Is your area full of low quality commercial work?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Exact Rototilling, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Businesses, home owners association green belts and perimeters. Generally it seems that the quality and attention to detail is fairly low....ok painfully low.

    Clippings blown all over walking paths or street and stay there [they don’t own blowers or don’t care], looks like a mowed hayfield and not just on rainy days. Lawn edging that is scalped [summer burned] and tapered down to ZERO like a Marine Corps haircut with a touch of moss combined with a nodule of grass that could easily be removed with even vertical edging with a string trimmer.

    When round-up is used it looks excessive and miss applied. Weeds growing up in the cracks of the side walks and gutters....?

    I would have to say that easily 60% to 70% of the commercial work is in this range... in my area. It might be just be me but that’s the way I see it. :confused:
  2. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
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    they get what they pay for and a lot of them really don't want to pay anything.
  3. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    It is hard to make assumptions without pictures to conclude your thesis. In today's market of increasing fuel prices and labor costs, you are going so see crappy quality work using high dollar materials. Simple as that!
    Customers are already asking me for cutbacks to already simple lawns where money cannot be cut...........? No mulching or bagging then! So in essence they are getting what they want and with the best of quality you can perform for the money.

    The mindset of the new generation of customers is..........."What can I get more of for less!" To satisfy the demand for services, newer LCO's have bastardized the services us old timers used to charge more for! This is the simple truth!!
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I agree 100%. They choose the lowest bid and it shows...
  5. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    I see this all the time. Grass between cracks ect. Even the ones that do get paid well are lacking detail. They just dont care. They get it mowed and go. Some in the business dont even like cutting grass. They just want the money. You got 2 like what you do.
  6. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    Too add income has dropped 10% over the last four years.

    Many can't afford and have to cut back. Easy to cut back lawn care. Not so easy when the utilites want to cut off the electric gas oil water phone.
  7. michael14

    michael14 LawnSite Member
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    I have that problem in my area some "professional landscapers" here don't even edge so I'm just starting and pretty much have to be dirt cheap to get any clients and I do a better job than most well established company's here
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  8. slamjamrockinman

    slamjamrockinman LawnSite Senior Member
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    Biggest thing I have noticed in area is really bad rutting issues. Guys using Z's on long and more narrow sections of the property where they are really only able to cut in one direction due to a bank/hill or something. Areas that should be mowed with a walk behind and altering stripe directions each week, which would take a lot longer, but is the proper way to do it.
  9. michael14

    michael14 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    A lot of what it is, I think it's people who see the potential profit bit don't really ev atleast in my area en know the proper way to mow
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  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,277

    A whole bunch in Tampa and its all now called Valley Crest. We had 2 major players get bought out by them and now they took bankrupt Villas accounts too.
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