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New 4-Step Program

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by grassyfras, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    I'm thinking of marketing a new 4-step program to get my foot in the door for other work to residential customers. My goal is to do this for $200 a year for up to a 7,000 sqft lawn. I'll spot spray all weeds when I'm there. I'm including nut-sedge and broad leafs. I am hoping to not have to spray much crabgrass with the Pre-ms. I'm estimating my costs to be around $2 per k on average. What do you think?

    Also, one of the fert dealers around here told me to only use PCSU and that "most other fertilizers" have chlorine in them??? He says that its terrible for lawns, but I'm not sure if hes just trying to sell me more expensive brands of fert.

    March-19-0-6 with Barricade
    April 15-12-0-6 with .1 Dimension
    October 24-0-0
  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,227

    Costs at $2/K, that seems mighty cheap??
  3. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    $2.00/k is per app. Does that still sound cheap?
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,561

    Should work OK Grassy,
    but your expense does not include your labor--or if so--you work cheap. Spot spraying with a back pack is time-consuming.

    Don't worry about the chlorine, if you have good rain, it will be washed out. I am thinking you need more potash in the fall. Did you do a few soil tests?
  5. chevyflan

    chevyflan LawnSite Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 30

    check again i come up with $7/k at 4 apps. 7,ooo sq. ft. $200. which is about right.
  6. boisephc

    boisephc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    4lbs/1000sqft N?
  7. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

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  8. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    Riggle-My expenses do not include my labor. Just material.

    I'm willing to buy a used skid or permagreen when I find one.
  9. Ferris68

    Ferris68 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Grassy I am the pesticide controller for a company in St. Louis so I know the area quite well. Including broad-leaf and nutsedge sprays with the cost of the application could prove very costly for you. If you only have a handful of broad-leaf weeds to begin the season you may get away with only using a backpack. If you have entire lawns that need to be treated you will either spend too much time on the property and lose your profit or spray too much active ingredient and kill the whole lawn. Also you will have weeds that germinate during the summer months that you will have to spray. As for the nutsedge, in St. Louis we can have nutsedge sprouting any time beginning in May (like last year) and running through September. So you will be spraying for free all summer with the hopes you dont have any bad outbreaks. I will assume you are spraying Halosulfuron (sedgehammer) for the nutsedge. 90 degreess is the cut-off temp. to spray. Which means you could go two months only being able to spray between 7am and 10am.
  10. Ferris68

    Ferris68 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    What vendor are you dealing with?

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