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Spring Weed and Feed 200 gallon tank Recipe

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by vvcchamb, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. vvcchamb

    vvcchamb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    I need a good recipe for spring spraying of my commercial lawns.

    I have sub-contracted my spring and fall weed and feed spray application for about 10 years.

    Since times are tough I will have to do it myself. I have a 200 gallon lesco spray unit.

    Can anyone give me a good recipe that includes nutrients and broadleaf control? I have a basic idea of what is needed, but if you can help me tweak my recipe, I would greatly appreciate it.

  2. JPsDuramax

    JPsDuramax LawnSite Senior Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 346

    Talk to the guys at lesco/JD. They should be able to help you out. Just make sure you have your certifiactions in line.
  3. vvcchamb

    vvcchamb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    I tried that, but my local store is new. They don't even have sufficient stock, much less knowledge.

    I was just hoping someone here would have some suggestions.

    Some local guys even add molasses to their mix, though I don't know the quantity or reason

    Can someone please shed some light on this?

  4. Dr.Simon

    Dr.Simon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    vvcchamb, Let us know what grass types are being treated. I know of at least 2 ex Lesco employees who frequent this site.

    KACYDS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 559

    Dr. Simon, I dont know if I would trust them. One of them cant even rebuild a bp sprayer.

    KACYDS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 559


    What is your recipe for the tank? Give us your ideas and we can go from there.

  7. Grandview

    Grandview LawnSite Gold Member
    from WI
    Messages: 3,251

    For now continue to subcontract. Your question indicates you are not up to speed on the application process. A recipe is just one piece of the puzzle. Application rate and factors involved are the other. I use 9 oz per gallon. For me its the right recipe to get 1.3 oz/1000.
  8. Dr.Simon

    Dr.Simon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    Simple rule of thumb for lawncare appl's: Calibrate to 4 gallons per minute with a lawn gun. Apply at 4 g's per 1000 square feet of turf (evenly) per minute. A basic fert and broadleaf appl- 50# urea(46%), 10# potash(62%), and 20 ounces of Eliminate D. All can be purchased at your Favorite Lesco/Deere. This will be a 1 pound of Nitrogen and 1/4 pound of Potassium with a slightly shy of full rate of b/l w/c.
  9. Dr.Simon

    Dr.Simon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    Well KC- if they frequent this site, they'll get better advice than that of the local L/J/D. All the good managers have there own business' now. Wouldn't you agree?
  10. KACYDS

    KACYDS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 559

    What about DC? He wasn't a good manager? Although he would talk the customer to death. lol

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