daycare centers and fertilization program

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ant, May 13, 2008.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    i normally stay away from these clients because the amount of kids at those places. i was asked to bid on a property that is a daycare and only treat the back where the kids play.
    any of you guys treat property's like this? whats your program like?
    i was going to shy away from it but i need the work!
  2. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,370

    Aerate and overseed as often as possible! A child's footprint has more PSI than an adult's, and there will be immense traffic on the turf. I always did the one I had on a Saturday or Sunday. I was happy when they canceled.
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,667

    Not interested. Michigan has so many laws and rules, and requirements to inform parents aboout chemicals--it's not worth it. Probably we have the most roaches in our school cafeterias. Lots of regulations that make business difficult.
  4. jc1

    jc1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,091

    check the laws you may not want it. Everyone needs to be notified for schools etc.
  5. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,751

    Notify the owner/agent of the daycare of the app date and then it is the responsibility of that person to notify the parents. At least in NY.

    I have one stand alone I currently do and a few corporate sites that have onsite daycares. We usually do that after 5pm Friday or first thing Sat AM that way they have 48 hour re-entry covered for Monday morning.
  6. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    i need to look into the law..(i should know it)
  7. heritage

    heritage LawnSite Bronze Member
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  8. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,113

    You may want to do it with organic apps
  9. tlg

    tlg LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    Here in Michigan servicing these types of properties (day care and schools) you will spend more time making sure the pre-notice requirements are met then doing the work. Every parent must be told when you will be spraying and the school or day care must have an intergrated pest management program for the building or property. Sometimes it's better to avoid the problem before it starts.
  10. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    Here it isn't bad at all. I do a couple private schools and have done a daycare. I do them Sat. AM then they water Sat. PM and Sunday PM. Not a issue at all. I hit them hard April and may with fert, prodiamine and weed control, so the rest of the year it is basically just fert.

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