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Regulating Lawn Care

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by theturfboss, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. theturfboss

    theturfboss LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 47

    There are lots of post about LCOs that operate on a cash bases, pay employees cash, do not carry insurance, do not pay taxes, etc. Those of us who operate under a true business structure (legit) sometimes are disadvantaged in competition because there are some who do not follow the rules. I think you can lump non-insured, no tax payers, illegal employers in to one pile. The most regulated side of our industry deals with the application of fertilizers and pesticides. Truth be told, if you can simply pass a test and purchase insurance (at least in Indiana) you are licensed by the State and good to go. Even with these low level regulations, the shear number of LCOs that apply pesticides is a small fraction of the total companies in the industry. Is it because of the minimal regulations in place. I think so. Because of these regulations, most of the companies that are applying pesticides are working in a more professional manner (insured, pay tax, etc.).

    Why not enact minimal regulation on companies that only mow? For example, simply require them to carry insurance and have a Federal tax number. If you weed out the companies that do not have these, how many would this be? Would adding some minor regulation increase the standards in our industry? It could be policed in the same way as the pesticides are policed. I am not one who wants a tremendous amount of government involvement. If I have to pay taxes, carry insurance, report hiring date, etc., why shouldn't everyone else be held to the same standard?

    Food for thought.
  2. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    But didnt you say people still do pesticides without a license? It sounds like more govt bs while the others go on as usual. Why not just find something you have that they cant offer? I mean, cant you rise obove them? And what other industry begs for more government regulation? Think about it..........
  3. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    Won't work. It's like gun control... More laws equals more pain in the ass for the legitimate person. Those who are already breaking the rules will continue to do so.

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