Granular Fertilizer

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by Pulpit46227, May 14, 2002.

  1. Pulpit46227

    Pulpit46227 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    I think I am pretty sure you need no license to spread granular fertlizer for a customer. Right?
  2. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    Probably not, as long as it isn't a "Weed & Feed" or "Insect Control" where the fertilizer is mixed with a pesticide. Just to be sure, you should contact your State Dept. of Agriculture.
  3. lawnstudent

    lawnstudent LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 472

    I don't know the rules in your state. Scraper has it right, contact your state Ag dept. In Illinois you can app stright fert without license but you must post the property just as a pesticide app must be posted.
  4. maple city

    maple city LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 305

    I'm not positive, but we we told by other lawn care people in Indiana that as long as you don't spray, you don't need any certification. We have been told not to have any type of sprayer at all on our trailer (even the little ones you can buy at Wal-Mart).

    We have been applying the weed and feed type granular products without a problem.

    I think that if you want to spray in Indiana, there are certain Hazardous Materials classes you have to take to get that type of certification.
  5. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 870

    If it is a pesticide, you need a license.
  6. tremor

    tremor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Liquid or granular isn't the issue. If a product is labeled for control of anything, it then has an EPA registration number. Then it is by definition a pesticide. Regardless of what it controls, wheather a pesticide is mixed with water, applied to an inert granular carrier, or sprayed onto fertilizer, it's still a pesticide. You therfore need a commercial pesticide applicators license to spray or spread for hire.

    Like many states, you would probably want to go for 3a & 3b categories.

    Also like too many states, the incorrect impression that spreading granular products is OK. This goes largely unoticed because most field inspectors are responding to complaints instead of checking for landscapers with spreaders.

  7. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    Same thing down here. Fertilizer is ok but ANY kind of pesticide requires the proper certification. One thing I don't understand is I see pressure washers using chlorine to clean with. Chlorine according to the label is a PESTICIDE to be used for swimming pool sanitation and using it to pressure clean with is inconsistent with the label. Should you need to be certified to use it to pressure clean? Just curious. Any opinions?

    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 665

    Maple City, before you spread another bag of weed & feed, you should call the Dept. of Ag. and ask them what the fine is for using pesticides without a licence. That might shed some new light on the issue.;)
  9. Casey

    Casey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    In nebraska you need a license to spread a fertilizer/pesitcide mix and it my understanding that in misouri you can't even go out a measure and recomend a product unless you have a license.... keeps you from having the secretary out measuring lawns ;)
  10. tremor

    tremor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476


    In New York you do need a license to purchase & use the heavy duty forms of chlorine. If a pool is to be used in even a semi-public way, ie camps, schools, country clubs, etc, you not only need to be licensed but your facilities must be inspected by the local health dept.

    Yet not unlike the hardware store & garden center purchases of & illegal commercial (semi-commercial) apllication of pesticides, there is a deep seated & somewhat well founded fear of any legal steps that would limit our personal freedoms in this country. It's kind of ironic that once we're certified & legal, we support the laws that make us legal & more unique in the market place. Yet we'd still be screaming bloody murder if our uncle Joe couldn't but a can of Wasp & Hornet killer at the local Super Market.

    Catch 22


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