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Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Frontier-Lawn, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,955

    I have a Little job in a week. the lady wants me to redo a plant bed at the rear of her house. she wants all the plants taken out. there are several nice banana trees, and 7' holly tree. (& she does not want to reuse them) now would it be unethical if i just keep them for myself instead of off to the dump with them?
  2. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    I don't think so. Consider it a bonus for a job well done.
  3. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I'd feel worse throwing perfectly good plants in the dump if it were me... Giving them a new home is the best thing you could do, plus once they are in your truck it's really no business or concern of the customer what you do with it wether you chip it up, plant them or burn them for heat.
    Congrats on the new plants!
  4. ECS

    ECS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,733

    Your job it to get them out of her yard. What you do with them after that is totally up to you.
  5. vharrison2

    vharrison2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    I agree, she asked you to get rid of them...
  6. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,233

    If it really bothers you just tell her you would like to use it at your house. I'm sure she would be fine with that knowing that would just go to the dump otherwise.
  7. gqnine44

    gqnine44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    I'd sell them to another customer if I had a buyer. Plant them in your yard and dont worry about it.
  8. dkeisala

    dkeisala LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    I've salvaged many, many different plants from customers that didn't want them any more, some basic standards and some worth hundreds of dollars like a pom pom black pine a just picked up and three potted windmall palms that the client no longer wanted.

    I agree with the previous post that throwing away perfectly good plant material is a higher travesty than keeping a plant somebody no longer wants.
  9. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Messages: 1,063

    IMO I don't see anything wrong with transplanting the trees or plants. In your yard or someone else that may want to buy them from you. You may need to check into whether you need a special license or permit to sell them however...each state is different I believe. Also I don't think I'd mention to the customer as to what your plans are for the removed plants, she may expect a discount. Just do as she requested and the rest is up to you.

  10. RICHIE K

    RICHIE K LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 647

    Most of the shrubs, plants etc @ my home are from customers that didn't want them anymore.. some of them i even resold to other customers payup

    Richie K

    www.kulakandcompany.com :angel:

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