I am looking into getting my state license for pesticides and such and I was curious to know how the money compares to mowing? I am talking about spraying weed and feed type applications, bushes, and maybe trees.
Heres another ? What classes do you need to take and how to bid yards. I m a firefighter fulltime and llooking for good partime jobs. I have been mowing for a year. But man does it wear you down. I am new to the site. Have had a lot of good insite. Thank you for any remarks.
Firefighters should stick to fires. Most lawn care professionals who work at it full time don't appreciate the extra competition from someone who already makes $50k a year before touching a spreader. FFs and others can bend prices and usually undercut the full timers just to get the job.
Just my two cents
Where I'm located for a small property up to 5k is $39 an ap. Up to 10k is around $59. Once you get into bigger properties the price per 1000 sqf gets lower. For example, I bid a 270,000 sqf property at $4.25 a 1000 sqf = $1,147.50 per ap. x 4 aps. =$4,590 for the season. Exspences for product is around $4.89 per 1000 sqf for the season. $4.89 X 270 =$1,320.30 for product for season, $4,590-$1,320.30 = $3,269.70 profit after product exspence. I bid a 410,000 sqf property at $3 a 1000 sqf.
I've seen people on here talking about $3-$4 a 1000 sqf. for fert and then another $3-$4 for W/C. My area will not alow that. I use a 4 step fert program that includes two aps of W/C as needed. First ap includes Demension. A second ap of W/C as needed either in late spring or Fall. Insecticide and other treatments are extra.
Tx fire, As far as getting licensed goes call your Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection office. They should be able to get you started. Here in WI you can either take a class followed by a test. Or you can do a home study at your own pace and take the test whenever you are ready to. However, every state is different.