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well, a little positive input by me. i have two lawns, side by side, one very sunny, the other very shady. both have bad, bad soil. all the other lawns in the development look bad, real bad. same soil type, and they just cant get the lawns to look good. well, its my 3rd year at these properties, and they look sweet, i mean, real good. niether has sprinkler system either. this spring, 2 neighbors came over, and inquired about service. i gave them prices. no bite. today, they came over . "well, we thought u were too high, so we hired someone else. as u can see, our places look terrible. over the last several years weve been through quite a few services, and no one can get our place in shape, if you are still available, we would love to have you." thats just what i needed. there is another $400 a month. good work pays off. but let me tell you, these lawns that now look real nice, would never have gotton that way from no scotts 4 step, or chemlawn. it took every thing i knew, and alot of work to get them this way, and the customers helped also, by doing thier part, which was basically trusting me, and paying for whatever i suggested that they needed. whoever said, "your work, your best advertisement." wasnt lying
 

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That's good to hear Bobby..................now in that small corner of the world your appreciated..............;)


We have taken on 3-5 new accounts a month since April. It is all like what you just experienced.......:cool:
 

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Good work man. I always tell my guys, "treat any house yu do like your own". It always pays off in the end. :cool:
 

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Well, as I see it, If youre gettin paid by the hour (not the job) then the longer you stay, the more monies you make! so, you can make it look REAL good and make people happy (ok, maybe not with price, but ask them if they want a hayfield or not!).
 

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actually, ej, we get paid differently, depending on what kind of treatment we apply. as far as mowing, for these houses, we get about $10 per k. why do u ask?
 

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Great job. That kicks bottom. I had a similar thing happen when I turned about 3K of barren ground into a nice stand of fescue this year for a lady..........she did her part too, kept it watered even though no irrigation. Her daughter wants me over to her place next to install (grass that is).
 

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really? do you think im overpriced? or do you just think im lying? since its 7:30 in the morning, and we are not scheduled to leave for 1-1.5 hrs, ill pull the files on both those properties i described above. #1= 3,735 sq ft of turf. fert program=$390.80. mowing=$38 per week, which includes a quick blow of the beds every week. property #2=5800 sq ft. fert program =$567.20. mowing =$32 per week. fall cleanup on both properties =$425ea. this is for the whole month of november, as well as 1or2 trips in december. these are both very tough properties. man, if u r charging half what im charging, u r goin broke. you cant make it up in volume, the human body just cant take that kind of abuse.
 

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Originally posted by bobbygedd
dont want to hurt your feelings boys, but if i give away my secrets on an open forum, i may as well pack it in.
Send em a email bobby...how's someone in Maine or Oklahoma gonna hurt ya? Who know's, maybe they have a tip or two for you...
 

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Congrats!

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but, I think you gave away your secret...
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good work pays off. but let me tell you, these lawns that now look real nice, would never have gotton that way from no scotts 4 step, or chemlawn. it took every thing i knew, and alot of work to get them this way, and the customers helped also, by doing thier part, which was basically trusting me, and paying for whatever i suggested that they needed. whoever said, "your work, your best advertisement." wasnt lying
 

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I was inferring that your hard work was your secret...

You've put your time in and seem proud of your work.
You know the value of such things and charge accordingly
As much as the market will bear...


But I'm just making assumptions
 

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well, for starters, i did my "homework". when i originally went out, i felt the people out. by the looks of the entire area, i knew it would be real tough, but i also saw a challenge. i spoke with many, many homeowners in the area. the mentality was all the same. "we have bad soil, oak trees, u can never get a decent lawn around here. we been through dozens of landscapers, they all make promises, but weve learned to live with it, its just a bad area." what i needed, was to buy time. i knew the standard stuff wouldnt get the job done. so i bought myself some time to "research and develop", and keep from getting booted. i learned the habits of the homeowners. were they watering? were they not? did they say they were, but really were only lying? i gained thier trust, i made them really believe i was a proffesional, and if they just would "work with me", the outcome, i promised, would be what they wanted. did anybody ever see that movie, "catch me if u can?" well, the question was, "why do the yankess always win?", answer, "because nobody can see past the stripes." get anything out of that?
 
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