This is going really good. Great post. If we gave our own people better wages they would take more pride in their work. In my area there is a shortage of properly qualified plumbers and electricians for example. Yes the labor rate is really high there because of reduced competition. IMO the glut of laborers in the Landscaping sector has something to do with lowering wages. My dad works on computers. the last year there has been a market glut of workers in this sector, and the wages plummeted 50%, thus making many bow out and go do something else, which probably will raise the wage again. There must be a balance in all this, but it is hard to see sometimes.