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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by larry1189, Aug 31, 2005.

  1. larry1189

    larry1189 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Was wondering do most of you guys use a preemergant? I do at times and sometimes I don't and i get great results. Maybe its a dumb question.
  2. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    Larry, it's a fantastic labor saving tool when used properly by licensed, skilled applicators. I believe nearly all commercial operators use it on their properties or have it applied by those who legally can. It's downside is the cost of the product, far too high to waste with misaplication or in an area where an extended labor cost cannot be recouped, like a one time planting or cleanup that is not specifically billed for the treatment or bundled into a longer term service agreement.
  3. Poppy

    Poppy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Hope you don't mind me asking what a preemergent is? I think it may be some type of fertilizer but do not know. I love to cut grass but depend on a company here called Bio-Green. They only charge me $200 a year but they take care of the feed, weed, insects, disease and PH balance. They do a great job. As long as we get reasonable amount of rain, they keep me doing what I love to do about every 4 days and my grass looks better than carpet.
  4. Steppenwolf

    Steppenwolf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

  5. ArizPestWeed

    ArizPestWeed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,457

    Pre , before the weeds emerge
    Post , after the weed emerges

    Preemergents are cheap .
    About a $1.25 per 1,000 sq ft

    10,000 sq ft , $12.50 is your cost
    You can charge as much $200.00 ,
    Can take as little as 20 minutes to do
    Your profit , about $185.00 for 10 minutes of work at job site .

    I've done 8 in one day .
    Not all were that much , most were $125.00 each

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