Need input on Round 4 and 5!!

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Maple Wood, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. Maple Wood

    Maple Wood LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    I am thinking of changing my program a little and would like some input. Currently my round 4 is fert only at the end of August through Sept. My round 5 is fert and broad leaf from the middle of Oct to about now.

    Here my problem.
    Round 4 is a hard sell for my bigger yards. That is my main customer in this area 1-5 acre places. So I sell round 4 as a broad leaf control and fert and I sell round 5 as a "winterizer" Also if I do BL control a little earlier I dodge the leaves!

    What can you see as the Pros and Cons.

    I would have to change the timing of the rounds to get better broad leaf control.
  2. JD2320

    JD2320 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    Big properties generally don't go with a 5 or 6 app program because of the expense. It's always been that way and always will be. I don't think there's anything you can do to change that.

    Most commercial sites get a four app program too.

    It can also be argued successfully that most properties no matter what their size don't need 5 or 6 visits a year to keep them well fed, and weeds controlled.

    But, we all for the most part offer a bigger program. That's just business and it's perceived to be acceptable because Tru Green does it and has for some time. A lot bash them but they set the standard for a lot of what we all do. Years ago, a 4 app program with optional late fall feeding was standard.
  3. Maple Wood

    Maple Wood LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    My program for big yards is actually 3 steps. 1,2 & 5.

    I would like to go to 4 steps on some.

    My normal program is 5 or 6 steps.

    1. Crab grass and fert
    2. BL control and fert
    3a.Grubs and fert
    3b.Surface insect
    4. Fert
    5. BL control and fert
  4. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,203

    Yep nearly all commercial is 4 apps or less. Yep, they are cheapo's.
    Some try to get by with two, and I say no way to control broadleafs with that few trips over the lawn.

    My rule of thumb on commercials: err on the side of doing apps at the MOST ideal time for controlling broadleafs. So, if a comml acct chooses 3 apps, then do those apps at the times when you see the greatest emergence of weeds, and zap em. Keep those lawns weed free.

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