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  • Lawn fertilizer question.

    I have a customer that wants a bid for 5 step application. I havent done anything like this yet. You don't have to have a license in my area, as long as you are putting down granular. I need to know what ratios some of you guys use throughout the year, so I can price the fertilizer. 0-0-0....or what. obviously not that since that would be pure nitrogen, but I just need some advice, so iI can get the bid in.

    Thanks.
    Logan Hershberger

  • #2
    Do you have a Lesco or something similar near by you? You can stop in there and they can give you an idea what works well in your area.
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    • #3
      If you've never done this before you really can't go wrong using Scott's products and their website tells you what to apply throughout the year, and it can be bought at any Lowe's or Home Depot, so its available everywhere.
      http://www.scotts.com/smg/learn/gard...arentId=100006
      http://www.scotts.com/smg/learn/annu...arentId=100006

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      • #4
        Legend,

        Let us know what you come up with as far as your fertilization schedule.
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        • #5
          I think I am good to go....I am either going to go through Lesco, or throgh a local garden store who sells Ferti Lome products. I really like Scotts, but not their price. Lol. I'm going to roll with this schedule.
          February (Late)
          April
          June
          August
          Winterizer in Oct or Nov. depending on Conditions.

          Also, I think I will send out a letter to all of my regualar clients offering this service.
          Thanks for the help and recommendations. Steve, How do I put my name up under my handle, so that my real name appears under legend lawn instead of the word member? I put up an avatar so you guys can easily identify me, but would also like at least my first name to appear. Thanks.
          Last edited by legendlawn; 01-03-2009, 11:18 PM.
          Logan Hershberger

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          • #6
            Can you edit your signature to put your name in there and your website address? That should help improve your search engine rankings too.

            I am either going to go through Lesco, or throgh a local garden store who sells Ferti Lome products. I really like Scotts, but not their price. Lol. I'm going to roll with this schedule.
            February (Late)
            April
            June
            August
            Winterizer in Oct or Nov. depending on Conditions.
            What products will you be using at these times?
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            • #7
              What type of turf will you be putting this fertilizer down on? Also, have you put any thought into testing the soil? There are companies out there that will give you the exact ratio you should be putting down based on the soil test.

              You can then visit a farm supply store or co-op (no sure what they would be called in the US) and they can mix your fertilizer for you.

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              • #8
                I looked into the soil test for one of my other customers. Unless you sub it out..I was having a hard time finding a actual soil test kit that I could do on site, without sending samples to my state extension office. Do you know where I can get any such kit?
                Logan Hershberger

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                • #9
                  http://www.veseys.com/ca/en/store/to...ltestkit/image

                  http://www.omega.ca/shop/subsectionS...G08&book=Green

                  you can find a whack of them by googling. I have never used one (besides a pH meter), I have always sent my samples to Guelph University. Can be expensive but you get great results. Also, you can work the test costs into your prices.

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                  • #10
                    I would think that showing up and doing a soil test on the spot like that would be a great selling tool. If it is a little difficult to do, then most lawn care business owners aren't going to do it. This would give you a way to stand out. Also you could promote 'get a free soil test.'
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                    • #11
                      Absolutely! I agree 100 percent. I just havent been able to find a reasonable price kit, but I am going to look into it further now that you guys have got the ball rolling. Thanks
                      Logan Hershberger

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                      • #12
                        Just found one from Park Seed Co. for 15 bucks that gives you instant results. Exactly what I have been looking for.
                        Logan Hershberger

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                        • #13
                          What's the website link?

                          Also have you been thinking about how you will work that into your marketing?
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                          • #14
                            www.parkseed.com I havent thought about how to work it into my marketing yet. I've been handing out a fliers on days when its warm enough. I totally underestimated how long it takes to flyer when I was starting up last year and ordered a ton of flyers. Once I get rid of them all, I plan on altering the flyer in several ways, and offering the soil test on there is one thing I can do. Speaking of marketing, I just got my last christmas present in the mail today...The Big Lawn Care Marketing Book!!! so more to come on that. I also got Stop Lowballing for Christmas, but I am only a little over half way through it. Just havent had much time to read lately.
                            Logan Hershberger

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                            • #15
                              WOW!! Thanks

                              I think you really need to play up the soil testing. This would be just fantastic. In fact you should get some video of you testing soil and put this on your site.

                              Get a picture of you using the soil tester in your marketing material too!

                              I'd love to see what you come up with.
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