fert. question

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by greenback, Apr 4, 2004.

  1. greenback

    greenback LawnSite Member
    from L.I.
    Messages: 175

    if i can go to home depot and fertilize my own lawn when ever i please, why do i need to be licensed in a customer bought the same fert. from h.d. and asks me to put it down????
  2. daveyo

    daveyo LawnSite Senior Member
    from N.J.
    Messages: 907

    I think that home owners should be required take a small course. homeowners do alot of contamination to groundwater. The reason is simple though, money!! the goverment would never allow the fertilizer industry to take a hit, no way!
  3. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,217

    I agree that homeowners misuse pesticides far more than us pros' However I dont want anymore goverment in my life, both as a business owner and a home owner.

    Greenback, dont worry about it, just follow the rules and do it right. Its part of running a business, just like everything else, too many in the landscaping business think insurance, taxes and licencing is optional, and always looking for loopholes.
  4. khutch

    khutch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    Kinda the same way a building contractor is liscensed.
    You could build the house yourself, but if he does it, he needs the piece o' paper.....
  5. goforgreen2

    goforgreen2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Lord knows I've sold many a homeowner a bag of fert. and explained how the coverage works and how far a bag will go, and have them buy one that will double the coverage and apply it all at once. They should be regulated.
  6. grassredneck

    grassredneck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    In Ga, That is acceptable, because you only have to be licensed if someone is paying you to apply the product, however, I wouldn't want to have to explain that situation to the Agr agent and more than one lawn guy has tried to use the excuse " I applied the product for free" That has never been a valid defense per the Agriculture guy I talked to recently but probably incapable of being objective, or honest for all I know
  7. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,217

    In Mass you need a app licence to apply, or carry pesticides ( in a commercial vechile ) this voids the landscaper sayiing I do it for free.
  8. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    In Texas, once a certain amount of herbicide is reached, usually 1 qt quantities, a license is needed.
    One does not need a license to apply fert only for hire. Any combination of fert and herbicide, or pesticide, requires a license from one of two regulatory agencies.
    With regards to more governmental intrusion into our lives regarding licensing/classes for homeowners is a slippery slope I wouldn't want to walk on.
  9. ChickensDoo

    ChickensDoo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    If thats you in your picture i wil do your app for you sweetie.
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Yeah,.................................................. that's him.:rolleyes:

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