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stansg1fresh
02-18-2013, 12:02 PM
3 Applications or 5 Applications
What do you think is better to promote?

I do 3 using slow release Anderson products with a Winterizer as a option.
The big companies push 5 or 6.
I live in the midwest with all cool season grass.

I feel that it is much better for a timing standpoint,with the drought we had last it made no sense to me to do applications mid June-July.

I still put down the same amount of fertilizer but with 3 applications.
I always make sure my customers have good weed control and will go back if I need to.

What do you Pros think.

Grass Doctor
02-18-2013, 01:07 PM
3 Applications or 5 Applications
What do you think is better to promote?

I do 3 using slow release Anderson products with a Winterizer as a option.
The big companies push 5 or 6.
I live in the midwest with all cool season grass.

I feel that it is much better for a timing standpoint,with the drought we had last it made no sense to me to do applications mid June-July.

I still put down the same amount of fertilizer but with 3 applications.
I always make sure my customers have good weed control and will go back if I need to.

What do you Pros think.

4 its alwaays better 2 spring 2 fall 2 pre emergent and one winterizer difent number each aplicattion

acrajchel
06-24-2016, 06:48 PM
I think it probably varies a lot on local weather, grass types, available product, etc. I use SiteOne (used to be John Deere Landscapes) as my supplier and they have several programs built already and I pick which one works for me and my customer. They give me a schedule with all the chemical information, application rates, etc. The plan I am on is a 6 application, but they have a 5 application also.

If you are using a supplier built for landscaping companies and not Lowe's or something online, check with your supplier and see if they can help you build a plan for your area and needs.

*Edit* Just seen how old this post was, still might be useful though to others :)

Steve
06-28-2016, 08:38 AM
At what point do you feel the amount of applications becomes just for profit or to be used in marketing that you use X amount of applications where a competitor may offer less?

acrajchel
06-28-2016, 02:53 PM
At what point do you feel the amount of applications becomes just for profit or to be used in marketing that you use X amount of applications where a competitor may offer less?

I think this is a valid point and depends on the yards condition and your local conditions. I'm in Central KY and we have active weed growth for most of the season (crabgrass prevention in spring, dandelions in late spring, nutsedge and chickweed in early summer, clover in fall and winter) so there is always something to spray. In some areas, maybe weeds aren't a problem after spring. I have also heard some guys say there is no reason to fertilize in the spring, as the grass is growing without any help. I can see how one would see it this way, but don't agree. My chemical plan focuses on developing root growth in the Spring for the grass to be ready and hardier for the summer dry out. I also put a Summer Guard fertilizer on in June to help with this too. Then fall and winter is about getting the grass ready for the next year, so it comes back thicker and healthier. In KY, we can get extremes in Summer and Winter (100 plus degrees and then 12-18" snow storms) so I think our grass has to be better adapted to these changes as opposed to up north or down south.

Steve
06-29-2016, 05:05 PM
They give me a schedule with all the chemical information, application rates, etc. The plan I am on is a 6 application

Have you ever had any push back from customers over a 6 step process or do they feel as long as they can be told why they need it, they will buy it?