Count that as a win @Brad B. In time, there will be other better paying and better quality lawns that you’ll get that you too will pass these on to some new guy. It’s the lawn mowing version of “ paying your dues”.Update for you folks.
Several estimates and some jobs later I'm getting my target hourly rate. All the jobs I don't get I'm okay with... I wonder if city code enforcement has been out the last few weeks because I've gotten more urgent and frantic people that then go silent when I mention the first time charge is based upon lawn conditions.
I ended up talking to the neighbor the next week and he accepted an estimate I had for shrub trimming and weekly service. Last week I met his son who told me that they're moving him into a retirement home and selling the house. He prepaid me for four weeks and is going to let me know if they need more. Alas, onto the next one.