Times when you say, REALLY?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by wegomow, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. wegomow

    wegomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 389

    This post is to share things clients have said to you that you know are pure nonsense.
    A new client had poison ivy growing up 2 trees. The vine at the base was as thick as my wrist. I told him I could kill it by cutting the vines all the way through at the base. He said "the last lawn maintenance man he had did that and it grew back together", I said.... "REALLY?" :rolleyes:
     
  2. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,304

    If hes afraid of that make 2 cuts about half a foot apart and use a flat shovel to knock out the middle part. No chance of that growing back. And good luck on that job no matter what precautions I take I always seem to get poison ivy if I mess with something like this.
     
  3. wegomow

    wegomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 389

    THANK YOU! I was not looking for advice, I was looking to hear stories. :)
     
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    Actually I've had that happen. You need to make 2 cuts and remove a section of it.

    I had a customer who wanted me to plant poison ivy to grow up a trellis on the side of their house...the birds like the berries. There is a native plant nursery in my area that actually propagates poison ivy...yes really.
     
  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    Oh, I've got one. I got fired by a lawn care customer for doing too good of a job. The place was kind of neglected and after maintaining it for a couple of months and doing a little extra each time I got it looking at least presentable. They were concerned that it looked too good and that it would cause their town tax assessement to go up and cost them more money on their property taxes. OK...so you want me to do a crappy job...that's a new one, lol.
     
  6. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,660

    Mowed a customer yard back in the 90's that didnt want any weedeating done or blowing. Will pay you the same money and come on every other Monday at such and such time. Was paid in cash, asked one day why he didn't want it completely done. Well his wife knew he would never do that and she is gone on Mondays and she never knew he paid someone else to do it. The previous LCO would end up weedeating when he wasn't there and his wife was very suspicious.
     
  7. wegomow

    wegomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 389

    Property taxes go up based on because the yard looks too good! REALLY! :laugh::laugh:
     
  8. wegomow

    wegomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 389

    Taking credit where credit wasn't due. That's a good one!
     
  9. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 976

    Had a customer a while back who had a problem with rats that were eating his oranges, so he put a bunch of snap traps in the orange tree. If memory serves me right, he tied the traps to the tree with fishing string.
     
  10. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,187

    lol That relationship wont last!
     

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