Commercial Application License, Texas

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by CJ's Mowing Service, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. CJ's Mowing Service

    CJ's Mowing Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 225

    In Texas I can fertilize, but can’t treat weeds (weed n feed) without a license. To me, they likely go hand in hand in business.

    I know my market, customer base, etc will affect profits, but how profitable have you found it??

    Looking for true feedback about how it has helped you business.
  2. BSLD

    BSLD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    It can be very profitable, if it done right. Do research, study, and get licensed legally. It take awhile to become an expert in the field. All kinds of pesticides for all kinds of pests. It's more than just treating weeds.
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  3. OP
    CJ's Mowing Service

    CJ's Mowing Service LawnSite Member
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    Thank you for your reply and I definitely would want to do thing s the right way.
  4. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 6,077

    Start learning and getting experience WAAAAY ahead of when you actually want to do it for hire. Best to work with someone with experience but not always possible. Maybe practice on relatives or friends for free (better mention a disclaimer if you screw up).
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  5. restoration jason

    restoration jason LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    This is a great piece of advice. I got my license back in may and I mostly did work for family and some of my clients who are really cool. Just be honest with them about were you are at in your knowledge of what you are doing. Read the label 2 3 4 times triple check your calibration on whatever machines your using and dont be afraid to come on here and ask for advice.
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  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,817

    Some states have an experience requirement. This is probably to reduce the number of guys that quit Turgren and start up on their own.
    If not licensed, you are only allowed to apply pesticides to your own property.
    However, farmers are allowed to apply pesticides to land that they rent.

    So, if you rented some land for the purpose of gaining experience, that is OK, right? Pay your mom a dollar per year. Brothers, uncles and cousins, too. Neighbor--why not?

    Maybe grow some popcorn--green grass plus all the popcorn you can eat for a year or two.
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  7. nativikee

    nativikee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I got my liscence last year. I don't think in Texas you have to have an experience requirement. I've been working for my boss for 5 years. But this year is the first year doing my own thing. SO Im working both until I get enough customers to fully go on my own. My suggestion is take the training, it helped me out a lot, But ive learned most off of hands on experience. Just study the study questions in the book and you will be fine. I prepared myself for the exam and did lots of studying and I did pretty good on it. My boss makes real good money and does good. But Im doing most off my learning right now doing it on my own.

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