I have a weekly "pity" mow that I do. It's a horrendous yard with large diseased trees that drop branches at the slightest breeze. The smaller trees have branches that droop all the way to the ground. It has a playground for day care kids, where I have to move most of the equipment to mow or if I don't feel like lifting, I have to string trim the whole area. She has a day care parent parking area that is full of stones which spill into the grassy areas. There is a 3 foot drop off in the front yard with a natural stone retaining wall that spans about half of it. She has water from her washing machine pumped out directly onto her back lawn, so I have to ride through a big grassy mud puddle. She has two large wood piles sitting right smack in the middle of the yard with several years of accumulated bark spilled all around them... Then there are always at least 2 cars for me to mow around. Her son and daughter-in-law always park on the grass instead of the stones, for some stupid reason. There are tires, a trailer, 4 wheel barrows (every time a wheel goes flat on one, she just buys a whole new wheel barrow). When this woman called me for a quote, she sounded terribly desperate. Her husband had left her. She couldn't afford any of the lco's she had called. The lawn hadn't been mowed in the year since he had left. I quoted her a low price based on the fact she said she only had a 1/4 acre property - well it turned out to be closer to a full acre! I adjusted the price when I actually saw how large the yard was and how much crap was laying around It's taken me over a month of cleaning-up with every single mow, just to get it into any kind of shape to maintain on a weekly basis. Now...even though I gave her an incredibly lowball price just because of her situation, she says she can't afford me weekly. She wants me there bi-weekly for the same exact price. I'm ready to tell her to just get her son to do it. I thought I was doing a kind gesture, but my kindness has its limits and the businessperson side of my brain is kicking in. No more charity work! I probably will drop her after today's cut, but I just needed to get this out of my system.