Sub out Fertilization

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AuburnGuy, Mar 3, 2004.

  1. AuburnGuy

    AuburnGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I currently don't fertilize, but want to offer it to new and old customers. I was recommended a guy by my accoutant. He fertilizes, but he also does maintenance. I'm supposed to meet with him next week to discuss. We will sign a no compete contract if we work together. Have any of you guys run into problems doing this or should i try to find someone who just does fert.
  2. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    IMHO.. find someone who just does fert. Better yet find someone who will do just the pest apps. and do the fert yourself.
  3. cush

    cush LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    Ditto that. Not only will he not compete for your maintenance customers he will send you business as well.

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,259

    you can apply fert amd lime without a lics. but pesticides you will need to find someone
  5. Flipperneck

    Flipperneck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    Just work something out with a fert only guy if you know a decent one and refer eachother. My old boss had 3 guys he would refer he picked up about 10 way over priced accounts out of about 30 estimates they refered in one year.
  6. TreffertLawnWrx

    TreffertLawnWrx LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    i do this with a local fertilizer only guy. Very nice man. I new him for 1 week and had already referred me a $600.00 clean-up job! easier for me to concentrate on other parts ofthe business without worrying about licenses, over spraying, having all the equptment, and product.
  7. cowcutter

    cowcutter LawnSite Member
    from Ky
    Messages: 13

    I use L.D. good co. good luck.
  8. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    Thats the way I do it, and it works out best. That way theres no competition, And if theres a problem, cut it too short, or too long, ect you can handel it with him not the customer.
  9. dreisman

    dreisman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I also deal with a fert specialist only. I refer to him and he referrs to me..Works great
  10. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,119

    I wouldn't do it, wait until you are prepared to do it yourself. We referred our customers to a friend and after a few years he began to cheapen his quality. Our customers got ticked off at US for referring him and requested that we do the work ourselves. We are no longer good friends because OUR customers came back to us on their own and he thinks we stole his business.

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