-Mart.

    I agree that a professional may be going over a property different times than normal for different reasons, but not in this home owners' situation.

    It was hard to tell what the grass is looking like, as our ground temps are still close to 40 degrees in most areas.
  10. Buckskinner38

    Buckskinner38 LawnSite Member
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    Ok Gotch ya, let me see if I read this right:
    He bought the BIG bags of the Scotts 28-2-3 or whatever that was sold to him that covers 15,000' SqFt per app and has layed out enough fertilizer to cover a small PARK for the whole year?

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