New to the game. Need help in choosing proper chemical

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Ducko, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Ducko

    Ducko LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 35


    I want to expand my business and start doing weed control. I am a novice to this side of the industry so please be nice. lol.

    The information I would like to know is.

    1. What is a general chemical I can use that a majority of customers prefer (weed control, grass food, etc)?

    2. I live in Canada. But what am I looking at in regards to price (supplies)?

    3. Do I need a licence?

    4. What is the technical name for some of these chemicals?

    I thank you in advance! :canadaflag:
  2. sweetjetskier

    sweetjetskier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    your best bet is to use the search option to look up info that pertains to your questions.
  3. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    I am not sure but think that Canada ban all lawn weed herbicides etc and that the application business is dead.

    You are asking the right questions but I can't help you. Maybe someone from your area can.
  4. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    Hey Ducko
    you are a little late to the game, they have banned the use of pesticdes in your provence on lawns.

    The State of Maryland is going to a reduced nutrient/pesticide program for all state buildings and highways. We just got an email for the State highway department banning to use of fertilizers, effective immediately. This is great for us though

    TruGreen was, I don't know if they are doing now, spending five minutes at each visit pulling as many weeds as they could in 5 minutes in Ontario. Its called a manual pesticide
  5. Ducko

    Ducko LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 35

    I see that there are still many lawn care businesses that are still running in Toronto.

    I havent seen them spray but I know that they are providing some type of lawn care/fert.

    Weedman happens to be the biggest fert company that adjusted there "banned chemicals" to an organic chemical/fert.

    How about going the organic route? Is that a market that has growth?
  6. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    yes that is the market, but your info will best be found not here, but from there with local agencies and local lawn care companies.
  7. Tim Smith

    Tim Smith LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    If a ban is in effect I would not chose the pest and fert game to start in. Just my two cents why enter a all most dead market.
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  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    In Light of Political Correctness, I am not sure the Lawn Care business isn't on it's last legs everywhere. It will take a while to die, but our non manufacturing economy will also hurt any non essential services. I don't see this happening in my life time, but I think some of the kids reading here sure will see it.
  9. Tim Smith

    Tim Smith LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I may try my hand at desert scapes. Bring in different color sands, stone and cacti might catch on lol
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  10. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    Xeriscaping has taken off here in small squirts.
    The need for weed control is still essential as weeds still come through the rocks unless geotextiles are used. Even then in a few sediment blows in and dust settles causing a seed bed for the inevitable.

    In the problem rising from the run off going into the Hudson????

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