Which And What Should I Charge?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Gatewayuser, Jan 1, 2005.

  1. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    I will be getting my pesticide applicators license in late Feb. and I need to know do I need a Liquid sprayer and, or can I just use a broadcast spreader. I will be getting my fertilizer from Lesco. So if I apply say 18-5-12 dry urethra how much should I charge if I have a 12ft spread walk behind spreader applied per acre. Also how much should I charge to apply broad-leaf per acre. :waving: Any help would be very helpful ! !
    ' U
     
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Please don't take this the wrong way, as I mean no harm or offense by it. But, The questions that are being asked on here recently are nothing short of completely ASTONISHING to me. In the first place, if you go into Lesco and ask for dried "Urethra", I'm willing to bet,..they're going to look at you a little funny.
    But seriously, if a license is being issued in February, and questions like this are being asked, what sort of testing and criteria are required for some of these states. Is Ohio one of those states that you can just go down, take a test (that you studied for in the truck while you were driving down - [as someone else had once stated]), and bam, they say "Here's your license, now just go out and blast properties with unfamiliar pesticides and methods." Or, do they have a higher criteria requiring work experience and/or college education.
    To actually help you, the best advice I could give is get on here and read, read, read. Do some searches and explore. Good luck with it, and again...don't be offended. I am just stating that I am suprised at some of the "minimum" amount of experience that is going into this future of pesticidw application. I hate to say it,..but I see the same thing happening to this aspect of the green industry as what happened to the mowing over the last 15 years.
     
  3. Dman1214

    Dman1214 Banned
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    If you're concerned about dry urethra prices you should see your urologist!
    Get a grip!!!
     
  4. KLR

    KLR LawnSite Member
    from Zone 6
    Posts: 171

    Dman...witty as ever!
    :)
    Ken
     
  5. ForeverGreen

    ForeverGreen LawnSite Member
    from NW Ohio
    Posts: 50

    Runner, hate to admit it but here in Ohio it is just that simple, received mine in 1978 and have added categories and kept up with credit hours every since. Seems that if your willing to shell out the cash for the license and let the state hold your certificate of insurance and you have a business license that you are good to go.You then can let others operate (to a debatable degree) under your license.I see what other states make a operator go through to get into the bizz and wish it were that way here in Oh.The tests have very little to do with practical application. Most go take the test once to see what to study for and take a very similar test again if not passing the first one. (often the next day)I believe you get 3 tries before you have to wait for 6 months or so.When I hired custom applicators in the ag business it was my policy that if you could not pass the test and hold your own license that you weren't experienced enough to apply on my customers properties let alone under my license.Most Nationals have but one licensed applicator per outlet as far as I know in Ohio (sad)
     
  6. E-9 Lawncare

    E-9 Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 33

    It's pretty simple in PA too. You take the Core test, which is 50 bucks and closed book, and the Cat. 7 , $10 open book, and you're good to go. You keep up with the credits and that's it.
     
  7. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 1,218

    E, you dont need proof of insurance to hold that license? Here in MA you do, and what that does is require someone to have a financial commitment, and thats something the fly by nighters or scrubs or what ever you call them dont do. So thats what really makes the license important, I understand its easy, and cheap to take the test, but the insurance is not cheap.
     
  8. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 1,218

    Hey KLR, havent seen you around in a while. Hope all is well

    Jim
     
  9. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    I meant urea sorry! :rolleyes: I went and took turf grass management and a pesticide applicator course so I can offer great care and service. There is a lot more to the test now then there use to be. I got my stack of stuff to study from the state and there is 3 good size books and 3 smaller books. Also in this state you have to be insured to have an applicators biz license. Can someone please give me some prices. :)
     
  10. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 1,218

    Why dont you try this, Take some time, do a budget, find out what your costs will be for the season, figure out how much you wanna make and what you should charge. Once you do that come back and post what your prices are and we will tell you what we think of it.
     

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