Anyone ever been asked to care for a vegi garden?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by hotwater, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. hotwater

    hotwater LawnSite Member
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    Oh okay Will, thanks for your advice. And thanks to everyone else who commented.

    I spoke to the woman yesterday and told her that I'd have to pass on the upkeep of the garden, but I would be willing to give her advice. She was happy with that. She started asking about landscaping, so I'm glad I passed on the garden!
     
  2. terrapro

    terrapro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes we do that. In the spring we clean up the garden, rototill, ammend when needed, and set up the garden for the customer. Then we will do a cleanup in the fall.

    All the customers are different. Sometimes we plant the veggies after the spring prep and never come back. Sometimes we just do the prep. Sometimes we do it all and do monthly visits to help on upkeep and they take care of the rest.
     
  3. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    We start up veg gardens and regularly take care of a few just like we would with landscape. We get phone calls all the time about veg issues. We also open and close summer homes and winterize outdoor spas, shut down water features and blow out irragation and over winter water plantings and fish. I never charge a regular customer for phone call tech support.
     
  4. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
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    Charging for advice to the average h/o is not ethical in my book. It rubs people the wrong way and their are plenty of other guys who will talk for free. You could risk losing a customer over this.
     
  5. terrapro

    terrapro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What!? It is called consulting, I do it ALL the time. It is my intellectual property and I do not share that for free.

    Are you telling me that if a customer comes out to ask you something while you are on their time you stop the clock to talk?
     
  6. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    rut-row another lawnsite argument brewing
     
  7. hotwater

    hotwater LawnSite Member
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    I offered support for a fee before she became a customer. Now that I have her as a customer I'm not going to charge her. I couldn't do that for a short conversation.
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  8. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
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    A little bit of confusion here. I am talking about a brief 'phone' conversation pointing her to some websites and basic knowledge.

    Under certain situations is is very appropriate to charge a fee, and I do it all the time. However, not for a 3-5 minute phone talk.
     
  9. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    ring.... hello.... Hi That paver patio looks beautiful you guys did such a nice job thank you. I am calling about our tomatoes they are cracking as they ripen what could be wrong.....

    Well the most common cause for that is irregular watering mulch around the plants and keep evenly watered...

    Thank you so much your wonderful thank you.....

    that will be 17 dollars please.....
     
  10. Fine Gardens Landscaping

    Fine Gardens Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    Obviously it wouldn't make financial sense for her to do pay you lots of money to maintain her vegetable garden but the woman said money wasn't a problem. This sounds like an ideal customer. Why not tell her your hourly rate and give her an idea of how many hours a week you'll need to be there and let her decide if it makes sense for her financially.

    If she is interested in learning about gardening you could invite her to help you. Then she'll be capable of doing some of it herself and you could maybe drop to less frequent visits later if she's going to pitch in. You could also install an irrigation system at some point to do the bulk of the watering. Then visit a couple times a week and do some additional hand watering and tending to things.
     

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