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wrong lawn treated today

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by americanlawn, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. Mscotrid

    Mscotrid LawnSite Bronze Member
    from USA
    Posts: 1,456

    A mistake like that is from pure carelessness. I would call the offending company and ask to be compensated for your loss. There is no reason why a yard would be mis-applied. There could be serious legal issues form a lawn application on a non customer yard.

    I had an applicator apply Pre-E and Herbicide to the wrong address. The homeowners were card carry members of the Sierra Club and the issue turned ugly. As a company we were very responsive and apologizing but the homeowners call state and federal authorities. The miss treated lawn measured 5500 sq ft. When the dust settled and cooler heads (homeowner) prevailed I had to perform the following.

    1- Mow the yard and remove clippings for 12 weeks. Length of residual based off of label for the Pre-E.

    2- Remove all soil to a depth of 4 inches in organic garden. Fert-Pre-E prills found in garden. Replace with new organic mix top soil approximately 10 yards.

    3- Replace all the plants within the garden

    4- Buy the homeowner a new pair of Leather Keds shoes because she had to walk across her lawn.

    The other issue we faced was the lady just found out she was pregnant and her husband said, " if there is a miscarriage you might hear from our attorney."

    All that headache was generated by a employee who was careless and not paying attention. Talking with an State Ag inspector he said they could have taken me to the cleaners so do all I can to make it right. A very serious violation especially when you get a phone call from the EPA. In your situation only straight fert was applied so you dodged a bullet.

    Just something to think about and talk with your employees during a quick training session.
  2. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

    we pumped the wrong septic tank by mistake once...its really amazing how many people don't have house numbers on their houses or mailboxes...i thought that was required
  3. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Posts: 2,499

    I drive an oil truck in the winter. Yup filled the wrong house before
  4. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 593

    After 20 yrs I have done it all. I sprayed (or started to) a wrong house a month ago. Stuff happens. Fortunately I haven't been nailed by any wackos.....yet.
  5. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,720

    This is insane!

    I swear some people just want 'a pound of flesh' from other people who don't believe the same things that they do!
    (See 'politics' forum!) :laugh:

    I've never treated a wrong address that I can recall, but I've had a small local company treat a lawn of mine which I had on schedule for a (rare) spring renovation.

    That got ugly! :cry:

    The fellow went to the trouble of renting a special vacuum to try to get all the cheap Team Pro prills up, and then he used a boatload of sprayable activated charcoal on it, upon my advice to him.

    His efforts paid off...the seeding I did came in fine.
    Either that, or it's just more proof and another testament to the uselessness of Team Pro! :laugh:
  6. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,859

    Treating the wrong lawn fequently happens. I never blame anyone for it, cuz it is always an innocent mistake. Plus.....we try to always get along with our hard-working competitiors --- they work hard too. As for getting back lost income..........there's alot more important things in life than to investigate "who did what".

    When our guys do a wrong lawn, they lose their commission for that week. I don't like this practice, but our bookkeeper is in charge there (wife). So if WE do a wrong lawn........the specialist pays for it next paycheck, cuz they lose their commission.

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