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need advice with a client

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by oakhillslandscaping, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. oakhillslandscaping

    oakhillslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 643

    i have a client with a fairly decent sized lawn, its a commercial account its a gym so tons of people go there every day and see my work, and my concern is cause the owner is cheap she is shutting the water off to the irrigation about a week ago and the lawn is already head for the color brown and i dont want my work looking like this for the next three months before it starts to snow and i dont have time to water it myself nor do i have a tank that can hold that much water what should i do????
  2. mississippiturf

    mississippiturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 674

    Unless the owner agrees to irrigation, about all you can do is get the word out as best you can that the owner's decision to stop irrigation was the cause of the yard going brown.
  3. Lawn Pawn

    Lawn Pawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from zone 3
    Posts: 568

    If you could convince this client it indeed was in their best interest to keep the property looking nice up till the snow..... they may turn the water back on.

    Sounds like a good example of penny wise pound foolish thinking on their part.
  4. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,388

    Where is this gym your 1/2 way between mu office and home. I live in Nashua and work out of westford.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Why not cut back on the mowing, I'd personally like to thank the owner for saving money,
    seeing how we're headed for the worst depression since the Great Depression of 1930.
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,192

    You are worried about nothing.....you mess around with the customer and you will lose the account.
  7. oakhillslandscaping

    oakhillslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 643

    this was my first commercial account ever back three years ago and the owner is a very nice woman and this is the first year she shut the water off early because of the towns water price which i totally understand the only problem is that its going to make me look bad now and it gets a lot of attention according to her guys come in all the time trying to take the account but she says no whether thats true or not i dont kno

    AI Inc that building is global fitness center in tyngsborogh
  8. RLS24

    RLS24 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,601

    I'd just say something to the effect of "just to bring it to your attention, you really should continue to water the lawn through the fall. The grass could really benefit from the watering and it will keep it healthy through the rest of the season. It will keep that thick texture and rich green color you've been seeing all summer." basically focus them on the positives of watering and then they will forget why they stopped watering in the first place
  9. gorknoids

    gorknoids LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 316

    Mow the brown stuff. It's his problem.

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