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Lawn Cigars..Don't smoke these!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by impactlandscaping, Nov 24, 2003.

  1. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,332

    Just a quick question. Who charges extra for dog poop in the customer's yards? We changed our contracts last year because 75% of our customers have 1 to 4 dogs.I got tired of smelling dog poop in my trucks, on my guys , and on my expensive mowers. We reserve the right to clean the yard prior to mowing at $ 60.00 per hour, or to skip service that week, and make the customer responsible for high cut fees,etc. the following week. We also charge an "equipment cleaning fee" of $ 10.00 if it ends up in the tires too badly, or if it ends up on us. No one complained one bit, and some people are happy to pay an extra 30-60.00 per month in cleanup and equip. fees.You know, it's not like they don't know exactly what day we are mowing each week, and could sweep the yard for mines the day before. A little courtesy would be nice from some of these people, but we'll put up with it for the extra cash! Sorry had to get that outta my system.Curious to see the replies from everyone:D
  2. Rick Jones

    Rick Jones LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 427

    These people have lawn services because they don't want to work in their yards. That usually includes cleaning up after their pets. It doesn't come as any surprise that most leave the piles, but I agree with you, a little courtesy would be nice!
  3. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 599

    I tell my clients if I have to pick up dog debris everytime I am there there is and additional 5 to 10 dollars on the bill. It is also in my contract, this goes for people who have ten minutes worth of kid toys to pick and move around.

  4. A1 Grass

    A1 Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 330

    I don't do poo.
  5. Black Water

    Black Water LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 250

    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: Good one!
  6. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,925

    money money money money.
    80 per hour. average is only 10-25 a cut though. I have only 2 persons with dogs but they are more than happy to pay to have it picked up.
  7. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,454

    I'm with ya there. I can deal with a little poop as long it is not too much, but there is no reason for toys to be laying all over the place, week after week (especially ones you can't see, like spoons and iron horseshoes)!(as Blades of Steel pointed out) That's when it really turns into lack of respect.:nono:
  8. Jlwnsrvce

    Jlwnsrvce LawnSite Member
    Posts: 36

    Got smacked in the face with it for the umm-teenth time the other day with the trimmer. As I normally do,I'll find something to scoop up a fresh load and smear it on their doorstep. Tenant came out today and questioned me about it. I told him that I stepped on it. He apologized,and said he will try the best he can to have it all picked up. Perhaps he will be thinking about picking up his pets cigars more so now. 99% percent of my properties are rentals & most tenants can care less. Picking up dog sh*% is part of the responsibility of owning a dog in my opinion.
  9. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    There is a company called the Turdburglars that pick up the stuff. I'd drop their card.
  10. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,297

    unless its everywhere....just go around it and watch out when your trimming:eek:

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