Fertilizer questions?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by pcs, Apr 7, 2001.

  1. pcs

    pcs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    I don't normally do any fertilizing but I have a couple of new customer that I want to keep because they are all on the same street. They want one company to do everything. So what should I use to make there lawn lush, green and weed free? How many times do I fertilze and how much do I use? I don't want to screw up thier lawns.
  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Try asking this in the pesticide application forum.
  3. greens1

    greens1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    That really depends on the customer, the type of turf and your climate. Rule of thumb in the Northern climates is 3-4 times per year. You may want to try a search at the MSU turf site for fertilizer recomendations, I don't have the link handy but a general search should reveal it. Remember heavy fertilizing = increased thach. Try to get them to pay for core areation in the fall.
    Good Luck,
    Jim L
  4. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. tomoaktree

    tomoaktree LawnSite Member
    from WNY
    Messages: 114

    If you are not ready to get involved with that aspect of the business you could sub the work out to someone else. You just might get work from the company you sub to. Nice trade off.
  6. pcs

    pcs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    Nobody here seems to be able to help me. Does anyone fertilize thier customers lawns?
  7. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    I think that most here have offered you a professional curtosey of avoiding your question because it is apparent that you may not be certified to make chemical applications, and thus if we gave you direction on how to do it and you get caught it may not rest well on their minds.

    I would find a viable sub-contractor that specializes in chemical applications that is not a mowing contractor. This could turn out to be profitable for you as well if you are looking to expand your customer base.

    I agree too that this question pertains to the pesticide forum, even though this is a service many LCOs provide.

    Good Luck!
  8. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    pcs, the guys are right. It's not worth the hassle if you're not licenced and you get caught. You can do the fertilizing but you can't do the weeds legally. For fertilizing only a couple of lawns I would just go to Home depot and buy the premium line from Scott's and follow the directions. Just read them before you get to the customers. As for the weeds I would sub that out to a licenced company that doesn't do cutting. I had a new customer today call Weedman and tell him I would be doing the lawn now, you can bet your ass the weedman will be calling to check if I have a licence and insurance tomorrow morning first thing. I am legal so it's not a problem just a nuisance.
    There might even be some guys here from Toronto that could do the work for you, check the profiles.

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