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Student needing help!

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by BlueDuck12, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. BlueDuck12

    BlueDuck12 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Hey guys! I posted this in the starting and growing a business forum and they recommended posting here as well.

    I'm new to the site and need some help. I am a senior college student and my last assignment is to build a business from the ground up. I have chosen to do a fertilizer and weed control service. Although I have had a small mow and blow operation for years I'm ignorant when it comes to the weed and feed faction of lawn care. I need to know every detail of the business from start to finish. So here are my first two questions:

    1. Can you recommend any literature on fert. and weed control application and business management?

    I would like to read up first before I just start throwing out random questions.

    2. What are the typical services offered by this type of company? Just weed and feed or are other services generally offered?

    Thanks a bunch guys. Looking forward to your responses
  2. jad004

    jad004 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    What state do you live in? That will make all the difference in the world as to what you need to read up on. The Universtiy of Arkansas has a great website with a ton of information. turf.uark.edu but if you do not live near Arkansas, then that does you no good.
  3. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,248

    Basically you need to go to work in the real world. Research and find one of the best operators in your area and offer your labor for experience. Choose a larger Operator with a good size base so your knowledge of operations will change but will be relevant to your area. (This will really change if your move from Southern turf to Northern turf. You will then need to get your license--I'd check into this now as some states will require that you work with a licensed operator for a determined time. Lastly, talk with the Dean of the Department--he may have some insight but probably is not savvy on the real world.
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,556

    I am not gonna do your homework for you. Sorry. You are already in the turf business. Read a few thousand posts here and you will have an idea of what goes on, and how we go about it.
    Be sure to read through and study all the information local college and Extension services offer. Neighboring states also count.

    Also, Drop by your local fert and chemical supplier. Take the most intelligent of their guys out to lunch--or maybe buy him a pizza and beer for Friday afternoon coffee break at Pizza Hut. Listen to what he says and pump him for information.

    Your last assignment as a college senior is in late August? What school is that?

    When you are finished--give us a link to your report and business plan.

    Your questions are overbroad. When you have more specific questions--just ask.
  5. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    I doubt your prof is going to care about details about applications as much as your business plan. You can make some assumptions about applications based on information posted at ag universities.

    Then you can include those as your footnotes.
  6. BlueDuck12

    BlueDuck12 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Thanks guys!

    I live in Texas so the UofA site should be very helpful.

    I'm not looking for anyone to do the project for me. I was hoping somebody would know of a good book or site that had literature on the subject. That way I could come back with more informed questions. School starts Monday, and the project lasts until December. I'm getting a head start on it that's why maybe it seems like a weird time.

    great start guys, keep it comin!
  7. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969

    Great response, Business is about Business not the technology. Many years ago Beta max was a better formate than VHS video tapes. But VHS had a better marketing plan and everyone bought VHS and Beta max lost out even as the better formate. Business is all about selling (marketing) You sell your suppliers to get delivery and price. You sell you employees on doing more work. Last of all you sell the customer.

    IMHO your teacher will be satisfied with a simple Fert & Squirt Program recommended by your local county extension agent who is part of the Federal Land Grant college system started by the Morris act of 1862 under Abe Lincolns administration. (BTW a Republican administration that believes in Capitalism not Obama Socialism.)

  8. ozarklawns

    ozarklawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I went to the U of Arkansas and had this same assignment. I got 6 hrs of credit for the entrepreneurs course and used my own lawn and landscape maintenance business for the project. I do know that turf.uark.edu is an excellent site as well as Sean Adams and Lawn Care Millionaire. Find them online or youtube Lawn Care Millionaire. I know in NW Arkansas most ferti-squirts apply 8 basic treatments. Service is about every 6 weeks from green up to brown out. You can subscribe to weed control, fertilization, or both. Dont forget top dressing and aeration services. Usually in the spring/early summer or fall before the winterization application. As for business numbers I cant help. Im not in that business.

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