I mowed a neibors lawn and they got pissed????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Turf Pro Lawn Care, Jun 13, 2003.

  1. Turf Pro Lawn Care

    Turf Pro Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    We built our house last year and 4 day's after we closed on it I had to go to Afghanistan. My buddy also a LCO could not take care of my yard he was too busy and my house is way out of his way, I left it up to my wife to find someone to mow while I was gone. Well it took her a couple weeks and it was new sod so she new to let it root good before the first mow , it was about 6" tall and the women behind us came over and offered to mow. She caught my wife by surprise and my wife said sure go ahead. Well I have been seeing their yard grow and grow and grow. Some parts were 2 feet tall looks real bad, we have and in ground pool in our back yard and we have to look at this jungle growing behind us, not to mention the snake breeding ground it has a possibility to become. I said something to my wife about it "why are they letting their yard get like that??" she told me the women has a broken leg and can't mow, the man of the house is a pot head and won't mow. Well I finished up early yesterday and decided to mow the jungle down. No body was home, I left a tag on the door just letting them know who mowed their lawn I have a blank (write in) spot on my door tag I wrote "Freebie have a nice weekend). I received and email from the guy this morning telling me not to mow their lawn again. If they want it mowed they would call me. WTF??? I replied to his email telling him I was not trying to get his business that I was just trying to be neighborly and I would not mow his yard again. And told him I was sorry if Offended him by my kindness. That was not what I wanted to write though. Some people????

  2. Remsen1

    Remsen1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    Don't ya love people like that:rolleyes:
  3. Hawkeye5

    Hawkeye5 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    No good deed goes unpunished!
  4. mrbenfer

    mrbenfer LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 136

    There is a older ladie that lives neer me that has knee problems...... When we first moved into this area i noticed this yard and decided that she would prob need some help.. I was 14 at the time. I mowed her yard i think 3 or 4 times before i got a thankyou or a wave from her as she was backing out of her driveway. Well now i'm 17 and i'm still mowing her yard.. To be honest with you guys, i havent talked to this ladie since. She has spoken to my dad last year around christmas time but thats it. I havent even got a christmas card! Haha. I guess she might put me in her will.... :) Its nice helping out someone who needs the help.
  5. Turf Pro Lawn Care

    Turf Pro Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26


    I agree that is part of the reason I did it. I did not expect to be told "stay off my property". These peoples yard backs up to the empty lot next to my house. I purchased this lot also last year. I plan to build a 30x50 building on it to store my equipment and to restore Corvettes in it. (a little hobby of mine). I told my wife we are going to put up a privacy fence up as soon as possible on the property line. Then they can grow their yard as tall as they want. They have a ball goal laying on the ground on my lot. I should go over and drag it back on their property and tell him the same as he told me "I am territorial". Here is a copy/paste of the emails.


    Thank You for servicing our lawn.

    Please do not do that again.

    We have your phone number and if we need your assistance in the future we will call you.

    Have a great weekend.

    I did not mow your lawn to try to get your bussiness, I live behind you. I was trying to be neighborly and your wife had mowed my lawn when I was in Afghanistan last year. My wife told me your wife has a broken leg. I was trying to help out.
    Sorry if I offended you.

    Bob Espersen
    You did not offend me, and I know you were not soliciting business.

    I am very territorial (for lack of a better word).

  6. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
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    A good friend of mine used to cut the grass for his old landlord. He had gone away to Florida a year or two ago and told me to check the voice mails he got. So one of the voice mails was from his old landlord crying for my friend to come over quickly because the lawn was several feet tall and the copperheads were starting to come back. A couple weeks after my buddy got back from Florida he sent his guys over there to hack down the jungle. Every so often you would see his guys jump up on top of the machines (w/b's) and start screaming, because they were afraid of getting bitten. I don't believe he was getting paid to cut that lawn either, and so far this year I do not believe that they have been over there :dizzy:
  7. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Messages: 9,769

    My property line is 3 feet off of the neighbors driveway, it is all grass.
    There is enough room there to make 2 passes with my 52" Super Mini Z, the one pass is on my side of the line and the other pass is partially on his side, so I mow to the edge of his drive way, total of about 2 to 3 feet onto his property.
    I dont leave any clippings or debris there.
    It helps make the property look good.
    This guy mows his lawn once a month if were lucky.
    The guy comes out and thanks me and such, this is last year.
    This year he has the ton come out and mark the property line and he has stakes put in, then puts small boulders along the whole property line.
    He then asks me not to mow beyond that anymore.....
    LOL so much for helping neighbors...LOL

  8. Remsen1

    Remsen1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    lazy people. have you guys ever told your neighbors that you're only mowing it because it looks like cr-ap.
  9. drobson

    drobson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237


    Maybe somebody told him that if you take care of that property for a certain number of years then it becomes yours. So maybe he thought this was in the back of your mind as you were mowing it.

    Just a thought.... He probably saw you doing a good deed, until a friend or relative put something else in the his head....
  10. Duncan Lawn Care

    Duncan Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    Probably cut down his pot plants.

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