Killing weeds

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Green-Cuts, Jun 25, 2006.

  1. Green-Cuts

    Green-Cuts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154


    I have a few customers that have some weeds in rock areas and I have just been trimming them every 2 weeks. It is a pain because I have to worry about
    throwing rocks all over. I was thinking about just spraying them to save me time. Roundup is too expensive and I was wondeing what you guy's would suggest. I had someone suggest gas?? If that is ok how would you apply it??

  2. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    Go to your local farm supply stores and look for Glyphospate. Around here it is usually sold under the brand name "Gly-Star" and is in concentrate form. Glyphosphate is the killer in Round-Up and when under a different brand name, it costs about 1/3 cheaper. Buying it in concentrate form makes it even cheaper as well. :)
  3. Audrey

    Audrey LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 570

    Don't use gas. Besides the fire hazzard, the smell will really upset your customer if it's near the house. When it mixes with earth it looses the gasoline smell after a bit and just stinks. Just hit it with Roundup. It's cheaper and less stressful in the end. Charge accordingly....

  4. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    but you have to have a license to spray any pesticides, and the fines if cought are very steep....have the homeowner spray it to stay out of trouble, i know it sounds stupid, a homeowner may buy the products and apply it but you may not.....:)
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,563

    Ask the homeower to go to Depot and get a gallon of ready mix and have him spray it. Tell him you can't be responsible for any breakage resulting from rock flying up.
  6. kmann

    kmann LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 298

    In Fl an LCO can apply over the counter products as long as the home owner supplies them.
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Let me get this straight, you're saying gasoline at $3 / gallon is cheaper than Round up at $1 / gallon? Not to mention I don't think most of your customers will take too kindly to your violation of environmental affairs, either.

    A gallon of super concentrated round-up costs $110 and makes right about 100 gallons of solution after it is mixed with water, if you can't afford this then perhaps consider weed cultivation as a form of control.

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