Would you hire someone to do electrical work in your home who was not a licensed electrician?
The answer should be a resounding NO!
Lawn care is no different. In the state of Indiana, it is the law that anyone who applies pesticides or fertilizers to a property for money must obtain a business license from the Office of Indiana State Chemist. That business also is required to employ at least one individual who is a certified applicator and pass the category 3b exam (turf management).
Why is this important to me, the homeowner?
Many of the fertilizers and pesticides that are applied to your lawn have very important instructions regarding the handling, use, and disposal of the product. As a certified and licensed company, we know how to properly use these products in ways that yield the best results. We are also legally bound to only perform tasks indicated by our license and category type. This limits individuals and companies from providing services that they do not have proper training or understanding in.
I will just have my mowing guy spray when they are here. Is that ok?
Only if they are licensed! Individuals in Indiana must be licensed to apply any type of pesticide or fertilizer to a customers lawn regardless of the type of company they own. Even if your mowing company will “kill your weeds for free” they still must obtain a proper license.
Why is a license so important anyway?
As lawn care professionals, we take a lot of pride in our work. Our programs have taken years to develop and have required a lot of research and learning. Licenses are important because they protect everyone involved in the lawn care industry including the environment, the homeowner, and the applicator!
What about your applicators?
All of our lawn care applicators have passed the Indiana Pesticide Applicator Core Exam issued through the Office of Indiana State Chemist and are considered Registered Technicians, RT’s. Our applicators also attend training throughout the year to stay current on industry standards. All of our applicators follow strict guidelines regarding the handling and use of the products that are used.
Our training in turf management gives us the knowledge to properly identify issues and provide our customers with the best solutions. We take pride in our work and in the lawn care industry. It is important to us that our customers know that we are dedicated to providing the best service and results. If you are not happy, we are not happy!