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Old 04-25-2013, 11:13 AM
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dog poop

we had this customer for 2yrs he always paid on time and was nice. He has a decent size fenced in yard and there is dog poop EVERWHERE. Last time I counted 36 piles and 10 of those where fresh. I have no choice but to run them over with the mower. Then the mower is full of poop and my boots are too. Trust me this guy isn't the type that would go out and pick it up. Should I charge him more? Or bite my tongue?
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:15 AM
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Charge the heck out of him or drop him. Why work in crap if you don't have to. Or charge more and pick it up before hand
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:41 AM
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if you can stand it, drop them. what i do with these people that leave their dog poop in the yard, dog toys, childrens toys, water hoses, and things like that is I ask them once or twice to pick it up, then after that if it continues, I fire them. I got better stuff to do than pick up that crap.

Remember, your a lawn service, not a maid service. Customers can sometimes get us confused and think that we are a "clean up crew". No, we show up and mow the grass and clean up clippings, limbs, moss and sticks. Not toys, mcdonalds bags, beer cans and what not. You need to remind people that sometimes.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:15 AM
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if you can stand it, drop them. what i do with these people that leave their dog poop in the yard, dog toys, childrens toys, water hoses, and things like that is I ask them once or twice to pick it up, then after that if it continues, I fire them. I got better stuff to do than pick up that crap.

Remember, your a lawn service, not a maid service. Customers can sometimes get us confused and think that we are a "clean up crew". No, we show up and mow the grass and clean up clippings, limbs, moss and sticks. Not toys, mcdonalds bags, beer cans and what not. You need to remind people that sometimes.
You in the wrong field of work then
Im not a maid service I don't go in homes I'm a lawn service and anything that's in the lawn you should pick up. That's why they hired you to do so.
Dog poo is a good thing fert the lawn grass grows.

If you wont pick up the trash why even bother to pick up the limbs, that doesn't make sense.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:13 PM
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Dog poo is a good thing fert the lawn grass grows.
Are you saying dog poop is a natural fertilizer?
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:36 PM
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Are you saying dog poop is a natural fertilizer?
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I didn't say it was a natural fert its a fertilizer that does makes grass grow
tall Fescue can handle it but KBG and Rye Cant take it burns it.
What I seen around here.
But Dog pee is very hard on things.
Cat poo is harder on the grass then Dog poo.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:07 AM
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I didn't say it was a natural fert its a fertilizer that does makes grass grow
tall Fescue can handle it but KBG and Rye Cant take it burns it.
What I seen around here.
But Dog pee is very hard on things.
Cat poo is harder on the grass then Dog poo.
Yes your right, my mistake. You didn't say it was a natural fertilizer, but might as well have. Its not good for the grass, it doesn't make it grow, and its not fertilizer...I have a tall fescue lawn at my personal house and live on a corner, and get a lot of dog owners that don't like to pick up after there mutts and it kills the grass along with female dog pee.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:05 PM
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Dog poop is actually pretty bad for the lawn. As bad or worse for lawns than dog pee.

The nutrient content is too concentrated.
The nitrogen content is too high the same reason dog pee burns the grass.
Let alone the e coli, hookworm and other bacteria.

The reason why parks want people to pick up their dog poop isn't only because it's gross to step in, it's the runoff into the streams and ponds or lakes parks have. Poop from 100 dogs over a 3 day period can effectively close the water for swimming or fishing.

The EPA has even listed dog poop as a dangerous pollutant, even in the same category as hazardous chemicals and oil.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:20 PM
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Dog poop is actually pretty bad for the lawn. As bad or worse for lawns than dog pee.

The nutrient content is too concentrated.
The nitrogen content is too high the same reason dog pee burns the grass.
Let alone the e coli, hookworm and other bacteria.

The reason why parks want people to pick up their dog poop isn't only because it's gross to step in, it's the runoff into the streams and ponds or lakes parks have. Poop from 100 dogs over a 3 day period can effectively close the water for swimming or fishing.

The EPA has even listed dog poop as a dangerous pollutant, even in the same category as hazardous chemicals and oil.
I know how bad it is for kids and the environment and ALL the diseases that come with the crap. I was just wondering if Snyder thought it was ok....
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:16 PM
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You in the wrong field of work then
Im not a maid service I don't go in homes I'm a lawn service and anything that's in the lawn you should pick up. That's why they hired you to do so.
Dog poo is a good thing fert the lawn grass grows.

If you wont pick up the trash why even bother to pick up the limbs, that doesn't make sense.
Maybe i should have been more clearn. If there isn't an overwhelming amount of trash, i will pick it up and think nothing of it. The occasional beer can or garden hose left out, childrens toy is okay. However, if they have a bunch of items in the yard, i will still pick it up in order to do my job. I then tell the customer or write a note on the invoice: "Please pick up so and so next time please".


If I come back the next week and its all strung out in the yard again, I will either drop them or charge them or tell them that I will charge them next time, which ever i feel like doing, its at my discretion.

If there are a bunch of limbs out in the yard from a storm that will take more than 10 or 15 minutes to pick up, I will have to let the customer know before i start that i will have to charge him a little extra to get the sticks up.

If every single one of my clients did that and it cost me 10 extra minutes a yard, i would lose 1 1/2 hrs in a day! that's enough time to do two or three average lawns. that would be about 100 bucks!

Time is money, and im not gonna lose money on a client that never picks up his trash. I can be somewhere else making the same money I'm making at his. There is too much business for me to be wasting money having me and my worker clean up the clients mess that's strung out all over the place, in order to do our jobs.
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