Going in too deep!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by alpine692003, Jul 23, 2004.

  1. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You guys ever say to yourself, that you went in too deep to something and you should of never gotten into?

    Today my guys and I were doing some trimming of some cedar hedges, we just started for about 1hr.. didn't do much because we were hesitant.The neighbours come out and said how low are you going to be cutting that? I said, I didnt even start yet.. I'm just pruning it lightly..

    Apparently now when I spoke with the neighbours there was a miscommunication with the client and the neighbours on what could be removed. I said, to my partner good thing we asked the neighbours before we started pruning like crazy...

    The neighbours now did not want the tree's hacked back to what my client said! I received the phonecall from him tonight and he said sorry, the job cann't be done because the other neighbour doesnt want it done! I said no problems, I WAS LIKE THANK GOD in my head! It was a big job, $625 to prune cedar's..

    I then told him, you know what? It seems like what you asked me to do in the beginning is different then what you want done now, so I'm going to have to cancel my service and you're going to have to call a CERTIFIED ARBORIST to do this job!

    So make sure you guys ask the neighbours before you do this type of work! Good thing I talked to the neighbours before I did some more work..

    He said fair enough and he said, why dont you come to my place and do my shrub and gardens? I said THAT I can definiately do!

    Prune some hedges, azaleas, clean out the garden beds..

    :p :p :p
  2. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thats what she said. LOL. I was worried what this tread was about.

    Sounds like you got a couple of wack jobs. Be careful with those kind of people. I had a few people like that, and they never knew what they wanted to do. So when it came time to pay, they wondered why the bill was so high. I told them "oh, I dont know mabye cause I had to repeat myself so many times".
  3. Shadetree Ltd

    Shadetree Ltd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    Learn your plants, it would have sucked in the fall paying to remove and replace such a large ceder hedge out of your own pocket because you trimmed it too heavy during such a hot period.

  4. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Shadetree - thanks, but I didnt do much on the cedars..

    I wasn't about to replaced 20 cedar hedges that are like uh.. lots of $$$

    He wanted something else done then when I 1st got there.. people, sigh..

    So i told him sorry, can't do it call an arborist..
  5. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    If the hedge is owned by your customer the neighbor has got nothing to say about how they are cut. Its like when we are trimming at apartment complexes and the renters are trying to tell us how we should trim things. I tell them that they are not the ones paying us, so we will do it the way the owner wants and we want it done.:blob3:
  6. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    I was thinking the same thing... Why is the neighbor dictating what can be trimmed at the clients house? Unless they share this hedge between the property line?
  7. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Its not on his property, its on another client's property and he's paying for it..

    His house is north side... he wants cedar tree's pruned back 3-5ft.
    Cedar tree is on south side on another customer.s yard.
  8. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    what do cedar hedges look like?

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