Got harrassed today by neighbor of lawn I applied to.....

kemco

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
Memphis TN
I understand that you mean well by doing this, but if I saw someone waving a blower around my vehicle I think that may bother me if I didn't understand what was going on. I would think, what the heck is that guy doing to my vehicle and what did he shoot all over it that caused it to need blown off. I can see that escalating quicker than someone finding some dust on their car.
I do see what you are saying. I should have added the only times we do this would be neighbors car parked on the street next to our customers. Or yes if in the driveway but then only those on zero lot sizes where we can stay on our customers property. We don't ever walk up into a neighbor's yard or drive to blow the dust off. If it's that far away I really don't see dust/grass being a real issue that far away. And we really do stay about 15 or so feet away from the vehicle as we walk around them to blow the dust off. But so far never had anyone say anything negative. I think we've had maybe two actually give us a thumbs up if they were already outside. At least I think it was a thumb and not a middle finger. LOL.
 

Trees Too

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
USDA Zone 6a
You don't have to talk to him, but you also don't need to act like you're putting down some harmless chemical that can't have an affect on people. I don't like the attitude that this stuff can't get in the air and bother people, it can, read the labels, the stuff isn't water.

Listen, I am not a spray guy, and i know plenty of us here are. I've had to file 2 complaints on a local farmer for douching my garden and yard during his 2 rounds of spray in the early spring. 2 years in a row. The farmer and spray company hate me, just like you hate the neighbor.

You do not have the right, or the privilege to spray if the chemical is drifting into a neighbors area and bothering him.

The best thing to do would be to explain the guy what you're putting down, that you do it all day everyday, and that you are on label and legal. That's it. If the approach is anything like what some of these guys are saying, you're going to create a backlash. Ignoring, running away, or being a jerk after you've just treated a neighboring property, doesn't help. If he needs to file a complaint, tell him to call the dept or agriculture and go from there. In this case, he won't have anything on you so there is really no reason.

People have a good reason to be concerned about pesticide application, 50% of the guys applying here are belligerent.

I know organic farmers and they have a right to be able to eat their veggies without pesticides on them, if it's drifting, or if there's residual in the soil, they are advised to approach the applicator and get their info. Many of them have it so that nothing within a certain distance can be sprayed, and that can have an affect on neighboring properties.
The content of this entire thread reminds me of the saying that "A person only has one chance to made their first impression".
This all comes down to the way someone approaches you, and not just what that say, but how they say it, their tone and general mannerisms.

It's one thing to have a concerned neighbor ask you what you are spraying, or to politely caution you that their vegetable garden is right on the other side of the border hedge.

To that end, as State Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicators we assume the responsibility to ensure that none of our sprays drift off our customer's property onto neighboring properties. And we have the added responsibility of protecting all pollinators by not spraying near any flowering plants when bees and butterfly's are foraging.

What makes all us sprayers a bit jaded (and even belligerent) is that random person that comes stomping over in the midst of a treatment ranting about us harming/killing this, that and the other thing, immediately following with their list of conditions & demands that we must comply with! :angry::realmad:

So if any of you are finding some of the guys responses to be snarky and sarcastic....THIS IS WHY!! :wall:
 

dwc

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
oklahoma
I’d contact google
It’s not an honest review
She hasn’t used your service or contacted you for service.
That’s like if I gave you a bad review and said “they have blue trucks- 1 Star”
I flagged it. Google is taking their sweet time to review it. It’s definitely a cheap shot at us!
 

That Guy Gary

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
SW Idaho
I flagged it. Google is taking their sweet time to review it. It’s definitely a cheap shot at us!
I wouldn't be concerned if you're page has many honest reviews, I think people who check out businesses online are aware of crackpots.

Or have fun with it, can you leave a reply comment? It's my understanding that if you have lasting headaches that can't be treated with essential oils you probably have autism. :laugh:
 

EricC

LawnSite Senior Member
Honest reviews that actually provide something of substance are out there and easy to spot. I person with more than 2 functioning brain cells can usually weed out the ones that are BS. Whenever I see anyone with a 2 or 3 star and only a few ratings I always click and usually it's just one person mad about price or they said they couldn't do it "RIGHT NOW". I toss those right aside.

and people that can't discern between those reviews, you probably don't want them anyway.
 

dwc

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
oklahoma
:laugh::laugh::laugh:
I wouldn't be concerned if you're page has many honest reviews, I think people who check out businesses online are aware of crackpots.

Or have fun with it, can you leave a reply comment? It's my understanding that if you have lasting headaches that can't be treated with essential oils you probably have autism. :laugh:
We don’t have a lot of reviews since it’s not that big of a deal in our rural area, but it does drag our rating down considerably.
That would be a good reply! :laugh:
 
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