I broke one of my own rules which is: DO NOT try to pursuade family/friend/neighbor to use my services over someone else. One of my neighbors who always talks about big plans they have for their yard and all this stuff they are going to plant came over to talk to me the other day. To date, they have put a dead potted plant on their porch. In retrospect, I think he just wanted to get some free advice and then p!ss me off. He and his wife decided they want to screen in their backyard. They essentially have the back and one side to screen, which is about 230 feet by my estimate. Being that he's too cheap to pay for a decent fence, they want to screen it with.........Leylands! ...53 of them by his calculations. In my area, Leylands are junk trees along with Bradford Pears. They are relatively cheap, grow really fast, and when used in any set fashion ie.. a screen or symetric pattern, are guaranteed to meet with catastrophic failure and end up looking like T-total sh!t So he starts telling me how "his landscape guy' is coming over to give him a quote but it's been a week and he's tired of waiting. I asked if he really wanted to use someone that didn't return calls. He responded that his guy was probably busy because he was, "a real guy, you know, he does this for a living, he's got all the equipment for this kind of stuff". I guess that was a jab because I work part-time. I mean, it's impossible for a part-timer to get a hold of one of them big swirly drills right? Anyway, HE has figured that it should costs about $1500. I asked him how he came up with that figure. He said because it was twice as much as he wanted to spend but he wasn't going to pay that for 2 foot trees. They need to be at least head high for that price. Not wanting to see this maroon create a tree line near my house, I told him that since 'his landscape guy' wasn't around I could give him a ballpark idea of cost because I knew his figure was soooo far off, right? I got him to agree that he needed to mulch AND put landscape fabric down...because I knew he would never trim or spray around 50+ trees. SO, I give him a somewhat low price of $3800 on 7 gallon trees and 30 yards or $4500 on 15 gallon and 30 yards. His reply, "Well, that'll never happen!" ME: Today, he comes over to tell me that he found a guy that only sells Leylands and will install 53 6 ft trees for $1220!!! WTF!!! WHO DOES THIS KIND OF CRAP!!! Oh yeah, he's also going to see if 'his landscape guy' can beat this guys price! Sorry, I had to rant.