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Spreader settings/ Measuring lawn

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by firecapt13, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. firecapt13

    firecapt13 LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 96

    New to the fertilization of lawn care went today to Lesco and bought a spreader and pre em to put out in my own yard. My question is how do you figure square foot of lawn and how do you set spreader settings. i want to learn this right before i go to customers lawns
  2. PGA

    PGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    If you had a sqaure you would measure the 2 sides that make a right angle and mutltiply them together for example if you had a sqaure and all the sides measured 4 feet, your sqaure footage would be 16. If it was 18 and 10 your square footage would be 180

    Check this out: http://www.leeric.lsu.edu/bgbb/7/ecep/math/n/n.htm

    As far as you settings go read the label on EVERY bad of granular app that you put down and it will tell you what to set it at.
  3. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,901

    length x width, your spreader settings should be on the bag if you bought lesco fert.
  4. PGA

    PGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    thats what I was trying to say but instead I wrote a paragraph :hammerhead:
  5. firecapt13

    firecapt13 LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 96

    the lesco fert had coverage rate but not spreader setting on it.

    so if i measure my yard and it measures 25' x 55' that is 1375 sq feet. so if coverage rate is 4 lbs per 1000 i need a little over 4 lbs.

    is my figuring correct on the math. if so how do you equate this to setting on spreader
  6. PGA

    PGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    It should have the spreader setting on it. What kind of fert did you get? Numbers? Ill look it up for you.
  7. lilmarvin4064

    lilmarvin4064 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 757

    for lesco fert and spreaders:

    These numbers are starting points, you might walk faster or slower than 3 mph, and your spreader has to be calibrated with the green calibration keys for this to be accurate.

    3 lbs/1000: set to #13 - #14

    4 lbs/1000: set to #15

    5 lbs/1000: set to #16

    5.5 lbs/1000: set to #17

    6.7 lbs/1000: set to #19

    These are for standard prill ferts.

    Most types of Pre-M (pendi...) from lesco go out at 3.5 - 4 lbs/1000. (for 2 apps)
  8. teeca

    teeca LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,202

    not to start anything here... but i'm suprised that you haven't been slammed to the ground yet by others... you don't know how to figure the sq ft of an area??? good thing your starting on your own lawn first!
  9. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    Well Capt I hate to be the one to do it, but since I am in NC too remember if you don't and it sounds like you don't, you must have a NC issued Pesticide Applicators License to apply chemicals to those customers lawns.
  10. TurfProSTL

    TurfProSTL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 693

    It took 8 posts..... must be a Lawnsite record!

    Capt, not to bash you, but your questions illustrate exactly the reasons why the states require applicators to be licensed.

    Study, take the test, and get your license. Good luck to you.

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