Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by boonehockey, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. boonehockey

    boonehockey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    What are some things that seperate low ball crews and companies that really care about quality. A few, I think, are grass in the cracks and beds.,What are some that come to mind from your expierence.
  2. Premier landscaping south

    Premier landscaping south LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 534

    A few that come to mind are a nice clean edge on sidewalks and drives. Made with an edger not a string trimmer turned upside down.

    Not leaving any clumps or long strings of unmulched grass on turf after mowing.

    Cleaning up after fertilizing. Not leaving tons of fert on sidewalks and drives like some large company's I know.

  3. boonehockey

    boonehockey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    Yes, I do all those. From working with big companies I notice a lack of employee image like smoking all the time and lots of cussing.

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Things that I believe separate you from the rest is making sure there are no weeds in cracks, flowerbeds are kept clean and weed free, hedges are trimmed as needed, turf never has any clippings laying on top and is bagged when needed, and the biggest is communication. Talk with your customers about their properties needs and stay on top of things.
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  5. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    Couldn't agree more. I only do fert. for very very select few customers. But when I do I blow the sidewalks off too, Trugreen really irritates me, they do alot of my lawns and when the do granular they make a mess all over.
  6. boonehockey

    boonehockey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    So it's a lot of simple, easy to do things that most companies just are to lazy to do.
  7. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    Basically yes, one thing I like to do is just stand around and BS with the customer. Some customers just pay you the money and go on their way, others like to stand around and talk to you for a while. I believe that when you humor them and carry on a conversation for a few minutes, it shows them you respect them and things like that can really go a long ways.
  8. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    Premier, I am not saying you are wrong just curious as to why this you think is better. I think its the person using the trimmer that matters. I've see the edges of careless guys and they are 2" wide:dizzy: I use the edger when needed but keep a tight egde with a trimmer. I also have not found one guy who can do it like me, but when does any worker do what you do! My customers, and even thier picky neighbors, give me compliments on their edges (trust me they're picky!) and I don't regularly use an edger. Again areas of the country may differ in what exactly the needs are. It's just using a different tool to do the job right? As long as it is done right and looks good what difference does the tool make. I do believe that you NEED to use an edger to open the edge up.

    Oh and for those of you waiting to jump on someone and say "See you're a lowball, etc...." grow up. I pride myself on quality work just like the rest.
  9. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    I think even large LCO's have a problem keeping workers attitudes at a professional level. You put a couple of kids a mower, they're gonna mow like couple kids on a mower.
  10. boonehockey

    boonehockey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    Well me be only 18 years old, I take a great deal of pride into my work because, I know good work sells itself, so Im looking to raise the bar around my neigbrohood.

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