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How would you answer this?

GreenerSideLC

LawnSite Member
Location
Clinton, CT
I recently got my certification to apply pesticides in CT. Im talking to a customer who wants me to apply next year. they asked me:

"We currently use "Natural Lawn of America" and are under the impression that our 2-yr-old is "safe" when he plays on the lawn. What do you recommend concerning keeping the youngster off the lawn after you have applied your treatments? (Is your stuff dangerous, do we keep him off the grass for one day, two days, etc...). Thanks."

Im sure I ll be using similar chemicals but from what I remember its 48hr waiting period after most applications for kids and pets. Am I right or does it vary from application to application? how would you answer this customer?
 

SodKing

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
New Hampshire
Depends on what the re-entry interval on the label says. Most products I use say after the product has deied or the dust has settled.
 

teeca

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Indianapolis, In
i would use the 'safe' as little as possible. most lables do allow re-entrry after the product has dried, however i always like to give a 48hr window (except for the dog doing his business), by this time the lawn has soaked it all up and the strong smell has gone. regardless of the lable ask yourself this: would you let your kids roll around in your lawn 2hr after a blanket treatment of weed control even though it's dry? not me!
 

NattyLawn

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Lancaster, PA
I did sales for NLA for a brief period (issue was commission and mileage). The pre-emergent and spot weed spray are really the only chemicals they used at the branch I worked for. Also, about 20% of customers received the 7-0-2 (corn gluten, organic pre-emergent), so I would be careful. Are you using organic ferts? Besides the pre-em, NLA ferts are organic.
Do you want to go by label recs. or be safe? I would rec 24-48 hours for pre-emergent and weed control, especially when the customer shows strong concern when it comes to pets and young kids....
 

josh mcguire

LawnSite Member
Location
ma
I may be wrong but wasn't Natural Lawn thrown out of the PLACCA because they were not using natural and organic ferts and since when is Pre M a natural weed control?
 

NattyLawn

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Lancaster, PA
josh mcguire said:
I may be wrong but wasn't Natural Lawn thrown out of the PLACCA because they were not using natural and organic ferts and since when is Pre M a natural weed control?
You've never heard of corn gluten? Do a search...

I'm not here to defend NLA. I was trying to give some insight on their apps to GreenerSide.
 

NattyLawn

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Lancaster, PA
Corn gluten is organic pre-em in case you didn't know or I'm missing something from your post...I don't even think you know what you meant. Thanks for the attitude though!
 

nocutting

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Long Island,NY
GreenerSideLC said:
I recently got my certification to apply pesticides in CT. Im talking to a customer who wants me to apply next year. they asked me:

"We currently use "Natural Lawn of America" and are under the impression that our 2-yr-old is "safe" when he plays on the lawn. What do you recommend concerning keeping the youngster off the lawn after you have applied your treatments? (Is your stuff dangerous, do we keep him off the grass for one day, two days, etc...). Thanks."

Im sure I ll be using similar chemicals but from what I remember its 48hr waiting period after most applications for kids and pets. Am I right or does it vary from application to application? how would you answer this customer?
I'd listen to Natty on this one, he knows his stuff.........and the client didnt beat around about their concerns:alien: :waving:
 

ant

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
dirty jersey
good post,keep it going
 
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