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clients overwatering help!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by watatrp, Sep 11, 2003.

  1. watatrp

    watatrp LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 496

    I have a condo assoc. (46 homes) that I mow. Older folks, few with experience with a sprinkler system. They are overwatering. Most water everyday, some water twice a day. The grass can grow 6-8 per week. I've mowed this place for 8 years. In the past only a few over watered so no problem, catch a yard or two, use the blower. Now every house is the same. My price does not include catching the clippings. I have pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I won't be getting this account next year because they say that I am not doing a good job with all the clippings. I like to have my lawns look good and this is killing me. I can't convice them that overwatering is causing all these problems. Classic signs are, long stringy grass, yellow grass, soft ground, some areas the sod seems to be floating on quicksand. I would like to have some kind of information that will support my point that there is too much water being applied. What are the classic signs of overwatering? I hate to lose such a large account but they can't afford mowing every 3 days and I can't afford to catch the grass at the prices I have given them. Help!
  2. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,300

    go to the association and state your concern,otherwise sounds like your going to have to start charging for more then one cutting per visit..
  3. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Posts: 1,647

    Do a search on the internet for

    Cooperative Extension of your area. Find lawn care, specific watering. Print it out.

    Try Agricultural University web sites. They also have info regarding turf and watering

    Type a letter yourself, with the existing problems you are having.

    Pack yourself with a fair amount of solid information.

    Go to the association, not individual units. Set up a meeting with the officers of the association.

    Let them know you have been there 8 years and no complaints till know, spell it all out for them. Tell them how you are saving them money by not collecting the clippings and dumping them. Also that you're saving them money on less need for fertilizers and so on for the fact that you mulch the grass back in. Tell them everything.
  4. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,468

    I lost a 2400 dollar per month account trying to get them to stop watering. It was a church and cemetery the cemetery was being watered for 12 hrs per day every day. Even with water restrictions they chose to pay the fine rather than cutting back
  5. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,137

    I've got a client that waters every day, no matter what. The yard is ALWAYS soggy, some spots are so wet I have to wack it instead of mowing. I spoke to the guy, no good. In fact, he just installed a new sprinkler head in the wettest area of the yard! I am pretty much plannin on cutting him next year. Too bad, because I really like the guy. Just won't listen to me.

  6. Ed Ryder

    Ed Ryder LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 541

    I've got a ton of lawns like this, except the main problem isn't over-watering, it's over fertilizing! The end result is a crappy looking lawn. I don't have time to double cut all these lawns, blow, rake, haul away all this crap. @&%#! >: (
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    No one knows better, the watering needs of a lawn more than the person who doing the cutting and upkeep. EsPECially the tenants! This just goes show more proof on my earlier theory. Some people are just too STUPID to cut grass! Now, you can't tell THESE people that, because you are just a lowly ol' laborer, and they are the one living in "Ivory Tower Estates". Great advice was given here. Collect the info, take it to the board. Tell them if they want clipping taken care of that are CONSISTently like that just from overwatering, then it's going to cost extra. PLENTY!
  8. xpnd

    xpnd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 378

    Educate the customer(s). My best looking lawns are only watered once a week during the height of summer here in TX. Short, green and too much water are impossible.
  9. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,969

  10. nelbuts

    nelbuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW, FL
    Posts: 1,053


    Go to the board and tell them you will calibrate their systems for around $40 per home. Now get you a bunch of cans and go to work. Explain to them that their turf needs about 1" of water per week and that you will insure that they get that. Explain deep watering. You can make money on this as I do each winter.

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