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Gene $immons
03-01-2006, 11:17 PM
Tonight on local TV station KFOR (NBC), there was a report of a unhappy homeowner. His home security camera shows the chemlawn van pull up in front of the house, the driver gets out, while on his cell phone. The driver walks around the yard for a couple of minutes before putting a Chemlawn sign in the yard, and a bill on the door. Then drives off without doing anything at all.

LOL

Chemlawn responded by firing the guy immediatelly, and calling it an isolated incident.

cgland
03-01-2006, 11:26 PM
isolated incident.

I think they isolated it about a million times.

Chris

green with envy
03-02-2006, 03:43 PM
Hell at least the guy walked around the yard !!!

lawn king
03-02-2006, 04:37 PM
Back in 1985 a large lawn care co. here in massachusetts was the # 1 complaint at the A. G. office. They would pull in ,throw a handfull of straight on the driveway, post an invoice and take off! They were history by spring 1986.

Rayholio
03-02-2006, 04:47 PM
Gotta Love ChemLawn. Somehow they sign up more customers than they piss off... dunno how though..

nobagger
03-02-2006, 05:18 PM
In their defense that could have been anybody's employee. Good help is hard to find. I am running an ad in the next few weeks and I'm almost affraid to.
I undestand it was a Chemlawn employee but my point is that its getting harder and harder to find decent people.:hammerhead: I'm sure they don't make it a point to do this, I sub out all my fert. to them and for 2 years I have had nothing but good luck with them.

salandscape
03-02-2006, 06:14 PM
ChemLawn taking the organic apporoach! It's about time!

scagster
03-02-2006, 06:50 PM
nobagger, arent you getting tired of mowing 7 inch grass on a weekly basis, i used to do all the big greens mowing in this area , had to give it up because they continued to bury me with nitrogen even after i would talk to the bigshots and they would promise to cut it back, just couldnt make any profit. got my own pest lisc. and eveything has been great

DUSTYCEDAR
03-02-2006, 06:56 PM
oh well it happens

Trinity Lawn Care, LLC
03-02-2006, 06:58 PM
nobagger, arent you getting tired of mowing 7 inch grass on a weekly basis, i used to do all the big greens mowing in this area , had to give it up because they continued to bury me with nitrogen even after i would talk to the bigshots and they would promise to cut it back, just couldnt make any profit. got my own pest lisc. and eveything has been great

Hey around here we have had a big problem with some large company (Ya know who) burning up peoples lawns. I know this is largely the fault of the customer(water). However, it was a little funny(not) to see them still throwing the stuff down in the middle of the summer in a drought, and when the yard is already burned up as it is. I was talking to one of my customers who thought that I was leaving lines in his lawn with my mowers, and he thought that I was killing his lawn by cutting it to short. I showed him that my deck was fixed at 3.5", so there was no way that it was my mowers. Also, I showed him that the wheel size was the size of one of the other companies handy dandy spreader. In addition, I had not mowed the property in some time, because the grass was not growing. He was like "Wow! your right. I am not going with them next year. I only went with them, because it was free (apart of a new construction deal). It is about time someone puts a stop to this nonsense.:hammerhead:

Norm Al
03-02-2006, 07:38 PM
i will bet almost every spray service with employees has had at least one employee pull that!

Killswitch
03-02-2006, 10:06 PM
Tonight on local TV station KFOR (NBC), there was a report of a unhappy homeowner. His home security camera shows the chemlawn van pull up in front of the house, the driver gets out, while on his cell phone. The driver walks around the yard for a couple of minutes before putting a Chemlawn sign in the yard, and a bill on the door. Then drives off without doing anything at all.

LOL

Chemlawn responded by firing the guy immediatelly, and calling it an isolated incident.


I worked there for five years and we actually had a crew that was bold enough to ghost aerations if you can believe that.

Ghosting and shortcuts are commonplace at TGCL.

Killswitch
03-02-2006, 10:07 PM
Back in 1985 a large lawn care co. here in massachusetts was the # 1 complaint at the A. G. office. They would pull in ,throw a handfull of straight on the driveway, post an invoice and take off! They were history by spring 1986.



lol....gotta leave behind some evidence beans. I love it.

Killswitch
03-02-2006, 10:10 PM
Gotta Love ChemLawn. Somehow they sign up more customers than they piss off... dunno how though..

They buy as many clients from us as they sell through pressure tactics and shameless techniques.

Honestly....in my area of sotheastern Michigan....theres small local players like myself trying to earn a living, and Tru Green. Theyve bought everything of any size except for Scotts.....and Im not convinced they are serious about this market.

Rayholio
03-02-2006, 10:36 PM
They 'bought' them? Like buying out the companies, to get the customers? I've heard of them doing that to chains.. but never with successful 'local' business's

dwc
03-02-2006, 10:52 PM
here is the link. Click on "lawn treatment trouble" under top video.
http://kfor.com/global/category.asp?c=67438

Probably promoted the guy to sales manager! :)

Killswitch
03-03-2006, 01:26 AM
They 'bought' them? Like buying out the companies, to get the customers? I've heard of them doing that to chains.. but never with successful 'local' business's


Common practice at Tru Green. Have a special Aquisitions Department in Memphis.

Ive seen them buy as few as 100 customers many times, and larger companies.

Hell.....The nucleus of the company is the four largest lawn care companies on the planet all absorbed by Tru Green if you know the history.

Killswitch
03-03-2006, 01:32 AM
here is the link. Click on "lawn treatment trouble" under top video.
http://kfor.com/global/category.asp?c=67438

Probably promoted the guy to sales manager! :)

Oh thats hilarious. Watch closely at the end when the infobabe is done talking they go back to the stiff and theres a big pot leaf on screen behind him......obviously the next stories about weed.

lol

Rayholio
03-03-2006, 02:02 AM
Heheh This is great! I might have to post a link to that story on my web site Heheh

Tscape
03-03-2006, 08:07 AM
Wait a minute. 15-25 minutes to fert a 4000 sq ft. lawn? I don't think so. 5-7 is more like it. Then again I have a z-spray. But that is setting up unrealistic expectations to say 25 minutes. Man, I can do an acre in 25 minutes.

turf hokie
03-03-2006, 08:44 AM
Wait a minute. 15-25 minutes to fert a 4000 sq ft. lawn? I don't think so. 5-7 is more like it. Then again I have a z-spray. But that is setting up unrealistic expectations to say 25 minutes. Man, I can do an acre in 25 minutes.

I was thinking the same thing. Even if you pushed and then went back with a backpack I can't see spending that mcuh time on the lawn.

He spent the right amount of time on the property.....he just spent it talking to the office about how he just made 30 bucks for a lawn sign.

I have an ad in the paper for a spray tech and let me tell you.....this scares the poop out of me. Quality help just doesn't seem to be around any more.

nocutting
03-03-2006, 09:07 AM
Tonight on local TV station KFOR (NBC), there was a report of a unhappy homeowner. His home security camera shows the chemlawn van pull up in front of the house, the driver gets out, while on his cell phone. The driver walks around the yard for a couple of minutes before putting a Chemlawn sign in the yard, and a bill on the door. Then drives off without doing anything at all.

LOL

Chemlawn responded by firing the guy immediatelly, and calling it an isolated incident.
Hello all, [ not defending chemlawn by any means], but after I sign a new prospect, I let them know that if I'm in the neighborhood to expect me to just pop-over, at anytime, anyday, drivein any vechical.........Yup that coulda been me........how many times have I visited a clients property just for a quick Look around, [ on my cell phone]........left an invoice / work order, or nothing at all...........sometimes just to say Hello,, see if the lawn was wet,had another contractor been there, was the lawn cut properly,........I can think of Countless things...........But that Coulda Been Me:usflag:

Microbe
03-03-2006, 12:18 PM
Because your not the type to show up to somebodies house, specifically bill them for application of "Nematodes," if you never applied. The super UNPROFESSIONAL DORK WITH HIS PANTS HALF OFF HIS ASS AND WEARING A WINTER HAT, I could see doing something like that, but not you, nor myself! I have never billed for something I have not done... even lawn maintenace... if the lawn is short or drying or whatever, I just don't bill... I"m working on a contract so I get paid regardless, but I"M kinda stuck... Also about contracts for the DEC... It seems that nobody can truely help me write up a LEGAL CONTRACT... seems like 90% of all applicators use contracts which are half legal if you know what I mean. lol...

HEY ANYBODY HELP ME WITH A PROFESSIONAL DEC CONTRACT? pretty please lol... :usflag:

Microbe
03-03-2006, 12:23 PM
I mean seriously, if I was the owner of a nice home and I hired a service to come and take care of my property and "that," poped out the truck I'd be very dissatisfied. I'm not racist people and its not about that. If anybody got outta a landscaping truck, especially a LAWN SPECIALIST looking like that I'd say BYE BYE faster than he could unload his spreader. Its amazing how "easy," it is to sell somebody with the write tounge, doing the work you sold is another matter. Man I should be a freak'n millionare by now lol!:hammerhead: :hammerhead:

Rayholio
03-03-2006, 12:45 PM
Word.

Hehehe Yea, I agree.. as an employer, the least you can do is require that your employees look responsible. who's gonna take that guy seriously? How did he even get hired?

Tscape
03-03-2006, 10:10 PM
I was thinking that the thing he was looking at off the side of the driveway was something that he probably thought about stealing, not a case of fusarium blight.

befnme
03-04-2006, 02:16 AM
I was thinking that the thing he was looking at off the side of the driveway was something that he probably thought about stealing, not a case of fusarium blight.

now thats messde up man...:laugh: but i like it .he just looks like the kind of guy that wants to get paid for no work,.....

Microbe
03-04-2006, 06:18 PM
He took a quick look to make sure nobody was HOME LOLOLOL! Then billed LOLOLOLOL.... Sorry but just had to say it.... Nice hat though! What is it like 75 degrees were he was? Hey I love wearing heavy long johns, winter hat, gloves, and ski pants when its 80 degrees, you guy's agree LOLOLOLOL..... absolutly pathetic..... a true disgrace for the lawn specialist's reputation as a professional.;)

Green Dreams
03-05-2006, 11:53 AM
This happens alot due to the number of stops these guys are required to do.

"You can get 'er done now or do it on Saturday."

Green Dreams
03-05-2006, 12:06 PM
Oh and... I see their guys looking like that...shirt untucked, hat (nascar?) turned backwards....alot!

whiteslawnservices
03-05-2006, 12:31 PM
yes I have about 20 customers or people call me out to sod there yard because its dieing i ask who does your fertilization:nono: chem-lawn was there i have a neighbor who had chem-lawn come out spreyed and literally killed her yard down to dirt if you stomped your foot dust/dirt only so i had gave her new sod to put down zoyza .she fired them but they did bring her some sod from Arkansas sod 1 pallet i threw it away, it was dead and Grey. as usual smiles:hammerhead:

vegomatic40
03-09-2006, 06:56 AM
I know it probably looks like I am "splitting hairs" but any resemblance that Trugreen has to the orginal Chemlawn Services Co. is purely coincidental. It's no accident that Trugreen retained the right to use the logo of the once competent industry leader. They were fully aware that if, after purchase of the company they simply showed up and said "Hi, we are Trugreen, you're new lawn care company via a gigantic aquisition" customers would have canceled at even a higher rate. The original intent was (per industry insiders) to gradually reduce the size of the print in logos of the word "Chemlawn." But, after a few years of the current business practices and several demograhic/marketing studies they decided that it would be suicide to drop the good part of the name. This is akin to Coca-Cola being bought out by Fred's Delicious Soda! and then dropping the name. As others said in other posts...Chemlawn is long dead and gone. The imposter unfortunately remains.

Killswitch
03-09-2006, 07:37 AM
Hearing them answer the phone....Barefoot by Tru Green Chemlawn can I help you for six months was funny.

If they had to or wanted to use every company name that theyve bought the name would be ten minutes long.

somo1
03-09-2006, 09:23 AM
Hearing them answer the phone....Barefoot by Tru Green Chemlawn can I help you for six months was funny.

If they had to or wanted to use every company name that theyve bought the name would be ten minutes long.

In response to TGCL buying companies, thats how Scotts got into lawnservice also. Its not a bad idea. Yes a local mom and pop lco, sold out to TG last year after he asked me to buy him, they paid dollar for dollar. Can you blame anyone? If I was wanting out of the business I'd take the most money I can get also. What I mean by $for$ is, they paid him what his gross sales were. I think he had about 400 customers and got around $150K. Not bad.