Sticky Predicament with local competitor - any thoughts?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by DA Quality Lawn & YS, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    OK guys, this is a tough one. I had an issue with this same gentleman a couple seasons ago and chose to keep my mouth shut at that time. I am wondering what you guys think about this now.

    I do business in a small town (6K people). I am the only individual lic. Turf and Ornamentals applicator in town. I can prove this through the MDA website which is always current. At any rate, I was in my garage today, prepping some equipment when my local competitor (from same town) pulls up to the set of townhomes down the street from my house and starts dethatching and bagging the lawn. He then does my neighbor right across the street. Peeves me a little that he is doing biz in my neighborhood but I already knew this was happening for several years now. Here is the kicker - he gets out his spreader and spreads fert+pre on both lawns. Now I am pretty ticked, as I know for a FACT that this guy is not lic. for either fertilizer apps NOR pesticide applications (for the pre). He did not flag the lawns, nor did he drop an app record at anyone's door.

    The final nail: the guy across the street from me wanted me to do his lawn again this year, 4 apps for the season. I did the same program last year.
    My neighbor claims he just wanted my competitor to dethatch NOT apply fert. Said he was going to call him to find out what is going on. One caveat: my neighbor and my competitor are buddies, but still to take another guy's biz out from underneath??

    How should I handle the illegal apps guys? Put yourself in my shoes: I do biz in a small town so does he. He has a name in town...I do not. I started my biz with a 21" and two lawns 4 years ago. If I squeal on him, I risk getting my name dirtied around town, you know what I mean? And just for side info, I have more business right now than this guy ever hopes to have, so I am not scared cause he is some sort of 'big player' in the lawn industry or something.

    Pure facts are, I pay around $200 in lic. fees every year PLUS the continuing ed costs, then to put up with this, and stealing a customer too yet???

    Any help would be appreciated, thx.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2012
  2. j-sin

    j-sin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    trust me LET KHARMA take its course
  3. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not that I don't see your point but mind your own business.
  4. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    I think you should talk to him directly about the situation and then if nothing happens you always have the option of escalating the nature of the complaint !!
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,296

    I understand why you say this BUT he did steal my customer so he was minding my business.
  6. tlg

    tlg LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    Are you kidding me? This guy is stealing work from you and breaking the law in the process. Turn him in and never look back. I have done it and will do it again if need be to any company that takes work from me. Anything less is crap. Those that are telling you to look the other way are whats wrong with the world. Somebody needs to make him accountable. I think it's you. If you don't it will eat you up inside. I'm gonna guess your neighbor knew exactly what your competitor was up to. You know you really have a responsibility as a professional to help all of us in this business get rid of these kind of knuckleheads or at least make them play by the rules.
  7. maelawncare

    maelawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    Turn him in. Hopefully it will scare him enough to either stop or get licensed.
  8. nighthawk117

    nighthawk117 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 279

    Simple, contact the authorities. You are licensed, insured, file reportings, educated and do this for a living. If he is breaking the law, which he is, make a call period. You don't make the rules, the state does. To the guy that says mind your business, are you a real business owner ? ;)
  9. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    He is taking money out of your pocket by not being licensed. Turn him in!
  10. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,338

    I guess I'm from the side of the fence that thinks it will catch up with him before long and its not really your place to intervene. Just set yourself apart by doing better work then him.
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