mnnesota lawn care info

Discussion in 'Network: Central' started by casey humphrey, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. casey humphrey

    casey humphrey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 196

    hello peeps i live here in Minnesota and i am starting to go mainstream in the biz and i was looking for some info i am looking for a class or a book from the state of Minnesota for fertilization its my understanding that a person must have a license for this please let me know if any body can point me in the right direction of even a web site thanks :cool2:
  2. Reassurance Property

    Reassurance Property LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    MN dept of agriculture
  3. alwaysgreenirrigation

    alwaysgreenirrigation LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    Minnesota Department of Agriculture is the issuing agency, its a relatively easy test, and you can take a bunch of other sub catagories if you wish. It to bad you didnt ask this question a month ago. I just took a class with MNLA (minnesota landscape association) and it was a prep class for the state applicators test. The class is one day, and you review the next morning and take the test right after that. Almost everyone always passes the test with these courses. You have to renew every year, and recert with continuing education also. Being licensed is the only way to go!!!
  4. Tinkerer

    Tinkerer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    Don't even think about it without a liscence. You can get a big fine and appear in front of a judge. The tree huggers about this time of year start to call all the lawn services anonymously and start asking you questions about your business, as in what you do, do you have liscences and lots of other questions.
  5. casey humphrey

    casey humphrey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 196

    can i use the pellet fert. with a spreader without a license ? i know the spray you cant and the sray is a lil more affective i would assume
  6. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    You can spread straight fertilizer (NOT weed-n-feed) with a standard license, again from the Department of Ag., without taking a test.

    Contact the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
  7. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,292

    Lawmowerman22 is right on....with a MN Fert License you can apply straight lawn fert (no weed n feed, crabgrass control, etc) for customers for fee.

    Here is the rip off part - it'll run you $150. Total rip off considering any homeowner just goes out and buys straight fert and applies it with no lic, yet you have to be lic. as a business owner. At any rate, I renew every year to cover my buns.
  8. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    Also, you may or may not run into this down the road. Some cities are going to require you to carry a license as well, no test, just send in your money.

    Forest Lake is one of them. $100 to get a city license. Also have to carry a $1000 bond.
  9. pinto n mwr

    pinto n mwr LawnSite Senior Member
    from gr8, mn
    Messages: 422

    Almost every city requires some sort of license to do business in. The thing is every city is different. Different fees, different ways to apply, different ways to qualify. I strongly believe in being fully licensed in all aspects of this business but to be fully licensed in a large majority of the cities I do business in is unreal. Probably shouldn't say this but it is relevant, I'd rather pay the 25-50 dollar fine if I get caught, then pay the 75-100 per city to register.

    FYI-I just looked into the fines/reports to our ag dep, and what
    I found out is that your chances of actually being fined for something is EXTREMELY low.

    Still get licensed though!
  10. Tinkerer

    Tinkerer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    About 10 years ago another lawn guy in my town sent in the money to get his liscence for dry fertilizer. One of his ads came out in the spring which included in the description fertilizing. Soon after he got a letter to his house, from the state with a $750 fine. He had to appear in front of a judge for all this. The paperwork for his liscence had not made it through the state before some (explative deleted) looked him up and turned him in. The judge waved the $750 fine. His business uses a PO box. He had no idea how whoever found out where he lives.

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