Commercial fertilizer/Residential fertilizer????

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by cmfpi, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. cmfpi

    cmfpi LawnSite Member
    from 41011
    Messages: 5

    Hi, i'm very new to this forum. My partner and I are thinking of adding pesticide/fertilizer application to our business. I'm researching what i need to do to get a license and now have a question, is there a commerical fertilizer and residential fertilizer and if there is, is there a difference?
  2. enviouslawns

    enviouslawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    All the same fertilizer, but in michigan to put any pesticides down on any comm. property youve got to have a "Right of Way" lisence
  3. cmfpi

    cmfpi LawnSite Member
    from 41011
    Messages: 5

    Awesome, thank you. There is a place here called Lesco and I called them and they gave me a quote for weed and feed at something like 40 something for a 50lb bag then i saw a bag at home depot of the same product, just covers a little less square yardage for about 20 less. So that's why i started wondering if there was a difference.
  4. enviouslawns

    enviouslawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    Shop around lesco is very expensive
  5. CreativeEdge

    CreativeEdge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I have personally found lesco to be about 10 bucks cheaper than at home depot. Also, lesco pros should be able to tell you the best fertilizer or pre-emergent applications for turfgrass type.
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    This is incorrect information.
  7. MOTES

    MOTES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I'm trying to understand what the 3 number means on label. Could anybody give me a simple meaning of them? If there was a cheap brand weed and feed and compare that to expenive weed and feed but both have same numbers it better to buy cheap then? Any advice will be greatly appreaicate.
  8. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163

    Sorry....but I have to disagree about fertilizer being fertilizer!

    RULE #1 - Don't buy a bag of fert based on the price/bag!

    You have to look at what you are getting and how much area it will cover.

    I think there is a HUGE difference in the quality of "store grade" and "professional grade" fert.

    Yes N,P and K is N,P and K, but if that is the case then why not just use the ol' ag grade stuff!

    Back before I entered the lawn care industry I would have said all fert is the same but not now!

    Things to look for are:

    I can't tell you how many times I have taken over a new customer and later in the year they tell me their lawn never looked so good.

    What is probably the only thing I am doing different? Probably the fert!

    That is my take!

    I think there are big differeneces in fert....especailly when comparing store to professional grade.

    Also, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Look at the analysis, AI, SCU and square footage a bag covers.

    9 times out of 19 you can actually buy professional grade product cheaper thent the store and you are getting much more for your dollar!
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    9 times out of 19? Hmm,..that's a pretty precise ratio! How many case studies and how much research was done to arrive at THESE numbers?

    J/K, of course lol...:D
  10. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163

    Good catch Joe!

    Dang fingers must not have been work'n right!

    You know what I meant! :laugh:

    But for those who didn't:

    9 times out of 10

    Time to go to bed I guess! :dizzy:

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