Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Fertilizer?


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 11-17-2008, 04:04 PM
ABurlison
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Fertilizer?

Hello all, I used A LOT of fertilizer this year, was curious what brand/type of fertilizer everyone is using? I used a local farm supply store's in house mixed brand, with mediocre results and lasting effects, I also used Scott's products quite a bit as well.

I've considered switching to something all natural, I've heard a lot of good things about the AGGRAND products, is anyone else using something all Natural/Organic and what's been your results?

Thanks for the ideas!

ANDY
NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC
MEDFORD, OREGON
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 11-17-2008, 06:01 PM
ritchiem
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I subcontract all of my fertiliations and weed apps and they use a commercial CIL brand. I use to use Scotts and had very good results, but I found that it only lasted so long in the package. If I didn't use it before the winter the following spring it would be a solid block.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-17-2008, 06:03 PM
Little's's Avatar
Little's Little's is offline
Brandon
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Shasta Lake CA.
Posts: 814
Rep Power: 10
Little's is on a distinguished road
Default

BEST makes a 15-15-15 that I use on most plants/trees. It is granulated at spreads well with a spreader without a lot of dust/etc. Last year the price was $15 for a 50 lb bag. this year the price went to $30 per 50 lb bag, due to the price of fuel. Hopefully next year the price will be back down.

See it here http://www.simplot.com/turf/best/pro...odid=140&cat=1
__________________
Northern California
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-17-2008, 09:12 PM
justin_time justin_time is offline
Justin
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: French River, ON, Canada
Age: 30
Posts: 1,801
Rep Power: 0
justin_time is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ritchiem View Post
I subcontract all of my fertiliations and weed apps and they use a commercial CIL brand. I use to use Scotts and had very good results, but I found that it only lasted so long in the package. If I didn't use it before the winter the following spring it would be a solid block.
I have the same problem with the Scotts brand, I think when it catches a bit of humidity it clogs up into big chunks, and i've crunched them back into small pieces again but i didn't see as much as a better result, so what I try to do, is get all my fertilizer's done all at once so I can order so many bags and use it all

But now i'm thinking of going with Natural fertilizer and Home Hardware carries a good brand that works really good, it almost looks like cocoa/chocolate haha

http://homeathome.homehardware.ca/na...a_arch_03.html
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-17-2008, 10:22 PM
ABurlison
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Yeah, I've noticed the same clumping with the scott's stuff, and yeah its such a small granual it only lasts so long.

I've been referred to some all natural/organic fertilizer, 1 is a liquid natural fertilizer by Aggrand, and the other is a granual, Dr. Earth Supernatural, since they are all natural I've been told the results will last longer, create better soil conditions and require less watering.

http://www.altrumonline.com/aggrand/index.aspx

http://www.drearth.com


I'm going to experiment next spring with those.

Last edited by ABurlison; 11-17-2008 at 10:26 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-18-2008, 02:11 PM
ABurlison
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Anyone else experiment with any other products not mentioned above?

Thanks for all the ideas.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-19-2008, 05:43 PM
ABurlison
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

So Ritchie tell me, you subcontract out all the fertilizing, do you use Trugreen or similar company, is this cost effective?
Do you work out the price into your service agreements, or offer this as an optional charge? I include fertilizing in all my contracts, but I guess by the time you spend $25-50 per bag of ferilizer, and your time to spread it, I guess it would be the same price to just have someone else do it?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-20-2008, 10:46 AM
legendlawn's Avatar
legendlawn legendlawn is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Andover, KS
Posts: 93
Rep Power: 8
legendlawn is on a distinguished road
Default Organic

There is a great article in last months issue of lawn and landscape magazine about a company that has a organic fertilizer program. If you dont subscribe, It is free and a great source of information. Anyways, This guy had a great analogy for the organic to pesiticide deal. He said using chemicals on your lawn is like taking steroids. The results are quick and don't last as long. In contrast using organics is like working out and eating healthy. It takes a while to see results, but overall you are much healthier, and the effects last. He also stressed the importance of explaining to the customer that it may take several orgainic applications to begin seeing prolonged results.
I was strongly considering an organic program, but the article brought up some second thoughts.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-20-2008, 04:00 PM
ABurlison
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Yeah, that's a very good point, I do think most customers are looking for a wow factor, but with organics they are not as strong, so they take several applications to take effect.

