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First product to buy starting out

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by twcw5804, Jan 3, 2011.


    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,343

    I'm use my SG20 for all the thing you listed above and for preemergents in flower beds

    Charles Cue
  2. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    Were all using backpack srayers for spot spraying weed controls or liquid insect control. You can use a 1 gallon hand can but you'll be filling it constantly. Three gallon handcans are two awkward to carry, atleast for me being only 5'8". Most guys are do straight fert and spot treat the broadleaf weeds rather than using a weed n feed product.
  3. twcw5804

    twcw5804 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 439

    Greenindustry, so people are spraying fert with these also? I didnt see that in any of the searches but was wondering if it was possible for a luquid application
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  4. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    I wouldn't spray fert with a back pack. The flow isn't consistent enough, which will lead to striping. Also you would be refilling constantly. The back pack is good for spot treating weeds, any larger or broad cast spraying covering the whole property would require a 100+ gal sprayer. I think you miss under stood me, most guys are doing straight Granular fert, and spot spraying
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  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,228

    I started out with a used Lesco spreader and a Shurflo electric backpack sprayer, 12-15 lawns. Good way to start, make sure you do small lawns only.

    A season of this, and you will want to upgrade because you can't feasibly do very many lawns lugging herbicide mix on your back. Too much pain and suffering.
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,568

    Of course, if you use the backpack, you need a source of water and must carry your herbicide and measuring cup in your truck. The weight is hard on the shoulders. Spot treatment is not as effective as a blanket treatment. You can spray overall about 6 ft wide if you swing the wand and keep your pressure low, (calibrate carefully and apply about a half gallon per thousand sqft).

    And don't bend over to tie your shoes.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2011
  7. twcw5804

    twcw5804 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 439

    Sounds great. The materials to study for the class and exam came in the mail yesterday. I'm am sitting down tonight and discussing with the wife if we can afford me going back to college for those two courses. IPM meets Mon, Wed 3-450pm and Turf110 is from 530-850pm Monday only. This would force me into resigning my position as store manager of a Verizon agent store and go part time for them.

    If we go the college route I may slow down and wait till I finish the course to offer these items, even if I pass the exam ahead of time in February.
  8. R & R Yard Designs

    R & R Yard Designs LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 646

    Twcw where are at in the state. I have a good friend that could help you out if you need it.
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  9. twcw5804

    twcw5804 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Decatur, central IL. I may need to start a seperate topic in another forum as it looks like overall im going to have a lot going on this year.
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  10. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,056

    Riggle, you give the best advice! I'll bet everyone has done that once. :clapping:

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