A Disturbing Trend in the Green Industry

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Smallaxe, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
    Posts: 555

    I don't do it anymore but when I first started that's how I did it, most of the smaller companies in Delaware still do it that way. Now I mail out postcards to my zipcode.

    -Michael
     
  2. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    .....that was another example of a governmental rule that should have never hsd time spent on it....

    Too many other important things to worry about...
     
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    So I guess that is the confirmation I expected... it IS what America has become...

    I hear,,, justification,,, becuz we HAVE to do it,,, to keep FOOD on the table...

    I don't buy it... I say it's a cheap shot and that we ,,, as Americans,,, build business on Truth in Service and Integrity, Over All...

    Just my 2 cents... :)
     
  4. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    So that makes someone a dirtbag? Putting a flyer on a mailbox?

    Move along, nothing to see here!

    Hardly the indicator of sociatal decline that i expected to see uncovered .

    You prob. Jay walk several times a day....breakdown of society? Hardly...
    Go after the scumbags cheating the little ol ladies!
     
  5. trooper8870

    trooper8870 LawnSite Member
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    Here's some dishonesty for you. This was done by one of the upper crust lawn maintenance providers in my area. In his contract to a restaurant chain, he figured in 6 chemical treatments per year but only sprayed them twice. I imagine this is the type of dishonesty one would be talking about.
     
  6. chuacro

    chuacro LawnSite Senior Member
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    I support this site 100%. Yeah you get a few bad apples from time to time. All you have to do is asked the experts and they will give you honest help. I appreciate Richard Martin, Lifetree and many others over the past 5 years. I had David Henderson I think was in South Carolina spend alot of time on the computer and phone to help me with my walker mower. Just ignore the idiots and just look at comments from the experts.
     
  7. Toro 455

    Toro 455 LawnSite Member
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    I think you're confusing professionalism (not being an amature) with
    al·tru·ism
    [al-troo-iz-uh m]

    noun
    1.
    the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others ( opposed to egoism ).


    I'd say the average LCO behaves in a respectable manner because his name is on the side of the truck. And a whole lot better than the examples we're getting from corporate America.

    Pharmaceudical companies that kill people.
    Peanutbutter companies and vegetable growers that poison people.
    Banks that steal your money.
    Phone companies that pad EVERYONE's bill.
    Corporate raiders that stage hostile takeovers just to rip off fat pension funds.
    And a government that gives them license to do it!

    So no, I don't think that's the way America is doing business now. I think they've been at it for quite a while.

    Personally I am proud to have some dirt under my fingernails. Honest work for honest pay kind of thing. I think the average LCO sets the standard for integrity in business.
    I believe that's why there are so many small independent LCO's. That the lawncare business hasn't been swallowed up by corporate America like so many other industries.

    I take pride in putting a little altruism in my professionalism. I think most of us do.
     
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't know how your flyers even became an issue in the purpose of the original post , let alone the OBVIOUS 3 examples...
     
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree, that contracting for 6 applications , then only spraying twice is a way of ripping people off...
    I do not know if there is a valid reason in TN to contract for 6 apps and that is not within my field,,, but I can say that in WI, the very idea of contracting 4 or more fert apps IS a rip-off, and a polluter...
    It is just as bad, and just as obvious as the charge of a new muffler bearing added to the invoice from your mechanic...

    When I watched the "Pros" walking around spraying burnt up lawns, I figured the only thing they should have in those hoses was distilled water, but in fact it was a fungicide because the lawn didn't look healthy during the drought... :)
     
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    The drugs advertised on TV,,, LIST all the side effects plainly and obviously... Stupid dope heads CHOOSE to consume them...

    I'd like to see the local LCO be as obvious with their game... "WARNING: The granules on your Lawn, when the ground is frozen,,, will NOT be of any value to the Turf"
    The side effects of this application MAY include,,, nitrates in the water supply... :)
     

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