What's my next add on service?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by grassmasterswilson, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
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    For a good base of weed control customers and I've got a ride on sprayer. I do a fair amount of aerations but would like more and own a ride on aerator.

    I'm going to start pushing fungicides as a preventive app. Also see fire ants becoming a big deal. I'm also going to push grub treatments but don't see many problems.

    So what's next? Thought about shrub apps but not real familiar. I also thought about adding a slit seeded but all I ever see is core aerations/overseeding. We are any a transition zone and fescue is about 25-30% of my client base.

    Where would you go next?
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  2. WestGaPineStraw

    WestGaPineStraw LawnSite Senior Member
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    Tree and shrub no doubt. Easy money! If you have the right equipment.
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  3. shannonblocker

    shannonblocker LawnSite Member
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    what equiptment are you using for ur shrub app
  4. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    what kind of equipment is needed for tree and shrub apps?
  5. WestGaPineStraw

    WestGaPineStraw LawnSite Senior Member
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    Depends, I use a solo 433 gas powered, thanks greendoc. It's awesome.
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  6. Trueturf

    Trueturf LawnSite Member
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    I only do a handful of shrub apps all I have is a backpack sprayer. Works great for fungicide, liquid ferts, insecticides. Obviously I am limited to what size I can take on but works great so far. The big guys in town are running 100-200 gallon tanks with tree guns instead of standard turf guns.
    Really nothing to the apps just read the label and spray till wet.
  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Perhaps add seeding to your services. I agree, power rake and slit seed. Or...aerate and add seed with starter fertilizer. Be sure to offer the customer to improve their lawn permanently with higher quality seed. Disease resistant. Insect resistant. Drought tolerant. Darker green. Be ready to do a complete renovation; you will probably get asked that before long. Be ready to remove old and lay sod, if requested.
    Change Bermuda to fescue. Or fescue to Bermuda. Zoysia?

    And if you have Bermuda--add overseeding or lawn paint, for winter green.

    And be sure to offer lime applications and soil tests.

    Lots of people want someone to keep the weeds out of their shrub and flower beds. Lots of people want some kind of bare ground or cracks in the cement treatments.

    Lots of people (in addition to fire ants and grubs) want perimeter sprays to keep insects and spiders away (fleas and ticks also) from the house. Easy backpack sprayer job.

    Also get licensed for mosquitoes--can be big some years.
  8. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,988

    Thanks guys. I'm a mowing and app company. My current routine services are mowing, apps, aeration and seeding. I've considered trying to ge more full service and adding some extra services. My ideas are..

    Pruning program(2 visits as well as in between "as needed" trims)
    Shrub and tree program(4 applications for insects and disease)
    mosquito treatments (would need different licsense, but would do first app til april/may)
    slit seeding(99% do core aerate and overseed, but not sure purchase of equipment would be worth it.
    perimeter pest(different licsense and may be too far out of my reach)

    Looking to stick to the turf and ornamental side but any other ideas would be great.
  9. Trueturf

    Trueturf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    If I had a little bit more time in the schedule Mosquitos is the way I would go.
    Local guys are killing it this summer with the extra rain. All they do is fog your bushes with bifenthrin very easy money.

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