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MSN's View of us Landscapers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Szafranman, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Szafranman

    Szafranman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

  2. pinecrestwoods

    pinecrestwoods LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    Pretty irresponsible story. Yes, there are crooks out there. How about the good ones? Is it too much for Smartmoney to mention 1 good example?

    One person talked about paying their landscaper a couple grand up front and didn't see him for A WHOLE WEEK!!!! The horror!!!!!! And what reason was given? Can you believe it was too cold and then too wet? What crap!!!!!!!!!!!! Since when have you seen it too cold or too wet to do landcaping work?!?!??! (I'm being VERY sarcastic, here, btw). Based on a $4k bill- I'm assuming this was to be some fairly extensive work, requiring the running of equipment on the property. Hmmmmmm...... what would this person say if the lawn had been torn to shreds? A whole week delay?..... Wow..... live in the real world. Try building a house.

    Another crap example was "showing your landscaper nice lush grass next to recently installed plants" to prove that you watered sufficiently. Hmmmm.... the water needs of a plant with an established root system is the same as a freshly installed flower? Really?!?!? Since when? Why then, must I keep new sod soggy for a period of time or it will dry up and die, but another part of the existing lawn does not need to be soggy? WOW!!!!.... I'm SO confused.

    Whatever, I gotta go steal some plants, because that's what we do.
  3. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    I don't see what the bid deal about stealing plants is. That's common practice around here.

    I installed an irrigation system last week and tapped directly into the cold water line under the kitchen sink.

    I also charged a customer $2 grand, payable up front, to install 6 sky rockets under a 6' pool deck, buried up to the second branch.

    While the article put a negative spin on us, I think it's important that the homeowners know the dangers of hiring ignoramuses.
  4. pinecrestwoods

    pinecrestwoods LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    Gosh.... I hope you meant you tapped into the NEIGHBOR'S water line, so your client doesn't have to pay for it.

    As for the "education" aspect of it..... fine- I'll buy that. But... they shouldn't be scared to hire a landscaper, either.
  5. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,612

    I have a local competitor who regularly bills customers for services that they didn't understand that they signed up for. Double-cut fees, waste removal fees, fuel surcharges, cleanups that they didn't order, and so on. Some have dropped him and called other LCOs. But he finds that many of the customers just pay.

    If I were his customer he might get a different reaction.
  6. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    Yeah, it was the neighbor's. Sorry I left that out.

    And you're right, they shouldn't be scared to hire us. Just be knowledgeable in their decision about who to hire.

    Like me and not you. :p :p :p :waving: :laugh::laugh::laugh:
  7. WGLandscapeMaintenance

    WGLandscapeMaintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,549

    I like this part "To avoid such foul-ups, make sure the landscaper has liability insurance — about $1 million is a reasonable amount of coverage"
    The part about the guy hiring the lawn jockey in FL to put in the irri system, they are stupid for hiring him to do it. I do like the part about the pickup lawn jockeys with magnet signs, it said painted logos, but who here has their logo painted onto their trucks? They're vinyl usually.
  8. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,580

    lot of truth to that article but I'd blame the HO on most of those cases for trying to save a buck, there are plenty of us out there that are the "expensive/ reputable" guys that try to convince we're worth the cost but to no avail a good deal is a good deal till it goes bad.
  9. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    That article seems to only allow the customer to vent for their stupid mistakes.

    I'd like to know how the landscapers gained access to those 2 mentioned homes to steal the pills and drink the beer.

    On the other hand, we could print that article out and show it to our potential customers when they gripe about our prices being higher than Larry's lowball landscaping.. Might give them a good reason to hire us over him.. lol
  10. pinecrestwoods

    pinecrestwoods LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I like that. It's got a nice ring to it. Can you come up with one for Jeff?

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