View Full Version : Crap in the lawn
05-17-2000, 10:17 PM
Do you have customers that leave toys, hoses, balls, plant pots, etc, etc out in the yard every week??<br>How about the people that nit pick you about weed control in the lawn..... but pick weeds out the their flower beds and toss in the lawn. They a week later they call you "We have some weeds growing in the yard"<br>This just pisses me off!<br>Sorrry, I feel better.
Man,I can relate to this and hell yes it pisses me off. I`ve got one customer with two kids and everytime I go to cut the back yard it looks like a Toys Are Us exploded. That whole pick the weed and leave it on the lawn thing that people do is another thing I also hate.
05-17-2000, 10:52 PM
I think every one can relate to this problem at some point in thier career of lawncare.Thats one reason I went to an hourly rate for mowing,to recover the time required to pick up the lawn befor mowing.
05-18-2000, 12:42 AM
I can relate. I've got a customer who runs a daycare out of her house. Every time I mow I gotta move a ton of toys.
05-18-2000, 05:02 AM
Yeah, we've got them. But we have a couple of customers who seem to go out shopping, and whatever they buy ends up in the yard the next week. Whether it be toys, tools, drink containers, fishing poles, meat, boards, bags of mulch, it always ends up in the yard, and never in the same place :) I don't know what their major malfunction is, but the stuff just ends up in the yard. Hell, I found a cell phone in the yard a few moths back.
05-18-2000, 07:56 AM
as for the customers that complain about weeds growing in their beds, if our agreement doesn't cover weeds in the bed, it is an extra charge. and usually a good one.<p>for stuff like toys in the yard, since I walk behind the machine, if I can get one clear path around the yard, I start kicking things out of the way when I start the back and forth mowing. when I come near something, I just reachout and kick it behind me where I just mowed.<p>not very professional, you say? these people know when the grass cutter is coming and it's their job to pick up their things. not mine!<p>it's sorta like when the garbage man comes. he expects to empty the trash can outside--not to have to go into the house to get it.<p>what chaps me is when people throw stuff in the grass that you cant see. once I hit a 50 pound lead window weight. that was good for a new blade shaft!<p>GEO
05-18-2000, 11:28 AM
The only ones I have trouble with are some high $$$ people with absolutely no respect for what they have. Their kids leave balls, bats new gloves etc in the yard weekly, not to mention the batting cage. Any way the owner told me I was costing him a fortune in baseballs (I cut a few) - I replied that my rates just went up to compensate for the cost of blades. I still have to pick things up but I get paid better now. When I get done I place all the items across the driveway so THEY have to pick them up or run over them.
05-18-2000, 05:54 PM
Hey Getmow, thats a pretty agresive plan. But I like it. I figure if i'm picking up stuff,thats less time to spend on the lawn.Not a good thing. And if you hit somthing solid with a Walker,you can pretty much count on your blades being wasted. <p>----------<br>Bobby <br>Ft Lauderdale
05-18-2000, 06:02 PM
I have ran over a grill iron imbeded in the grass. people weed their beds and spread the weeds around for me to mulch the clogging crap. But i tellthem not to do that. Always Moving hoses and toys etc Some people are so inconsiderate
05-18-2000, 06:20 PM
I've run over some crap in the yards over the years. I agree the rich ones sure do leave some nice stuff laying around. What I hate is when they leave a steel rake laying in the lawns with the teeth up. Thats usually good for at least 3 holes in a tire, if not more.<p>----------<br><a href="http://pages.prodigy.net/eric.erickson/">Eric@ELM</a><br>
AGG Lawn Maintenance
05-18-2000, 08:23 PM
Happens to the best of us!!! I have a couple of people that leave toys in the yard.<br>One lawn we do they leave a green dog chain in the lawn thats smart huh!!! Last year we had a contract with a dog pound. That was fun land mines every where. Just today we had a customer leave her grawling dog in the yard. Needless to say we didn't weed her beds today. Or how about yards with gates? Why do people keep them locked the day you come to cut? How about Christmas lights in bushes that need to be pruned? Don't mean to ramble but what are people thinking? This by the way has all happened over the 13 years I have been doing this :)<br>Travis <br>AG&G Lawn Maintenance<br><p><font size="1">Edited by: AGG Lawn Maintenance
05-18-2000, 09:11 PM
I've run over just about everything. Try this: run over whatever it is and destroy it, then say "well I never even saw that lying there in the grass". I'll bet nothing gets left in the yard again.<br>Worst thing we ever hit in the lawn was a used condom. Luckily, it wasn't me that hit it... I didn't leave it there either. Just thought I should point that out.
05-19-2000, 01:24 AM
I think i have you all beat. I have one customer (T.P. Trash) that had the WORST lawn i had ever seen. I was feeling good after i had removed the 4 garbage bags full of garbage (cans, bottles, plastic spoons, etc) and 20 or so old tires. What i didn't notice though in the 10" tall grass was the drive line buried with only one end sticking out about 4 inches or so. KLANG!<p>Klang is not a good sound. Money going down the drain often sounds very, very similar to this. Her lawn was 35$ a week from then on. It was really only worth 20 if she had kept it even remotly clean. I wish she only had gloves and bats.<p>What about the customers that have the dog that goes through the garbage and chews everything and spreads it all over the place. I had that just today. The guy was looking out the window at me. I think he expected me to pick it up. I pointed to it all (99% paper products) and he shrugged and smiled. I smiled back and proceded to "Mulch" it for him. Wonder if he will get the point. hehe.<br>Have a good day ya'll
05-19-2000, 08:45 AM
As we only do commercial mowing we don't have<br>much of a drama with that sort of thing.<br>The tractor slashing is a different story.<br>ANYTHING that is left on the ground gets <br>shredded.Only thing that dammages my gear is<br>heavy steel and concrete.I hit a car axle the<br>other day and bent it like a banana.No blade<br>damage.If people are too lazy to clean up after themselves then they get toys,furniture<br>car parts,ect destroyed. If they complain,<br>then tough ****.<p>Karl<br>
05-19-2000, 11:15 PM
This one lady I used to mow had a Dalmation dog, and one day it died. But instead of buring it, she just left the dead dog in the middle of the back yard. So for the next few months I just weedeated around it. I finally asked her about it and she said she just wanted to leave it there. Very weird lady....
05-20-2000, 12:24 AM
Don't get mad - get paid. We call it "policing the grounds charge." On our commercial customers it is automatically added to their contract.
05-20-2000, 01:47 AM
Geez that dog would have to stink after a <br>while.Isn't that a health hazard?<p>Karl<br>
05-20-2000, 07:38 AM
Toys and Trash are one thing,, what about the mother that will bring out her 2 yr old child cause he wants to watch the Lawn Mower Man mow the grass??? This is dangerous, especialy in a small back yard. I have tried to explain that I don't want the child to get hurt by anything that may be kicked out from under the mower or by the trimmer. But you know how some Mothers are, and they say thier child isn't SPOILED. I mow the adjoining lawns, that gives this Mother time to pick up the Toys. If they aren't picked up by the time it is he turn, I load up and leave. She got the message real quick. And regularly picks up the Yard before I arrive now.
05-20-2000, 09:12 AM
I wouldn't do a lawn even close to where children are playing. That kids mother would string you up in a tree if something happen to that child. Just be forceful and tell her the kids gotta go
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