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In this article, Landscape Management shares information on selecting the right fertilizer to improve operations and increase profitability. This article goes into the importance of knowing "What's in the bag" and not just making a purchase based on the lowest price.
Chris Derrick, national accounts manager for Koch Turf & Ornamental, speaks to the labor challenges in the lawn care industry. Derrick suggests that while the companies' owners might be knowledgeable about fertilizers, they often struggle with training their staff in the face of high turnover and seasonal employment. Equipment calibration is also a big challenge for lawn care businesses.
Derrick goes on to talk about the struggle to move lawn care operators away from the standard five-six application programs. As fertilizer technologies have advanced it is now possible to move to a three application program and spend the rest of the time focusing on other services. The key is to apply the right enhanced efficiency fertilizer product in the right rates.