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A big one....

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Pristine1, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. Pristine1

    Pristine1 LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 81

    Thanks everyone....I think I have already pre-sold him on the idea that we will need to do a soil test. I also have told him that going organic is 180 degrees from what he is used to. I am pretty confident with what I already know, and I am pretty sure that I will nail this. He did say that he had an organic company in there previously....don't know who or how "organic" they were, but the level of service wasn't there. He said that he is in the "commercial" division of TruGreen and the service has been excellent. Being a small and aggressive company, I know that service will not be the issue.

    I'll post this afternoon on how things go!
  2. TMGL&L

    TMGL&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 243

    Does anyone know of any other good books that are written as well as "Teaming
    With Microbes"?

    I want to read something that doesn't require a PHD to understand. That book was awesome and I have yet to find a readable source that is as educational.
  3. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,542

    Just do the test if you want. the $15 won't break you. Don't even charge him if you don't want to offend him. Probably can get samples without him knowing what your doing. I've never heard of anyone worried about taking a sample Think it makes you look professional and really gives you some good info going forward.
  4. Pristine1

    Pristine1 LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 81

    OK, things went very well. Can't say I've definitely got it yet, but I know his wife is pushing hard for the organic approach and he was very happy with what I had to say. I will be putting together a basic plan for him, with the understanding that we may need to alter things once we get the soil test results back. Ground is still pretty frozen for now, so in a couple of weeks I'll be able to pull the ST.

    He also wants a program for the shrubs and perennials, and I will probably get the maintenance on all plant material on site. Easily a few thousand a year account, and if I can get him to allow me to do his mowing as well, $5-6k per year.

    Thanks to everyone for their input! On to the next new customer!
  5. tiggazee

    tiggazee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    How exactly do you do a soil test? Do you buy a kit?
  6. TMGL&L

    TMGL&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 243

    Go to your local garden center with a few core samples from different locations on your property. Tell them you want a soil test. They will send it off to a lab somewhere and they will send you the results in a couple weeks. its like 20 bucks for a standard test.
  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

  8. TMGL&L

    TMGL&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 243

    I think you can buy little kits too but they aren't really worth your time unless you just wanna check your pH

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