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Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by By the Yard, Aug 11, 2004.

  1. By the Yard

    By the Yard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Ok, so 1st year in the business and recently certified for applications with the state of Nebraska...... Now, we currently have several commercial properties that include hotels and condo's. Most are good size. What do you guys suggest for tools of the the trade for applying pesticides and fert. We bought a lesco broadcast spreader of course, what about a backpack sprayer??? We have an ATV also with a broadcast spreader that we were thinking about using for spraying. I know eventually we need the large lesco setup for the back of the truck, but right now that's a little out of budget. Any help would be great.

    Take care!

  2. By the Yard

    By the Yard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Free Beer to anyone who responds! = -)
  3. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,009

    Response:I dunno.......
    I'll PM you my mailing address for the beer :D
    Actually,how about a set of scales for measuring your fert and pesticide products.
    A bucket for transferring fert/pest from bags/containers for weighing.
    Soil thermometer
    Soil test kits/bags
    Definately the backpack sprayer.
    Notepads for you to document weeds and turfgrass species found on site.One that you can present to the customer for their review.
    Just a few I can think of.
  4. GeeVee

    GeeVee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    Good help to start

    Solo makes fine BP sprayers.

    A Marketing strategy to help you avoid the TG stigma.

    (I don't drink diet beer)
  5. eshreve1234

    eshreve1234 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    I built my own sprayer. I don't have the sizes you do, but I used a 55 gal. plastic drum, an electric water pump for a RV sink, and some tubing and a little cart to haul it around behind my garden tractor. Made a boom out of PVC. I can go into more details if anyone wants.
  6. By the Yard

    By the Yard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Thanks so far for the replies. Soil test kits. I've been taking them to a local lab previously, so who makes a good kit? I can also search. Sorry to sound stupid, but "TG" stigma?
  7. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,009

    By kit I mean something like individual bags with your company logo on them to place your soil samples in,with an area to write your customers name,address,date of collection.Then prepare an spreadsheet,again with your company logo,and transfer the lab tests reading to this to present to your customer.Just something to make your company look more professional.
    TG = TrueGreen/Chemlawn
  8. By the Yard

    By the Yard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    gotcha...thanks! Makes sense.
  9. KCON1

    KCON1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    try a company called Gemplers for soil testing supplies, and hard to find horticulture and business supplies. they are on the web to

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