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Best fertilizing program you have used?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Husky, Aug 22, 2004.

  1. Husky

    Husky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    What is the best fertilizer program you have found with your customers and how do you charge for it???

    Do you do pellet and liquid apps,,or just pellets,,,,curious ,,I have not had huge success with my pellets...

    and how many steps...??? lime??
  2. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,270

    To be honest we have found that 3 app's of slow release 10-10-10 granular works very well here in Maryland. In early winter we put down a mild amount of urea which really makes the lawns jump come spring time. For the weed's we have found speed zone works fairly well. If the lawn has never had a lime app then it would be a good idea to apply a very heavy app of pelleted lime.
  3. Cutters Lawn Care

    Cutters Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    Do a soil test before putting any lime out.
  4. Who's on first

    Who's on first LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Definitely do a soil test before liming. You can cause yourself some problems if you don't.

    We use an organic product blended with synthetics for our applications. We get a steady release of nutrients that way. Try to get a ratio of 4-1-3 over the year.

    You'll get a bigger bang for the buck with a good fall application as opposed to an early spring application. The only concern here is that you better be certain you will have that account next year.
  5. nfisher330

    nfisher330 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    What exactly does lime do? I have my own personal lawn that is in shambles... Want to try to get it going and looking top notch. Seems that if I am taking care of other people's lawns, that mine should look good too...
  6. Who's on first

    Who's on first LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Lime corrects the soil's pH. A soil test will tell you if you need to correct the pH. Also observe the calcium/magnesium ratio to identify the type of lime to use.

    To go much further than that would take a few hours to understand pH and proper liming.

    Do an internet search, check a land grant university website, or contact your local extension office for more info.
  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    what has worked for me is a 5 step granular application method
  8. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    A combination of both granular and liquid. The best of both worlds.
  9. Husky

    Husky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    What kind of charge are you giving your customers when on a 1/4 acre lot? residential community for these applications guys? i think im usually 50$ per application 5 step program,,so 250$ annual per customer...what about you all?
  10. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    I'm $48/app, but raising it for next year.

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