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Herb. Lic.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Toy2, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

    Okay folks, got the old Herbicide License.....here's the question: Where's the money? I mean if a homeowner can buy anything he or she needs at Home Depot and spray it themselves....what's the use in a license??????:dizzy:
  2. DeereHauler

    DeereHauler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 604

    just guessing, but i can't picture the owner of the multi million dollar company out spraying the lawn. i make most of my money with business'.

    plus most of that homeowner stuff isn't as good as the stuff pros can buy. theres a lot of factors, like age, or time. most old folks, and busy homeowners won't do it, so thats where you win and make the bucks.

    good luck with it
  3. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    Most homeowners don't want to do it.
    Most homeowners don't know how to do it.
    Most homeowners don't have any idea what to do.
    payup payup payup payup payup payup payup payup
  4. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 946

    Hey Toy2,

    If you really want to look at it. Homeowners could cut their own grass, trim their own shrubs, mulch their beds, build their own retaining walls, shovel their own driveway(snow), etc. The answer has been posted. You are always going to have those that will do it themselves. However, there are still plenty that either can't (whatever the reason), or don't want to.
  5. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

    Thanks for the info....not sure if its only in Central Texas...but homeowners will not pay you extra money to do something they see everyday at HD. Now if only you could buy it...Round-Up Pro...etc, only you, then yes I see that they would pay the extra because they have to...but around here everyone whats the lowest price possible on everything.....example...customer calls you to fertilize the lawn..." I already have the bags of stuff" he tells you just to spread it......If you were the only one who could get yours hands on it...then I see a way to make money....otherwise its useless...
  6. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    I would say that being a licensed applicator is a waste of time and money for you, because you have no clue what to do with it. Leave the application business to someone else.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    It depends on thetype of area you work in, and the demographics. I know of areas that you would NEVER see soeone dropping a mower and cutting a lawn, let alone an application being done. It all has to do wity where the market is at. People that pay for the service are not just paying for x amount of fertilizer or herbicide (or whatever) to be delivered to them and applied. They are also paying for the expertise and knowledge, the ability to identify and cure future problems, and the confidence in knowing that it is done safely and correctly. - namely the RIGHT stuff being applied at the RIGHT amounts, and at the RIGHT time. THIS, afterall is a MAJOR part of just why licensing is required. It seperates those who know full, to those who have NOT been educated to a certain degree in the field.

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