what to do about dead grass?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by mrbray101, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. mrbray101

    mrbray101 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a property which is mow/weed/trim hedges only. Its a fast food restaurant so theres a lot of vehicles passing through. I do not do any sort of fertilizing/spraying anything like that. About 8 months ago when I started I told the manager that he needs to get a chemical application company to look at the turf (St. Augustine) and diagnose the problem. It was very thin and a lot of the roots were showing through. It almost looked like too much water to me but I wasn't sure.

    That manager moved into a supervisor position and I told the new manager the same thing about 2-3 months down the road.

    Now almost 8 months later, the turf looks about the same maybe a little worse. Today there is another new manager. I told him same thing after introducing myself to him.

    They are very prompt on the payments. It pays 260/month and takes b/w 45 minutes to an hour depending on what I do. My question is, should I drop them because it makes me look bad. I cringe every time I am there because people see my truck parked there and me mowing the grass and probably assume its my fault the grass is like that. I am not really sure what to do about it, its like an hours worth of negative advertising. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Joey bag a' donuts

    Joey bag a' donuts LawnSite Member
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    maybe dethatch or aerate???
     
  3. mrbray101

    mrbray101 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think its beyond that point, its pretty nasty in some spots. Its only been open for about a year too.
     
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I dunno man, I dunno...

    Suggest aeration + seeding + fert + lime ?

    If it's raining in your area, now is a good time so long it's before end of april but it has to be done before that and the sooner the better (NO you can not do this in may, the grass will fry come july because there's not enough time for growth of fresh seeds to withstand summer heat and drought).

    If it's not raining, it has to wait until fall.

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    LOL hide your truck someplace when you work there j/k
    no seriosly I would push and push for a change and if it doesn't happen, either drop the account or wait until they drop you (they might keep you for some time, they might not). It all depends what they want, if they don't care then it's no problem to them.
     
  5. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
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    What does $260 a month include? Why didnt u include treatments, aeration and seeding?
     
  6. mrbray101

    mrbray101 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am not licensed for any treatments, and the only thing they wanted in the contract was mowing. edging, hedge trimming, and weeding the beds. This is all they were willing to pay for. I have been pushing them, but i do not want to do anything until the problem is taken care of. What if there is some problem and I do all that work and nothing changes. I am going to write a letter to the corporate office and see what they say, then maybe give them a month and if nothing changes oh well. Its just hard to drop an account that pays on time every month. Thanks for the replies.
     
  7. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
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    ok, Now you lost me, I thought you cared about what your yards looked like as a reflection of your business, but you dont even have a licences to do treatments. Not being able to do treatments for your customers is say to me, you dont really care what they look like, and your just in it for the mow and go service
     
  8. mrbray101

    mrbray101 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am in college for landscape architecture and am doing this job to pay my way through school. I do not want to invest the time and money into getting licensed for spraying/fertilizing because before too long I will be in an internship and will not have time for the business. However, I do care what the lawns look like. Just because fertilizer and sprays arent dumped onto a lawn does not mean it will look horrible. This turf is an exception, from the day I got there it looked bad and I referred them to someone else to have it taken care of. In almost 8 months they have not manged to make a simple phone call and the lawn looks pretty crappy.

    The point of the post: I can not treat it and it looks bad. I do not like that people see it and associate the problem with my business. So I am not sure if I should just give them a months notice and drop them or what. They have always payed promptly and are happy with the work I do. It seems like they dont even care that their grass is going to $%@. Maybe that is just the type of people in that business. Thanks for the suggestions though.
     
  9. Joey bag a' donuts

    Joey bag a' donuts LawnSite Member
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    So, what your asking is does mowing this lawn in a high traffic area reflect on the image of your business and the quality of work you do???I'd have to say that it does...if someone is looking for a lawn service, see's your add then see's you mowing a mostly dead lawn(even if it's NOT your fault) many of them may not know that its not your fault. If your area is as swamped with lawn services as ours is there is plenty to choose from. It is most definently possible you may be considered a hack by whoever sees your work. If the job is worth it keep it...if not then you know what you got to do,
     
  10. mrbray101

    mrbray101 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah you are right. I think I will give them a month to do something about it, maybe I can get a sod/mulch job and make it look much better. Just want to find out whats wrong first. But after a month if nothing is done about it ill just drop them. 260 isnt going to break me. thanks for the advice, i kind of knew that but just needed to hear it from someone. Most of my accounts are more like 120-150 a month so a 260/month is just hard to get rid of. Thanks for the replies though. :drinkup:
     

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