Pesticde, Herbicide license?
I have several clients who's garden beds I maintain. Others that I do one-off work for.
This is a question for other individual professional gardeners or for estate gardeners:
What do you do when you need to use Roundup (canada thistles anyone? lol) OR Pesticides/fungicides on perennials, shrubs and trees?
I'm talking about general use products that are available from Home Depot etc.
How do you handle this - if you don't have a pesticide/herbicide license? How do other professional Gardeners handle this? Are most of you licensed? How does the homeowner react when you can't spray roundup on say their gravel weeds or you can't spray their roses for slugs or aphids. Or their shrubs for spider mites? etc etc etc.Or do you apply the products anyway and to heck with the license requirements?
Also what if say a shrub has a lot of browning leaves (I get these questions a lot) - do the homeowners expect you to 'save' the shrub and diagnose the problem. There are so many possible causes of plant/shrub problems and it could also be a combination of problems...I get nervous worrying that I might not be RIGHT. I have ilex shrubs right now which could be dying off due to overwatering, underwatering, spider mites or..who knows what else. What if I'm wrong and recommend the wrong remedy?
I was thinking if the homeowners want guarantees on the diagnosis and remedy - then they'd have to get a consultation from a plant health care specialist who will guarantee their work and perhaps replace the shrub/tree if they don't cure it?? But this kind of guarantee will come at a much higher hourly rate than mine.
So just having a crisis of confidence at the moment and wondering how much should my clients should reasonably expect from me??