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Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by humble1, May 3, 2008.

  1. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,519

    Im glad that you guys are equal oppourtunity employers! I am sure that you saved a few dollars an hour hiring a blind applicator. But I gotta say bad idea.

    Please techs keep doing what you do.

    I picked up another $160 app customer the other day. Why?

    Well lets see, I dont know how the applicator didnt see the 14x20 area of new loam and grass seed but, still applied Pre emergent all over it.

    Oh she also signed with me for monthly mosquito spraying at $150 x 6 +$900.00
    And tick control for $750 for the season

    Keep up the good work, I have two daughters to put thru school, I need a few more of those accounts.:drinkup::drinkup::drinkup::drinkup:*:cool2:
  2. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    so whos pickin up the tab for the post emergent spray?

    this year worst than most, alot of customer have seeded small spots here and there
    in the middle of their lawn, i apply the 1st treatment of dimension as usual,
    i explain to all my customers - to loam and seed only after their 1st treatment
    is applied- in the areas that absolutly need it

    if i saw and area that size i would try to avoid it, but WE ALL have gone over
    newly seeded areas at one time or another

    we all deal with the same situatione, some better than others, but in the end
    siduron only works 1/2 as well as regular prem and costs a fortune, bought
    a bag today andersons 12-24-12 3.9% $70.49 for 50lbs.
  3. Frank Fescue

    Frank Fescue LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 713

    doubtful that its the applicators fault. he was probably hired in march. forced to read a manual and then sent out on the road after a day of training.
  4. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,519

    I have hit small spots once i was on top of them, but fresh loam and seed can be seen just as easily as seeing where the swimming pool begins and ends. Tupersan is rediculous , i can believe that that chemical costs that much to produce. I mix acclaim in for second round w/ speedzone souhern.
    Ill eat it on that area, and get the slice seeding later. Its a good account
  5. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    gettin off your main topic --you prefer acclaim over drive?
    how do you like the speedzone? ive never tried it

    i have much better results with acclaim for crabgrass,
    but drive is just easier for me to use(easy to measure,mix,
    broadspectrum of weed control) --plus if it does
    in fact show up in a liquid form this year--that would

    i typically keep drive + QS in the back pack
    be great
  6. vegomatic40

    vegomatic40 LawnSite Senior Member
    from 6
    Messages: 406

    In my area, spring seeding results range from "wow that looks awful" to " I wasted a chunk of money on seed". When I see it, I give the customers a little education on proper seed timing, spring-germination% vs. fall, survival rates, watering needs etc. and nearly always they opt for having a pre/post emerge app over the top. If it is in shady/thin areas I sometimes go around them but, some are sunny areas with reasonably dense turf already established. In those areas it is a simple decision...Do I apply a pre-emergent and save myself (and the customer) a season of headaches dealing with problem weeds and expensive weed controls? Just like a lot of situations it can be better to ask for forgiveness than permission if you do what you know is right.

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