1. Ask the Expert: Fertilization Strategies for Success: Dec. 12, 2017
    Learn how to do more with less when it comes to your fertilization services. Join the live Ask the Expert event hosted by Koch Turf & Ornamental: Dec. 12, 12-2 p.m. ET in the Fertilizer Application forum .

Dismiss Notice

Lesco 15-0-15 or Fertilome 15-0-15 for Centipede?

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by PamlicoLawnCare, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,716

    All I know is when RAlmaroad and Greendoctor give advice, you can be sure its good advice. Roy knows Centipede for damn sure and Greendoc knows his stuff as well.

    If they say that there's a problem with chlorine content with the use of potassium chloride, I believe them. From my own personal experience, I know Centipede is touchy about a lot of things so a "chronic" problem such as this wouldn't surprise me in the least.
  2. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969

    Getting back to the original Question. In order to answer your question on which Manufacturer's Blend is worth the asking Price. We need Fertilizer Labels to compare. What the Blend is derived from and the Minor Elements included make all the difference in quality and Price. Fertilizer is one produce you never get more than what you pay for. However you can get a lot less than you pay for.

    I can't express enough that Fertilizer is a Commodity and not a Brand. The Fertilizer Industry is very competitive and Major Players are forever going under or changing hands. You don't have to be in this business very long to see Major name changes. Present day Agrium has had multiply name changes from it's UHS (United Horticulture Supply) name in the 1990's. Lesco is now JDL. Present day Univar actually was Van Waters and Rogers first changed to an other name I can't remember and a few years later went Back to Van Waters and Rogers. Or course after a few name changes they are Univar.

    So the big point here is all 15-0-15 are not the same. Only those who study a just little Chemistry can actually See, Know or Understand those differences. Every area of the Chemical industry from Pharmacology to Fertilizer play on the ignorance of the public to inflated prices.

    In Edit:

    I would like to think I know my stuff, After all I taught this stuff at my local State College. However I don't post very much any more because I feel talking to My refrigerator gets a better response because when I open the door at least a light comes on.

    Last edited: May 2, 2013
  3. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,993

    Be thankful that the refrigerator does not try to contradict and pick apart what you have to say.
  4. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969

    My refrigerator is smarter than most people and stays cool.

  5. gregory

    gregory LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,077

    ric that's some funny ****....
  6. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 4,382

    In Edit:

    I would like to think I know my stuff, After all I taught this stuff at my local State College. However I don't post very much any more because I feel talking to My refrigerator gets a better response because when I open the door at least a light comes on.


    I know you get a lot of negative feedback & DA responses but for every 1 of those there are probably 2 or 3 that are taking in your advice but just do not reply. I for one would like to see you post more.
  7. PamlicoLawnCare

    PamlicoLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    Attached at the bottom are each of the fertilizer labels.

    The K is derived from MOP in both products.

    The Fertilome has more trace elements listed but is significantly more expensive. The label does not list chlorine content.

    The Lesco has less trace elements and is significantly less expensive. The label lists 11.25% chorine max.

    I'm not sure how you guys bill your customers, but I've always billed my customers my actual cost of the fertilizer plus my labor to put it out. That's usually a $40.00 minimum labor charge for dispersing up to 40 lbs. plus $10.00 for each additional 40 lbs., then add the cost of fertilizer.

    Given the cost of these two products, I know the customer will prefer the Lesco.

    I've been in this business for a while now but I had never even heard of Lesco products until a few weeks ago when I noticed Lesco was popular while perusing this site.

    The local Farm Supply has always pushed the Fertilome 15-0-15 to all of us local lawn care guys and that's what we've always used.

    It's good to know I can offer the customer a less expensive, professional product.

    The Lesco is going to be quite a hike for me to get but I'll load up on it and make it worth the trip.

    Thank You,

    Rod J
    Pamlico Lawn Care, LLC
    Oriental, NC

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: May 2, 2013
  8. wegomow

    wegomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    Give Dixie Chemical in New Bern a call 252-638-1193. 50 lb. bags of 15-0-15 for $20.00 I was told today by phone. I will go tomorrow to check out the product, since it's supposed to rain again.
  9. Ben Harris

    Ben Harris LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    15-0-15 costs me $24.00 at my JDL in Wilmington
  10. PamlicoLawnCare

    PamlicoLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    Dixie Chemical?...I wish I would have known about them before I went to JDL in Greenville last week.

    Let us know what the complete analysis is on Dixie Chemical's 15-0-15 when you go to check it out.

    I got the Lesco 15-0-15 for $20.15 from JDL in Greenville but it took me a week to get it...they said they've had trouble getting fertilizer this year.

Share This Page