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Fertilizing Guide

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by NEWGUYRI, Nov 20, 2008.


    NEWGUYRI LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 593

    Hey guys,

    I am new to the lawn care industry and am looking in going into fertilizing. I need to know application times, do you have a site where they have a good list of what to apply and when. Also do you have a preferred fertilizer brand.

    Thanks For your responses.
  2. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    First thing to do is to speak with the state regulators to understand the requirements in your state, below is the contact information

    You will find that these folks will go out of their way to help you get informed and send you in the right direction. There are classes and all kinds out outreach to get people like you information on the correct practices. Believe me they will go out of their way to help you.

    when you get on the other side of training and are not in compliance with the law you will find they are not so helpful and will enforce whatever state laws are applicable

    *Stephen Volpe Phone: 401 222-2781
    Deputy Chief FAX 401 222-6047
    235 Promenade St E-Mail: stephen.volpe@dem.ri.gov
    RI Dept. Of Envr. Mgt.
    Website: /www.dem.ri.gov/
    Providence, RI 02908-5767

    Peter Susi Phone: 401 222-2781
    Ag. Marketing Specialist FAX 401 222-6047
    235 Promenade St E-Mail: pete.susi@dem.ri.gov
    RI Dept. of Envr. Mgt.
    Providence, RI 02908-5767
  3. quiet

    quiet LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 720

    Yes, excellent response, ICT.

    Your county extension service is a great place to start. And they will have links to appropriate agencies for licensing and regulation.
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Second thing to do is determine a NEED for nutrients, then develop a program that is best suited for each and every site.
  5. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    Ditto that
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,551

    Drop by any fertilizer supplier when they are not busy. They will give you a free education in what to use and when. Talk to more than one dealer to be sure.

    KACYDS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 559

    Also you can check with your state agriculture dept. and check their website.
  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334


    NEVER take advise from your supplier!!!!! Their business is to sell you product, not determine a sites nutrient requirements.
  9. MnLefty

    MnLefty LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 367

    Extremely short sighted!! Yes their business is to sell product, but giving solid agronomic and business advice can lead to repeated sales and loyal customers. Are there vendors out there who will tell you anything to make a sale? Sure. But are there also vendors out there who will do everything they can to help you make good choices and increase the profitability of your business to gain a loyal customer? Absolutely. Kiril, I'm sure you've done well to educate yourself, formally or through experience, to know what you're doing out there, but to say "NEVER take advise from your supplier" is mighty arrogant, to think that they have nothing to offer besides a sales pitch.
  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Sorry man, don't agree with you here. Tell me how your local supplier is going to know fertilizer requirements of even one of your sites? The answer is, there is NO WAY POSSIBLE. Yes, he might be able to make an educated guess if he has very good knowledge of local soils, but without a soil test, it is simply nothing more than a shot in the dark. If I had a nickel for every time I have seen a supplier "recommendation" on this site without suggesting a soil test first ...... My supplier said use this product 5 times a year ....... :hammerhead::hammerhead::hammerhead:

    Every good management program begins with a soil test. You cannot manage soil fertility without first knowing what needs to be managed.

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