For some reason "free loaders" came to mind to day while driving home. If anyone has tips to share about how to steer clear of getting sucked-dry by free-loaders, please share to your heart's content. One form I encounter is people trying to get free information under the cloak of an estimate. Now yesterday -and it was not an estimate, but just putting out brochures - a lady whose friend took limbs of her tree, asked me "which limbs would you take off?" I told her that I figure out a lot of that once I'm into the tree: to dodge giving free advice. (basically still the truth though). Another kind, and it's not really their fault, are garden clubs and some master gardener groups regarding seminars. If they can return referrals worth it's weight in advertising savings, that's different. These days, if I do a free lecture, some kind of benefit is expected: either clear mention in a newsletter or something similar. At least the master gardeners already have a system where people pay back their training by volunteering time. So they should adapt easily to a trade-off of one thing free in exchange for a later pay-back.