Customer Complaining About Weeds

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by landscapetastic, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I used Preem in the garden and very pleased

    That is pleased with part and unsatisfied in another part because it washed under the beans before they were up and rotted the seed :laugh:

    Next year I'll plant the beans two weeks ahead of the tomato's :drinkup:
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Usually the fabric silts up and holds water like plastic sheets under the mulch and keeps the water out of the soil... when there is any kind of slope the mulch slides down the slippery fabric slope and becomes exposed... spraying is not always the simplest thing in the world once the beds start growing like crazy, so when weeds appear they should just be pulled, however when they root through the fabric they do not pull...

    Wood mulch rotting into the surface of the soil, creating its own hydrophobic barrier that pushes water to the plants around it works just fine w/out the hassle... freshen up the look each Spring with some new stuff and you're good to go...

    None of these issues have affected you at all???
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,290

    Nobody said there was. Just several generalizations that if the OP had done his job properly (which I have no idea if he did or didn't) that he should NEVER see a weed as well as applying a pre-m would completely eliminate weeds for 4-6 months.

    I too that generalization and pointed out 2 types of weeds that would make this generalization false and wrong. If the OP is dealing with these types of weeds, it is highly likely that they returned in a week. For that matter, Roundup\glyphosate won't even hardly brown horsetail in a week's time.
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,335

    An appropriate mulch material, applied at the appropriate depth, will keep out 95% of your weeds. No geotextile and no preem required.
  5. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Yu know Smallaxe I'm starting to notice that, my Oak tree's for the last two years in front have started looking like the leaves are drying up mid summer?

    Early this spring I pulled back a lot of the landscaping paper from around the tree's but I don't think it was enough. I'm still seeing one tree that looks like the leaves are curling up so I left the hose on around the bottom last night for about 4 hours.

    Should I pull it all up? I defiantly don't want to loose these tree's hell I had enough problems with tree's :laugh:

    Also, it's not mulch, it's pine bark and I freshened up this spring and last spring also, didn't take any out. Could I have that stuff around the bottom to thick smothering the roots?
  6. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,160

    I would find some training in customer relations. Not only is she rightfully upset about your work and your response :nono:, she is now telling everyone she knows not to hire you. And I don't blame her.
  7. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Kiril is the only one I can see, who mentions the depth of the mulch. How deep was the mulch you installed?

    I recommend bark mulch be three inches deep.

    Also, can you post a picture of the weeds?
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Even w/out any mulch whatsoever,,, weeds appearing within a week doesn't occur in my garden maintenance with the bare soils...
    My point is that the so-called "Prep", was no prep at all... :)
  9. treedoc1

    treedoc1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    You should be happy to go back and spot spray weeds for "x" dollars if it wasn't included in the original proposal.
    Do nothing for free, but do exactly the work stated when you sold the job.
    Go backs will kill your business, change orders and upsells will add to your profitability.
    Always offer a solution and price it accordingly. A free service has exactly that value...$0.00.
  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,508

    Sorry, but you come across as big a noob as the OP. He stated he "prepped" the beds by removal AND weedkiller. Obviously he did it wrong. Not enough removal, not enough chemical and not enough mulch would be my guess. Weeds coming up after only a week is unacceptable. So is giving a lame excuse for corner cutting on his part. By all means continue doing business this way. It will guarantee your business demise and give someone else a chance to profit by fixing your rookie mistakes.:usflag:

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