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Please help!! Not sure what to do..

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by RyanA97, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. RyanA97

    RyanA97 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    Im 15 and This is my first year in the lawn care business. I am already going to offer fall cleanup services this fall and am wondering if I should offer fertilizer. If so What type do I use? How much? Etc. I am located in northern virginia if it helps. Thanks!
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    Pretty sure you need an Applicators license to apply fert.
    And I'm willing to bet, you are not old enough to legally apply for the lic or put down fert.

    Best bet is to contact you local county Ag dept office.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Straight fertilizer is no problem in Wisco,,, it is when you get the 'cide/fert combo from the box stores and start throwing that junk around and timing it the same as Zone 10 and Zone 2 that problems begin...

    Find out when NPK w/out 'cides should be applied in your Zone,,, then operate intelligently, rather than imitating the status quo and just be another pretty face in the herd... :)
  4. lilmarvin4064

    lilmarvin4064 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 757

    In VA you will need a license to apply fertilizer and a separate license to apply any kind of pesticide (round-up, crabgrass preventer, weed killer, insecticide, etc)

    you may want to watch this page for upcoming recert class - nothing right now. or check the VDACS website


    i just noticed you were 15. I don't think you can be legal until 18.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2013
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,720

    I am sure mowing and fall clean-up will keep you busy. If you are not licensed for fert and herbicides...can't do that. However, you can probably rake and apply seed. Perhaps using a slit seeder. Perhaps using an aeration machine each of which you can rent. Provided you can find some way to transport the equipment. You may be able to plant fall flowers like chrysanthemums. Perhaps you can plant tulips bulbs and other bulbs which must be planted in fall. Daffodils, crocus, hyacinth and lots more types. They should be suited to your climate of course.

    Investigate the application of salt and snow removal this winter--I know you live in Virginia--but I am thinking you will be taking your mom's snowblower or lawn tractor all around your neighborhood, IF, and when it snows. Be ready to apply salt, also. Nobody wants to fall after slipping on ice. Businesses are particularly sensitive to being sued if someone slips and falls on their property. They need salt.

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