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Old 10-23-2011, 12:39 PM
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Is your area full of low quality commercial work?

Businesses, home owners association green belts and perimeters. Generally it seems that the quality and attention to detail is fairly low....ok painfully low.

Clippings blown all over walking paths or street and stay there [they donít own blowers or donít care], looks like a mowed hayfield and not just on rainy days. Lawn edging that is scalped [summer burned] and tapered down to ZERO like a Marine Corps haircut with a touch of moss combined with a nodule of grass that could easily be removed with even vertical edging with a string trimmer.

When round-up is used it looks excessive and miss applied. Weeds growing up in the cracks of the side walks and gutters....?

I would have to say that easily 60% to 70% of the commercial work is in this range... in my area. It might be just be me but thatís the way I see it.
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:53 PM
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they get what they pay for and a lot of them really don't want to pay anything.
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:40 PM
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It is hard to make assumptions without pictures to conclude your thesis. In today's market of increasing fuel prices and labor costs, you are going so see crappy quality work using high dollar materials. Simple as that!
Customers are already asking me for cutbacks to already simple lawns where money cannot be cut...........? No mulching or bagging then! So in essence they are getting what they want and with the best of quality you can perform for the money.

The mindset of the new generation of customers is..........."What can I get more of for less!" To satisfy the demand for services, newer LCO's have bastardized the services us old timers used to charge more for! This is the simple truth!!
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:45 PM
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they get what they pay for and a lot of them really don't want to pay anything.
I agree 100%. They choose the lowest bid and it shows...
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:20 PM
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I see this all the time. Grass between cracks ect. Even the ones that do get paid well are lacking detail. They just dont care. They get it mowed and go. Some in the business dont even like cutting grass. They just want the money. You got 2 like what you do.
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:14 PM
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they get what they pay for and a lot of them really don't want to pay anything.
Too add income has dropped 10% over the last four years.

Many can't afford and have to cut back. Easy to cut back lawn care. Not so easy when the utilites want to cut off the electric gas oil water phone.
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:25 PM
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I have that problem in my area some "professional landscapers" here don't even edge so I'm just starting and pretty much have to be dirt cheap to get any clients and I do a better job than most well established company's here
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Old 10-24-2011, 12:47 AM
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Biggest thing I have noticed in area is really bad rutting issues. Guys using Z's on long and more narrow sections of the property where they are really only able to cut in one direction due to a bank/hill or something. Areas that should be mowed with a walk behind and altering stripe directions each week, which would take a lot longer, but is the proper way to do it.
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:07 AM
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A lot of what it is, I think it's people who see the potential profit bit don't really ev atleast in my area en know the proper way to mow
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:00 AM
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A whole bunch in Tampa and its all now called Valley Crest. We had 2 major players get bought out by them and now they took bankrupt Villas accounts too.
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