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The Right Fertilizer?

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by WirthOutdoorServices, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. WirthOutdoorServices

    WirthOutdoorServices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I was thinking of running a promotion next spring that if you sign a contract you get a free fertilization. But I was not exactly sure witch one to use. I want something that will make the grass green and grow. I have some 13-13-13. Not an expert with this stuff just wanted to get you guys opion on the issue.
  2. castle555

    castle555 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    be careful, know the amount to spread, whether you need to be licensed, and always read, read, the label.
    I use a 20-8-16 NPK slow-release for the warm-season grasses we have here.
    the more slow-release nitrogen the greener it will be -but don't get it on things that are sensitive to high amounts of N.
    Another thing -think of how big of an area you will be fertilizing -that affects costs and time to apply.
  3. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,056

    Sounds like a great business plan. :) You don't know what you're doing, so don't charge for it. Give away your labor and product. You'll make lots of money that way. :rolleyes:
  4. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,153


    If you are using 13-13-13 on a lawn...that tells me you should be in another business!

    Sorry, but it is guys like you give this industry a black eye~!

    You need to read up and study lawn health before you start....seriously!
  5. quiet

    quiet LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 720

    Now, now, boys, let's be kind here. We should make it our New Year's resolution to be kinder to the newbies on this forum that are just starting to get into fertilization.

    With new restrictions on both fertilizing and watering are increasingly being enacted all over the country, it is up to us to be good mentors as well as stewards. It is incumbent on us to protect the environment and our livelihood by ensuring proper, responsible applications of fertilizers and pesticides.

    Let's all rehearse our new universal response to these (weekly) inquiries:

    "Please visit your local County Extension Service's website. They will give you specific information regarding the laws and licensing required for fertilizer and pesticide applications for YOUR state, including the fines levied for non-compliance. They will also have application recommendations based on the soils and turf types for YOUR area."

    And for this inquiry we might also add, "Please talk to your accountant about the wisdom of not charging for products and services!"
  6. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,153

    Very well put!

    Especially the last line involving the accountant! :laugh:
  7. castle555

    castle555 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    That is good advice to the new guy to check with his county extension. We'd rather be inclusive instead of exclusive.
    And, I do agree that he needs to educate himself and come into it as a professional -I think that is what the other guys are upset about -it's not an area for amateurs, and we need to be very responsible towards the environment.
    In California we have our own EPA to regulates us above and beyond and in addition to the Federal EPA - So I had to get a State Certified Pesticide Applicator's License and register with my County Agricultural Commissioner, via the Department of Pesticides.
    And I'm just doing simple maintenance gardening at the commercial and residential level!
  8. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    I like the idea of being a little more helpful to the "new guys". To often I log on to someone getting blasted for asking a simple question. I think if you have enough knowledge about these subject matters you can tell if someone has the skill set to apply certain product.
    I think it would be more helpful if we taught them something than just being like everyone was to the kid in the x-mas story and SCREAMING YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT KID
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  9. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    yep, no meany stuff . but seriously, extension office dude. they are great., oh and read up as much as you can on turf health and needs
  10. castle555

    castle555 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    Like those comments:clapping:

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