Most effective chemical selection/what chemicals do you keep on hand at all times?

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by andyslawncare, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    I passed the test on the first attempt today!:) Guess that's what I get for 3 months of daily study! I am prepared to start a chem application branch of business this spring and have many questions.

    I will read through many threads here, but there are a lot of inexperienced people here... I would appreciate any info from people with knowledge of this business. I am in need of a mentor!

    Within the next 30 days I will be buying all of my spraying equip and supplies for the year, and need some help on the chemical selection part of this.

    What chemicals do you always keep on hand? ---Pre-emergence, Post-emergence, insect, and fungus??
    My plan is to attain 70-120 application accounts this season (already have quite a few lined up).

    A break down of each application on a property in one year??

    Also, What is the best way that you guys are writing up proposals
    & giving straight bids on a job?
    you could foward me a copy of a simple proposal you give, it would be helpful.

    My plan is to start door knocking, sending post cards (currently), flier to driveway delivery (currently), and Money Mailer advertisement to 10,000 homes 3 times over the next 3 months (currently).

    :drinkup:celebrating now!!

    Thanks for any replies!
  2. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Seed. I ALWAYS have seed on the truck.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    A lot of guys imitate TGCL around here. They do it differently enough to say their show is better, but I don't think so.
    When we decided to take on the chemical application, we spent time experimenting, with different stuff, at different times, and weather conditions.

    Where you are you may not have the same timing as us here, but the most important discovery that was made, was told us by a Lesco Dealer. It goes in sync with the weeds natural cycle...

    There is a time of the year in which plants are actively consuming and sucking it all into their root system. Getting ready for winter. Hit them, at that time, and they will drink in as much herbicide as you give them.

    We only spot spray. It takes a little more time , but provides a much greater quality and personal understanding , of each individual lawn. In years 2 and 3 you really aren't spraying that much any more, because the weeds are all dead. But the money is still alive. :)

    Again, how this translates to GA, is up to you.
  4. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    hard to help as it is dictated byt he weeds you encounter which many will be different than here.

    i would not spend alot of money keeping a fungicide around unless you know you will have issues. theya re high dollar to keep much around for sure.l
  5. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    I think you would be best served by a mentor in your area that treats turf similar to yours.
    As you can see by the responses that you have already gotten that most of this guys are working on different types of turfs and soils than you.

    The best advice I can give you is keep your inventory as low as possible while still having proper supplies on hand to ensure the highest ROI. This portion of the business tends to seem to tie up a lot of capital if not planned correctly.

    I am happy that you have past the test and wish you the best of luck in your new division of your business.

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