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I know you need a license to commercially apply weed killer, but my question is what if you use a home made weed killer. I found a great combination of vinegar and a little bleach destroys weeds, and with my experience they haven't came back. Would I be able to use this on other properties since it isn't really a dangerous chemical, or would I still need a license?
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ANYTHING you apply that kills weeds (Including 20 percent vinegar) falls under the EPA pesticide rules. You must be licensed by you state.
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The whole point of the license is the state wants you to be sure you know what you are doing with anything you are spraying when you are charging to do so.

Have you considered looking into getting your license? If you have an interest in spraying weeds now, why not get it?
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I may look into getting it, it would be good to have in case someone did want me to spray for weeds, then I wouldn't have to turn the job down, or worry about getting the license then.
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I may look into getting it, it would be good to have in case someone did want me to spray for weeds, then I wouldn't have to turn the job down, or worry about getting the license then.
You have to find out if its even worth it. I spend $300 a year and another $500 every other year on licenses. It wasnt worth it when doing residential but when a commercial company requires it and its $1000 a app to sub it. It becomes necessary.

Sometimes its just better not do a few things because of cost. This happens to be one of them. Now if you had 30-50 people signed up for 3-8 apps a year. It works out.
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You have to find out if its even worth it. I spend $300 a year and another $500 every other year on licenses. It wasnt worth it when doing residential but when a commercial company requires it and its $1000 a app to sub it. It becomes necessary.
Do you think experimenting with residential clients like that opened the door to spraying commercial customers?

Might you not have gotten the lawn care accounts for those commercial customers if you didn't have the ability to perform that service with your license?
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Do you think experimenting with residential clients like that opened the door to spraying commercial customers?
Not really I was actually going to let my license expire. It just wasnt worth it to be able to spray yard here and there.


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Might you not have gotten the lawn care accounts for those commercial customers if you didn't have the ability to perform that service with your license?
Probably not. If its a larger property and its going to cost a lot to sub it out, then you try to tack on a little extra for yourself. That might be the difference in between your bid and your competitors. Its always cheaper to do it yourself.
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These are interesting points to consider before you go further with the licensing process.
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