i need a new lawn guy, my current guy stinks!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Feb 7, 2004.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    well, the question is, would you tell her? or just take the job, and tell her later? here's the scene: lady calls, says she needs a new lawn guy, her current guy is no good. everything is fine, except for the fert program. you see, her lawn is always the last to get nice and green in the spring, and the first to lose its color in the fall. so i scurry my chubby little azz over there, and what do i see? well, you experienced guys know exactly what i saw. thing is, she has not a clue, and apparently her lawn guy doesn't either, or he would have explained it to her. should i take the job, and explain to her later why this happens? or should i tell her now, and risk the possibility of her keeping the current service. after all, it's not his fault.
  2. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 952

    Well, she may have not ask him why her lawn is this way? If he has the ability to make fert applications then he has to know diifferences between warm season vs cool season grasses. Unless he is applying products illegally. I would level with her. Then if she still keeps you then fine but at least you were up front with her.
  3. Norm Al

    Norm Al LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,227

    why would you tell her or anybody else YOUR trade knowledge,,,,,knowledge and experiance are the 2 things you have to sell (anybody can mow grass),,,,,,,,so go sell it!
  4. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,925

    I am backing Norm Al on this one. If customers had the knowledge to do there own, then why would they pay us what they do to do a job a monkey can do.
    Labor is the easy part of the game. Acquiring all the knowledge of different scenarios the lawn, bushes,trees and such can go through and how you can correct for a more aesthetic look is what they pay us for.

    Sell it to her then explain why hers is the last to green up and first to go dormant. then sell her a cool season grass over seed every winter.
  5. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,410

    Id tell her now as a sample of what a real lawncare pro can offer versus a moron that cant tell warm season or at least inform her. Bet you can get a lawn install of cool season out of her. Good money this time of year
  6. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,332

    You didn't pay good money and sweat equity in your biz to give away advice did you?Me either, I'm with these guys...Sounds good to me..and now...girls on trampolines!!!

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  7. mower_babe

    mower_babe LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 790

    I think you should tell her and your honesty and charming personality will win her over and you will be her lawn guy - because you impressed her with your vast knowledge and professionalism. :rolleyes:
  8. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    I would agree with Babe but it just don'y seem natural to do so.

    Oh heck she's right. Your a winner with that charming personality

  9. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,900

    Any time you can add to your clientele list, your helping yourself out. But why didn't you first give Rod a courtesy call and/or better educate him on how to keep his clients. At this rate, the poor old guy won't have any clients left.;)
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    LMAO...Td, you're a p***er head btw. That was good I must admit. Ya got me there...

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