I hate pulling weeds

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Yater, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 687

    I walked off of a job today. A regular $40/week customer wanted her beds weeded. I looked at the job and it would be an all-day effort to clean these things up. They appear to be overgrown from last year and the largest covers the length of the back fence...about 150' x 6'. The others are along fences, around trees, and against the house. The lady said it was a $50 job and that's what she'd pay. I left.

    Surely there's a better way to get these things in order?
  2. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    round-up. then cover it w/ new mulch or straw.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I hate it too but the part that always got me was the offers...
    It kills me, too...

    That to me is just the epitomy of this lawn 'boy' saga, there are some things don't phase me and there are other things I could care less if they do it to me, but pulling weeds by hand I absolutely can't do it either.

    Round-up works great, until you get into the plants.

    The only other way I know that works half-decent is for certain weeds use clippers and just cut them off near the soil (but it doesn't work for grasses). This works good in bushes like Azaleas that somehow get these tree-looking things growing up in there, just cut the stem near the dirt and pull it out, blam! Also good for certain thorny crap but watch your fingers lol.

    Chickweed IS easy, that stuff comes out almost all in one piece.

    Then there's certain types of chemicals such as Lontrel and Fusilade but the stuff costs like $90 a quart...
    I've even bought a quart of this garbage before then never really used any of it.

    But as for PULLING?
    I would do it for half price, maybe even 20-25 an hour, but I got to get something more than a cookie and a soda and a nice 'good little lawn boy' and minimum wage for this horse crap, sorry to hear about it but at least I feel a little better knowing I'm not the only one who feels that way about it.

    These folks got to realize some of us down and dirty slaves have our bs tolerance limits too lol
  4. zemzabob

    zemzabob LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 321

    Sounds like a lot of work.
  5. bobcatnj

    bobcatnj LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 687

    weeding and leaves are the two things i hate in this business. when it comes to weeding i drop 2 mexicans off and i leave because i cant stand it.
  6. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 799

    i cut the weeds low with the trimmer and the apply round up and then cover with mulch. works every time
  7. Daily Lawn/Landscape

    Daily Lawn/Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 694

    These are the money makers of the business and your turning it down? I would rather pull weeds all day than mow and trim. There's alot more profit in weeds.
  8. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 687

    I can deal with leaves because people are willing to pay for a "clean-up" and the improvement is worth it to them. With a good blower and a tarp, I can knock out a $200 cleanup in a couple of hours. No one wants to pay for something they "can do themselves". I say let them get out there and do it themselves. I'll offer this lady a mulch job and see if she bites. If not, I'm dropping her. She tries to haggle every time I price a job...but she always pays her $40/week on time.
  9. jrc lawncare

    jrc lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 420

    I'd walk too. I have clients we weed for, $50.00 per man hr......:):)
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,206

    Exactly correct and $50 would have covered that unless there was a bunch of little plants. And with the correct tools and dry weather you could have knocked the weeds out without roundup. We clean beds every day because and we have commericial accounts that can't use any chemicals. It is part of the business, seperates the men from the boys:weightlifter:

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