As a sign of the times be advised. I am on the brink of losing a large high-end landmark property to TruGreen LandCare because their company is in bad shape, they really want the account I service and are super desperate for work. When I saw the proposal myself I had to laugh but at the same point my blood starting boiling. I won't talk exact numbers but let's just say I bid against them for a sum greater than 30k in spring 2008 and got the contract for the whole nine yards(cutting, fert. treatments, bed-edging, mulch, tree trimming, irrigation maint. etc.). Last week, unknown to me because they already do lawn care for this customer at other locations, they bid one quarter of what they did last year and claim they will provide better service and more frequently. I can't even compete with that. This is a multi-acre property and after I did the math they can't be cutting for any more than $65 per cut and mulch will be installed for $12 per yard. This is also after I have gained several customers and compliments from this account has been in numerous publications for it's beauty and precise maintenance. So I just wanted to vent for all of my frustration and do not wish this happens to any of you. All of this is happening because a particular public office needs to shave it's budget 20% and do not care that they will be sacrificing quality because of it.