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Do you make guarantees on seed?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by hef37087, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. hef37087

    hef37087 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Does anyone guarantee seed germination? I seeded a few bare spots for a lady that has already told me she wouldn't have much time to water. When I finished she asked if it didn't come up or anything should she call me back or what? I told her that there wasn't much way to guarantee seed germination. She seemed upset, but if it don't rain and you don't water...what can I do?
  2. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,113

    never guarantee seed...if they want a guarantee triple the price and tell them they need to prove they watered daily for 3 weeks...it is just not done
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Without irrigation - and access to control it, no guarantees.
  4. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163


    Do you want the weather and the persons ability to take care of a new seeding to control the destiny of your business?

    NOT ME!

    I tell the customer that the only guarantee I will give them as I will put the seed in the correct place!
  5. hef37087

    hef37087 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Thats what I thought. I know a former co-worker years ago said they had a state contract for a prison and it required to guarantee 80% germination. I didn't think that would go for anything else.
  6. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,448

    Don't jump the gun here folks. I renovated my front lawn this spring, and I garanteed myself that it would germinate. It did. I guess I won't have to reseed this job again because of the garantee. If I had not watered it 3 times a day, my garantee would have been null and void. Good thing I listened to myself. I might have had to take me to small claims court.
  7. Lawncop26

    Lawncop26 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I gurantee the seed is placed where it needs to be and physicaly show them, after I instruct them on proper care and leave, I'm done. On my follow up, I may make some adjustments or additions, but thats my call.
  8. dougaustreim

    dougaustreim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    We guarantee stand establishment provided watering is done as directed. We also incorporate 1st year fertilization and weed control into the bid price.

    Also our seed supplier backs us up on this guarantee.
  9. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163

    Who is your seed supplier?

    How do you know if the customer is watering correctly? Do you drive over there every day or two?

    Do you do a lot of seeding?
  10. dougaustreim

    dougaustreim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    Yes, we do a lot of seeding of all types of situations.

    You don't have to check a lawn very often to tell if it is being watered.

    Our seed supplier is local but ships all over the Midwest. Their guarantee is to selected contractors based on loyalty etc.

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