Pro fertilizers

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by WGrnd21, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. WGrnd21

    WGrnd21 LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 73

    What brands of professional lawn ferts do you use?
  2. GreenClips

    GreenClips LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    Lesco(JDL) its really the only option around me with accessible customer service
  3. bx24

    bx24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA/TX
    Messages: 503

    depends since I have seen man "pros" use all kinds of things...
  4. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163

    You can buy fertilizer that says "professional" on it and it is junk....and you can buy fert that DOESN'T say anything and it is awesome!

    Here are a few things you want to look at when selecting a fertilizer:

    Analysis - %NPK
    SGN (size grade number) - or average particle size
    Consistency of product - prill size
    Dustiness - Little to none
    % slow release
    Type of slow release
    Bag - as stupid as it sounds....make sure the bag is thick and will store the fert well. Some bags are just way too thin and don't keep the moisture out.

    I have had awesome luck with Lesco and have used a little Anderson's.

    Lesco is the best IMO!
  5. bx24

    bx24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA/TX
    Messages: 503

    what definds the words "pro"? I have some pros telling me Drive xlr8 is more then the old 75 which is odd. My price, coverage wise, is about 2%.

    I agree somewhat with re above but I have great luck with another warehouse. Lesco is starting to come down on their price but their worker are dumb as a rock if you ask very specific questions..That is where the extention works way better. YMMV
  6. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    have used andersons and scotts when starting out in apps,the worst has to be howard johnson. taht is like a plague to your application spreaders. had great results with andersons and scotts , but after that is has been the house brand of the company i am buying from . for a while now it is helena chemical. they have been great. i used to use UAP(verdicon) and BWI. they were not as good as Helena.
  7. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,737

    My Lesco/JDL Reps are pretty sharp, especially when compared to some of the "knuckle draggers" that come in and ask questions. There are a lot more of those than you might think...
  8. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163

    I agree Ted!

    My Lesco guys are at the the store mgr has been in the business for 30 years!

    I don't think making a blanket statement like that is fair, because every strore chain isn't the same and I am sure there are some that are not as good as others!

    For where I am...Lesco is the best, they have great knowledge, have great quality, service and prices are hard to beat!
  9. yz250fpilot

    yz250fpilot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

  10. 71ragtopgoat

    71ragtopgoat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    Lesco is my choice.

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