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anyone ever do it like this?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    i was talkin to a total jackass yesterday, who has been mowing lawns full time for 22 yrs. he's bragging about how he bangs off 30 lawns and is home by 1:30. just him and a helper, 30 lawns in 5.5 hrs. then he goes on to tell me, he only wacks and edges every THIRD VISIT! that's right, the "trick is" , so he says, is to wack down to the ground one week, then u can skip the wacking the next 2 weeks! so, for two out of every 3 weeks he only runs the mower over the lawn and blows off the walkways. anyone do it like this?
     
  2. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,267

    No- If he is cutting the edges that short they have got to be brown and how his customers don't complain I don't understand.
     
  3. green with envy

    green with envy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 219

    HELL NO !!!

    I take pride in my work. I wouldn't do that at my house and I treat my customers like I'm doing my own yard.

    Mike
     
  4. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,297

    i cant imagine how he would be getting away with this for so long. im surprised the grass even comes back after he takes it down to the dirt.

    the closest thing ive ever done to that-i have a lawn where their is a small front yard and large open area with trees, slanting downhill in the back. i only trim those trees every other week. they dont grow much, and the owners never walk down their anyway.
     
  5. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    If he's going to do that why not just hit it with round up on the edges? I could see taking it down to the dirt for a ditch or something but not on a manicured lawn.
     
  6. Mico Landscaping design

    Mico Landscaping design LawnSite Member
    Posts: 238

    i have never done this.. how ever i have heard people doin that on big accounts that u cant really till now.. if that's what he want's to do hey more power to him..... but thats just wut i typed though ! :drinkup:
     
  7. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569


    Shoot mine would FIRE Me if I did that...LOL :cool2:
     
  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    wait a minute...how can they fire you, you are not employed by them. oh, oh, i see, you mean they could cancel service? ok. yea, talk about complaints, i been to his house, the answering machine is full at all times.
     
  9. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,374

    We have a few guys here that do that sort of thing. The thing is though that might only work in late summer or fall but in the spring/summer if you do that, the weeds would take over instantly on those heavily trimmed areas. No, I would never do that I trim every visit thats what i'm getting paid to do.
     
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  10. mbricker

    mbricker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 505

    I agree with all above--that is not high quality lawn maint.

    But the guy obviously has the type of customers who are not too concerned. If they are getting lesser service, probably he is charging lesser rates as well. That is all it takes to make some people happy.
     
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