So this new prospect emails me to do an estimate for mowing his property. It's a fairly small lot, so I bid $30.00 a cut. He emails me back saying that his "current" provider is cutting it for $25.00 a cut and is performing bed & lawn weed control for free. I totally bust out laughing! Another case of some people doing anything for peanuts. I then reply to him saying that I am staying firm with my bid. I really wish that there was a mandatory (not optional) exam that people had to take to be a professional landscaper. If U.S. status was a prerequisite, and if such a program was publicized enough, I really think that some of the "el cheapo squads" would have a hard time: it would be MORE of a crime for them to operate(it's already a crime).