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.20 rain + fert washed into street

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by americanlawn, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,946

    Trying to limit unneeded posts on this site, but, .......we got our first complaint today. Customer said "it's gunna wash into the street". He wants to know what we're going to do about it????. It was a 31-0-8 w/.375 Barracade 50% slow release product --- heck - we still have some spilt product on our driveway from two months ago that STILL have not disolved. He was one of the lucky ones that got his app before the rain & snow fell today, but he believes that 2/10 of an inch of precip has washed his treatment into the street:laugh:

    I've always been amazed how many people think fert aims toward the street instead of disolving into soil:laugh:. I spose next time it will be rivers & oceans? Anyway ....rscvp, thanks
  2. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    What I would do in this situation is print out the label, and give him a copy showing that its needs 1/2 inch of rainfall to water it in. I use dimension, I'm assuming barricade has similer requirements?

    Anyway, I know you didn't nessecerily ask for a response, but thats what I would do.
  3. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    Just tell him that'll make it easy to shovel back up and stick in the yard.
  4. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,167

    Maybe he just had a ligit question but didn't know how to ask. I always leave watering/mowing instructions with every app. Rain is ok, please wait 24 hrs to water, ect
  5. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    Hmmm, maybe. But how can people survive in this world with so little tact? How hard is it to say, "I'm concerned about..." ???

    Good call, though, on leaving instructions. I try to idiot-proof everything I do or give to customers... though somebody always seems to get confused... or misinterpret... LOL.

    The Good Lord made all types. Ha, ha. :):):)
  6. NRG

    NRG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    It is a bit dissapointing to hear a pro talk about how they leave fertlizer on an impervious surface like a driveway or sidewalk to dissolve and runoff into a storm drain. It makes sense to pick up a broom and sweep up that fertilizer. Why would you just leave it there to dissolve where it is isn't doing anybody any good. I know a lot of people on this forum like to tout how they are good stewards of the environment, but leaving fert on a driveway kind of flys in the face of that. :hammerhead:
  7. Shades of Green LService

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

    I would do like the previous post said and show him a copy of the lable. Highlight the instructions section and tell him again that you are a professional and follow all lable laws. Then reassure him again that this a good thing that it rained after the app. was applied Also like you, i like applying a 50% slow in the spring, has worked well for me as i'm sure it does for you. Good luck.
  8. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,946

    I hear ya, but it was just a cupfull or so that we have been too lazy to clean up. Only place it can go is on the lawn edges adjacent to the concrete (where it probably needs to be) so I'm not concerned. It's been driven on so much now that there ain't much left. Hey -- I never said I was a pro:laugh:
  9. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,946

    Thanks Shades -- we always leave instructions/tips that answer most common questions & concerns. Saves alot of time returning phone calls.:waving:
  10. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    I built my website for this sole purpose several years ago... And it worked. I encourage everyone to check out the website with most all of our media. Cut WAY down on redundant phone calls.

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