I feel threaten by other landscapers..... Please read even though its long

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by soloscaperman, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
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    I am getting a lot of lawns in this new development where the homes go for $800,000 + I can't help that my lines are straight, I edge near the curb and beds with my trimmer and cleanup the curbs and roads.

    The problem is that I am "stealing" work from this same guy and I have notice on the new lawns beer bottles smashed on the side of the road and in the grass, garbage, etc. I got a new one a few days ago just because I mowed grass that was 3 feet tall because the town or the builder never mowed it and all the people in that area smiled and gave me a thumbs up. Well this guy walks far from his house and looks at me and says your "HIRED" and says can you start this week. He says that I see you work hard and I can tell you work hard and like doing your job. He said you know that no one would mow this area not even for $150, I mowed prolly about 40 by 200 with my new mower and it didn't even bog and didn't leave clumps.

    I feel that landscapers in that area hate me I got 6 more in that area and the lawn I "stole" is from a nice guy that always waives at me and his mexican workers. When the other company that I took like 4 of his which I now have about 12 homes in the same street gives me a dirty look like I'm gonna kill you and saw his red truck near my house awhile back and thats when I felt threaten. he parked 3 homes down and just sat there spyin at me and my house.

    All of the homes that I got were word of mouth from one guy.
     
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  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
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    #uck em.

    Seriously....who cares, it's part of the game.

    If your winning over work / accounts because of your work and not your prices...then that's awesome and something we all strive for.

    It's a different story if your price is below the market rate.
     
  3. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
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    My prices are about the same or $5 cheaper
     
  4. THC

    THC LawnSite Silver Member
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    You ever see that Sopranos' episode with the "Lawn Boys"?

    Better watch yourself :laugh:
     
  5. Tinkerer

    Tinkerer LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you were really threatened you have every right to call the cops. There is this psycho that I run into now and then. Its a long story but I went to the cops about him last fall. He even showed up last year at the farm I store my equipment at. The owner of the farm doesn't tolerate tresspassers and carries a gun with in his truck. If I see this psycho on his farm again I have permission to call 911 and report this guy as a tresspasser to the police.
     
  6. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Call your mom.

    Seriously don't worry about it its part of the game.
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  7. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    your not even close to charging enough................
     
  8. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
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    smile and wave to him, it makes things more fun and shows youve got a set
     
  9. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
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    That's the best approach. Give him a little toot on the horn if he doesn't see you. Or next time you see him spying on you, walk right over, smile, introduce yourself, shake his hand. I do that stuff all the time, and I'm no tough guy.
     
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Uh oh, me thinks it could be someone's lowballing.
     
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