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What should I do about weeds?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TNT Lawncare, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. TNT Lawncare

    TNT Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    Ok. This is my first year doing this full time on my own. I managed to scrape together about 15 accounts grossing about $900 per week working by myself 4 easy days per week. How ever, one or three depending on how you look at it are apartments owned by the same company. For the most part these are crappy apts and really need work on not only the landscaping but the buildings themselves. To start out, I probably undercut the price by about half of what they paid last year but I needed the business. Early in the year when I bid out these places, the property manager asked what I do about weeds. Now in March there were no weeds and every thing looked fine. I said if I saw a couple I would pull them and be done with it. Now the landscaping is more weeds than anything. I have sprayed with several gallons of round up because this manager expected me to pull all these weeds by hand. It would take me and 10 other guys a month to pull these by hand. Should I just keep eating the bill for the round up and next year know better? What would you guys do?

  2. dcgreenspro

    dcgreenspro LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 688

    it doesn't sound like you have a pesticide license, so do what you can to make it look good. if i were in your shoes, i would pony up some dough to have one of the lco on this website come spray it for you. Hope everything works out.
  3. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,696

    Better not be putting down Roundup unless you're licensed to do so, which you obviously aren't -- you could be paying large fines for this.

    The weeds are in beds/etc? Or the lawn? Cut the lawn HIGH, 3 1/2" or more, that will help there. Otherwise, you'll need to simply explain that the weeds are worse than you thought they would be, and they will need to hire a licensed applicator to take care of them.
  4. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,822

    15 accounts grossing 900$ a week?:rolleyes: I can believe the 4 easy days part
    Right now weeds is all there is to cut in my area
  5. TNT Lawncare

    TNT Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    The apts which I am refering to pay 195 per week, I do 2 other places that take about 4 hours each for 160 each plus few other commercial places and some residentials. $900 a week is right. By the way, I have a pesticides license. That is not the point. The point is do I just keep eating the cost of round up or do I tell her to stick it up her you know what. There were no weeds when we did the contract and there is nothing in the contract about weeds but she expects them to be gone.
  6. One of Three

    One of Three LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Ehh..."Point. Counterpoint." The weeds were there, you just didn't see them. It sounds like this client was well aware that there was a weed problem. I think that since it sounded like weeds weren't going to be a big deal to begin with, but now they are, you should definately confront the client. Just tell them straight up what has happened. From the way I see it, if you tell them the story like you did here, they would be willing to work something out, whether it's paying for the service or getting rid of that service. I doubt they will go elsewhere, seeing how they're getting half off their normal rate. Good luck!

  7. Come on, are you killing weeds in the lawn with Roundup? We want to see it. Is it like the Ortho commercial with little spots everywhere? Post us a pic, pleease..:dancing: :dancing:

    BTW when I took my classes for pesticide licensing they drilled it into me about weed identification, which pesticides to use and on and on. Had over 90% eradication on the first application. It'll be tough to sell weed control for next year. There aren't any! Kind of the opposite of your problem.
    Indiana must have a lot more lax testing requirements.

    USDA doesn't screw around with licensing. Get a license, get a professional or get fined.
  8. wherebluegrassgrows

    wherebluegrassgrows LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    Bill her for the roundup and your time. If there was no prior agreement to clean beds they are not your problem. I hope you have a contract for your services.
  9. TNT Lawncare

    TNT Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    The weeds are not in the grass. They are in "landscaped areas" where mulch would be only instead of mulch there is rock a bit bigger than pea gravel.
  10. TNT Lawncare

    TNT Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    BTW, I do have a contract for my mowing.

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