I posted this over in the homeowner section too to see if I could get feedback from homeowners as well. It's fairly common to have customers do things that I know will create a maintenance nightmare down the road...they plant things where they just don't belong, block off access to certain areas of their lawn, cut corners, use sub-standard materials etc. I usually just bite my tongue and don't say anything about it...what's done is done and it's their lawn. Here's the current situation: I have a customer that has a small looping sidewalk off their driveway that leads into their main sidewalk, but its off the side and really just for ornamental purposes. The area contained within it was nothing but weeds and they had asked me about planting grass in it last year. I told them that it was really more suited to putting some plants in. They said that sounds good, we'll have you do that next year. So last week I go there to mow and they had installed a beautiful Laceleaf Japanese Maple in it. Well....the problem is that they put it in a corner so that it's practically hanging over the sidewalk on all but one side now. It's going to be encroaching on the sidewalk in no time and there's no way this bed is going to look balanced with it there off in one corner...it's clearly in the wrong spot. I'm not exactly the most talented designer, but I know this thing doesn't belong where they put it. It would be better as the centerpiece of this bed and would have room to grow. Don't people understand that plants grow?!? Would you say anything to them...give them your unsolicited opinion that they screwed up or just hold your tongue unless asked?