This year is worse then I ever thought it would be. Every where you look someone is now mowing grass on the side here. Now I have no problem with competition, but in my area I would bet that 10% of the LCO's are even legal, insured, or report taxes on there work. These guys have really started to cut into our work not just on the residental market but now commercial. Their work looks like crap and it just makes our industry look like a joke. When I see there little ads posted on local websites, I'll ask them about being liscensed for pesticides or having insurance or being a liscensed landscaper and of course they never do. I don't really want to be a narc but at the same time I play by the rules and am fully legit so why should I lose business to some guy who cheats? I'm thinking of calling down to the county to complain. You would think they'd do something so they could make money off of the permits and property taxes. Sorry just pissed off right now and need to vent. Any ideas good or bad are appreciated.