I do believe I read that article, and they say to transition slowly by using your new organic fertilizer and using half as much as your old chemical fertilizer the first couple of applications, than go only organic.

So what are your second thoughts, if you don't mind sharing?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-20-2008, 04:59 PM
legendlawn's Avatar
legendlawn legendlawn is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Andover, KS
Posts: 93
Rep Power: 8
legendlawn is on a distinguished road
Default second thoughts

You just stated my second thoughts exactly. Customers expect to see results and expect us to produce those results. I think it might work just still thinking about it. Starting with chemicals then easing into an organic program is a really good idea. It would would produce that wow factor, then you could sustain that with organics.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Contract for fertilizer application Dan3691 Introduce Yourself 6 10-16-2007 01:36 AM
Contract for fertilizer application Dan3691 Introduce Yourself 1 10-14-2007 11:17 AM
fertilizer special License? landscape warrior Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 3 08-08-2007 02:06 PM
top shelf fertilizer grassguy123 Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 1 09-27-2006 05:06 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Spot checked by...
Just for Cuts
Today 02:34 PM
Today 02:37 PM
by Chilehead
1 2
Newbie
Jhoell
06-25-2016 03:28 AM
Today 02:11 PM
by Chilehead
2 51
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Today 11:02 AM
by Brownieboy
1,253 438,111
Chemical Applications
acrajchel
06-24-2016 06:44 PM
Today 08:40 AM
by Steve
1 55
3 Applications or 5...
stansg1fresh
02-18-2013 12:02 PM
Today 08:38 AM
by Steve
3 1,395
Hello Everyone
JohnsLawnCare
06-22-2016 11:14 AM
Today 08:36 AM
by Steve
13 235
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
Yesterday 09:14 PM
by Chilehead
19 776
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
06-24-2016 07:26 PM
by acrajchel
9 10,099
Exmark Turf Tracer
acrajchel
02-01-2014 11:34 AM
06-24-2016 07:23 PM
by acrajchel
5 2,131
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
06-24-2016 06:59 PM
by acrajchel
7 3,040
Ybravo 25 mowers
SGL1
06-11-2016 09:52 AM
06-21-2016 03:44 PM
by acrajchel
5 293
Great Arborist Ladder
SGL1
06-04-2016 09:56 AM
06-17-2016 08:46 AM
by SGL1
10 384
Help a Brother Out -...
Hedgemaster
01-23-2012 04:19 PM
06-17-2016 08:28 AM
by SGL1
94 34,478
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
06-17-2016 06:08 AM
by SGL1
20 851
anyone interested in a...
GoGreenerKS
06-16-2016 01:00 PM
06-17-2016 02:58 AM
by SC93
4 170
Prolin
rmccutchan
05-21-2016 04:53 PM
06-16-2016 05:28 PM
by acrajchel
3 328
Laying new grass, Sod...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-23-2016 10:07 AM
06-16-2016 05:27 PM
by acrajchel
2 321
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
06-16-2016 05:24 PM
by acrajchel
6 433
Upgraded to a new mower
Stevenor92
05-17-2016 08:17 PM
06-16-2016 05:22 PM
by acrajchel
9 542
How can I fix my...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
06-10-2016 07:47 PM
06-16-2016 05:19 PM
by acrajchel
2 229
Need a lil help
Cpadgett
06-05-2016 09:51 AM
06-16-2016 05:17 PM
by acrajchel
5 360
help with sole...
greenbuds
03-24-2016 12:21 PM
06-16-2016 05:01 PM
by acrajchel
4 9,757
New Member from...
tiptoppmanager
06-15-2016 07:39 AM
06-15-2016 03:18 PM
by SC93
2 169
Brand new fish pond
Flynn landscaping 2016
06-12-2016 09:53 AM
06-13-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 147
Whats up??
Cpadgett
05-27-2016 10:57 AM
06-06-2016 08:46 PM
by Cpadgett
11 507
New Member from Texas
NathanR
06-02-2016 06:13 PM
06-03-2016 09:17 PM
by SC93
7 329
Edging Fad...
Tree geek
05-10-2016 11:29 PM
06-03-2016 07:02 PM
by SGL1
3 501
To mow weekly or Biweekly
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-11-2016 04:09 PM
06-03-2016 06:42 PM
by SGL1
11 779
Your Time Lawn Care
yourtimelawncare
05-31-2016 01:12 PM
06-02-2016 10:11 PM
by SC93
2 289
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:42 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:42 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy