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geoscaper
12-13-2004, 11:32 PM
What types of jobs do you do that you would just assume not do. I talk to guys who plow snow , but would just assume not plow. They plow for the extra $, keep guys busy, part of maintenance contracts,etc and so on. Same go's for mowing, mulching , pruning, etc. What type of work would you just assume forget about, but you still take on this type of work?

TURF DOCTOR
12-13-2004, 11:42 PM
Anything with a chainsaw.

hole in one lco
12-13-2004, 11:46 PM
plowing is ok but the side walks is what i hate

GLADULANDSCPING
12-13-2004, 11:51 PM
i hate doing wet leaves iin december...too cold, would like to go from mowing to plowing!!

olderthandirt
12-14-2004, 12:28 AM
Anything that invovles pysical activity!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mac

Lawnchoice
12-14-2004, 01:02 AM
i hate doing wet leaves iin december...too cold, would like to go from mowing to plowing!!


Exactly how I feel. Leaf season when the weather is raw and rainy is the worst!

JKOOPERS
12-14-2004, 01:05 AM
trimming bushes at an apartment complex that takes 4 guy 7 days

Bray
12-14-2004, 01:15 AM
Anything thorny.

specialtylc
12-14-2004, 01:19 AM
Anything residential.

geoscaper
12-14-2004, 05:31 PM
Turf doctor: I agree with about anything with a chainsaw. I'll leave that to the arborists. I use chainsaws strictly for cutting out old hedges with renovation work.

N.H.BOY
12-14-2004, 05:50 PM
Using a hand rake :sleeping:

tiedeman
12-14-2004, 05:54 PM
the three services that I hate are:
1. snow removal
2. spring clean up
3. tie: between pruning of trees and fall clean up

PMLAWN
12-14-2004, 06:04 PM
Pooper Scouper

lawnchopper
12-14-2004, 06:51 PM
spring cleanups, hate all the dust that gets kicked up and it seems like its always 90 deg when you do the biggest and dirtiest accounts

o-so-n-so
12-14-2004, 07:25 PM
Trimming shrubs in 90 degree + is my favorite thing to hate. :waving:

Norm Al
12-14-2004, 07:45 PM
anybody want to hire an ELECTRICIAN?

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bobcatnj
12-14-2004, 08:28 PM
weeding SUCKS

proenterprises
12-14-2004, 10:08 PM
weeding SUCKS

yes weeding does suck. somehow i ended up doing quite a bit of it this year. unless its in in shade with big weeds than NO THANKS

Kelly's Landscaping
12-14-2004, 10:30 PM
Ripping out sod and I hate design work I do not want to have to go though the mental block on that anymore. We want you to do a planting job ok what kind of plants do you want? We don't know you figure it out

Some may like being creative me I prefer production and efficiency I feel if you don't like something why the hell are you doing it. Hence instead of chasing planting jobs next year I will be cutting 250 lawn accounts instead.

Any one else have hedges that require you to stand on the top part of a 12-foot stepladder. And the hedge still comes up to your waste after you cut the damm thing which always seems to be wider then the 8 foot extension trimmers can reach after standing on both sides of the hedge. Perhaps that just me but I think I will put that one on my hate list as well.

Mo Green
12-14-2004, 10:35 PM
Going to the landfill to dispose of leaves or yard debris.

impactlandscaping
12-15-2004, 10:37 AM
Mr. Kelly hit the nail on the head. We scaled back on large installs this year. Too much time involved in designing large layouts with 4-6 repeat visits for finalization, and then 3-5 weeks on site. Give me a 2-3 day install, max. We are doubling up on mowing accounts next season as well. And the hedges, yep, we have 2 accounts that require a bucket truck to reach efficiently. They pay for it, but I still hate to do it. And barberrys, any yard we maintain that has barberry, I hate it...

brinlee lawn
12-15-2004, 10:45 AM
1.Weeding beds
2.Wet leaves in the fall

GreenMonster
12-15-2004, 10:47 AM
And barberrys, any yard we maintain that has barberry, I hate it...

ugh!! Yeah, what's worse Bill, pruning them, or trying to pull leaves out of them?!?! :angry: :realmad:

I say pulling the leaves out!

fga
12-15-2004, 10:53 AM
Mr. Kelly hit the nail on the head. We scaled back on large installs this year. Too much time involved in designing large layouts with 4-6 repeat visits for finalization, and then 3-5 weeks on site. Give me a 2-3 day install, max. We are doubling up on mowing accounts next season as well. ...
i'm on the the exact same page. I like even more the installs where i'm in and out in a day!

Q-Team Inc
12-15-2004, 11:11 AM
Any work involving barberries. I have one account that we do weekly maint. at that has 141 bushes. Its hell....

work_it
12-15-2004, 11:27 AM
Ditto with the barberry bushes. I've got to the point where I pass up work if it involves dealing with those or rose bushes. Have one customer that seems as if she doesn't want a plant unless it has thorns...call that a past customer...lol. :p

GreenMonster
12-15-2004, 11:29 AM
Ditto with the barberry bushes. I've got to the point where I pass up work if it involves dealing with those or rose bushes. Have one customer that seems as if she doesn't want a plant unless it has thorns...call that a past customer...lol. :p

Wow,

I guess everyone has the same feelings for Barberry. I DO like the color of their foliage, though.

They're getting hard to procure now in NH, as they are considered invasive species..... I guess that's a good thing, huh? :D

coastallandscapesolutions
12-15-2004, 11:40 AM
Anything that invovles pysical activity!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mac


Might want to re-think that one..... ANYTHING.... :cool:

65hoss
12-15-2004, 11:42 AM
I hate trimming shrubs.

impactlandscaping
12-15-2004, 12:08 PM
ugh!! Yeah, what's worse Bill, pruning them, or trying to pull leaves out of them?!?! :angry: :realmad:

I say pulling the leaves out!


Yeah, I really like getting stuck by a dry, brittle piece of barberry when doing mulch jobs, too..You know, when it's hidden in the mulch, and you grab a handfull... :realmad:

GreenMonster
12-15-2004, 12:13 PM
Yeah, I really like getting stuck by a dry, brittle piece of barberry when doing mulch jobs, too..You know, when it's hidden in the mulch, and you grab a handfull... :realmad:


:laugh: ooowww! yeah, that can happen pruning them too, I guess :cry:

Your mulch reference reminds me of another -- ever spread a load of mulch that had some poison ivy ground up in it? :realmad:

impactlandscaping
12-15-2004, 11:51 PM
[QUOTE=GreenMonster.....-- ever spread a load of mulch that had some poison ivy ground up in it? :realmad:[/QUOTE]


I got that beat...how about a 40 yd pile delivered with 3 copperhead snakes in it? I called the office back and asked them if they charged me correctly, and the secretary was stumped.I then told her they must have thrown in the 3 copperheads for free then..lol..They then found several more back at the yard...I hate snakes..... :realmad:

mtdman
12-16-2004, 12:08 AM
There's lots of stuff I don't do, and don't have a problem turning down. But mostly, bush trimming pisses me off the most and I just want to stop doing it.

ChadA
12-16-2004, 12:56 AM
I hate work period. But sitting on my rump doesn't pay the bills. LOL

HOOLIE
12-16-2004, 01:09 AM
Any work that involves the spreading of mulch is not high on my list. Especially if it has not been done for a number of years.

olderthandirt
12-16-2004, 03:06 AM
Might want to re-think that one..... ANYTHING.... :cool:
Yeah I hate doing it, don't mind laying back and letting her do it though :angel:

Mac

zmowingmaster
12-16-2004, 03:39 AM
removing old gravel out of beds, cleaning them, and then returning the gravel back after we pull off all the weed( just get rid of them and buy new :dizzy: )
i hate doing jobs for customers who don't even know what they want, they call for pulling weeds off ,and then they ask for cutting this branch, trimming that bush, and yeah ( they have a pile of leaves ready for you in the back yard) why then ask for only weeding, and what makes it worse is they don't like the price......that is why i keep on mostly mowing , my partner deals with them

Lux Lawn
12-16-2004, 03:50 AM
plowing is ok but the side walks is what i hate

1.I agree I am not to crazy about getting out to shovel it slows be down to much.
2.Weeding Beds.
3.Up and down on the ladder trimming bushes.

Soupy
12-16-2004, 03:59 AM
I would prefer to not do anything that includes leaves or gumballs. If I wasn't affraid of the next guy putting me out of business I would shut down as soon as the leaves start falling.

RICHIE K
12-16-2004, 07:30 AM
weeds

RICHIE K

www.kulakandcompany.com :blob3:

DSIM
12-16-2004, 10:40 AM
Shovel work (dirt)
leaf removal on my own yard
weeding beds ( prefer just to spray )
mowing in temps of 90-105
planting flowers, esp over 100 (talk about backache)

other than these, I love my job :)