first time dropping a lawn

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnboy82, Jul 8, 2001.

  1. lawnboy82

    lawnboy82 Banned
    Messages: 957

    i dont know how to feel about this. usually i dont drop lawns, they drop me because i cant keep up with all of the work. well friday i had gone to a customer's house. we cut the front, no problem. went into the back and i started to smell it. i have been workin there now for about 2 years. and this problem has been there the whole time. i told my guy angel to stay away from the area. because 1) it smelled so bad, and 2) because i didnt wanna have to pull the machine out. this guy has an area about i would say, 20 by 30. some of it is soft, but a good amount of it is septic sludge. the stuff just oozes up out of the ground. so you have to walk in it to trim. not a fun thing to do. :( they also took for my fall cleanup last year, 7 months and 1 day to pay me. this guy is a rabbi. a real rabbi. i went to the door and i said to his wife, i cant do your lawn anymore, it's the septic, and gettin paid, and you are too far out of my way. the lawn also has roots all over the place, so if you are cutting you cant go near about 1/3 of the back yard because otherwise you are gettin a handlebar to the gut. i felt kind of bad for doing this, because he is the rabbi at the synagogue i go to, and was gonna join. and he also just lost a job. but ya know what? i will get over it, and find new, better customers to fill his place.
  2. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    A few years ago, I decided to drop all lawns that I hated to cut.
    Let's face, our jobs are hard enough, without having to dodge obsticals and slow-paying customers. For every lawn that you drop, there's 10 more that want your services.
  3. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    It's done, it's overwith, don't EVER look back! You made the right decision.
  4. crazygator

    crazygator LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,048

    Well think about this. Did you ever factor in all the time spent cleaning the mower you just sank in the sewer? Time equals money. You did the right thing and If he has a problem with it with you, just wait till the next lco comes around and bills him more. And as stated above, always look forward and never behind!
  5. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Messages: 1,540

    You should be ashamed of yourself, lawnboy82!

    nah..just kidding. :D

    I'd dump them like a load 'o bricks too.

    Let someone else mow their sewer.heheheh.
  6. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    Like I said:

    If you dread it shed it! You did the right thing. 7 months? I think I would have done it 5 months ago, and that's being real generous.
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Drop the junk, lifes to short.
  8. rdh

    rdh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    the people next door to me had a septic problem it smelled so bad on some days you couldnt sit on the back porch.
    didnt take long to call the county on them nasty people.i guess the county gave them a time frame to have it fixed so they didnt get in no hurry by then it was coming in my yard and i was gone and my girl cut the grass and got my dane chariot stuck in it .the kids said she called them every name in the book when they came out of there house to get in there car .she had rocks and wood old clothes from the barn under the tires to try to get it out. i am lucky she didnt tear my mower up trying to get it out. well she did get it out. but i would have liked to have been there just to hear her call those people nasty a$#es
  9. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    dont be afraid to drop customers. just recently we restructured and in doing so raised prices, changed polocies, and got rid of the lawns that are a disaster to cut , take too long, bang up our equipment, and customers who give us a hard time. it is much more pleasant now to go to work, and much more profitable.
  10. lawnboy82

    lawnboy82 Banned
    Messages: 957

    how many of you mow places with septic problems? i find it to be horrible. a friend of mine, who i have known now for many years also cut one place like this, however it was right by his shop, so it was really easy to do.

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