what things really bug you when working?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by greenerman, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. 1993lx172

    1993lx172 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,305

    Low branches
    Branches hitting me in the face or pulling my ear protectors off
    Mole tunnels and hills
    Bermuda grass
    No rain for two-three weeks
    When you run out of trimmer line at the end of the day with only ten feet of trimming left
    When you break down or run out of gas.
    Rough yards
  2. clydebusa

    clydebusa Inactive
    Messages: 1,660

    "Now I'm sure as hell not going to start calling neighbors of my customers to see if it's ok for me to mow and I really don't think it was unreasonable for me to be there"

    I would say this bothered you some.
  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Hmmm..sounds more like I'm not gonna let it bother me :p

    What I really meant was whatever it is, I just deal with it. Funny, but of all the things mentioned, neigbors crossing the lot line and scalping my account probably bothers me the most. It does allow for a great demonstration to the customer of the importance of proper cutting height though.
  4. Bob_n_weave

    Bob_n_weave LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    I got so tired of low hanging tree branches I just started cutting them off myself. Nobody has ever complained yet and if they do so what, fire me.

    Rose of Sharon bushes that are way overgrown and have bubble bee's all over them.

    Water meter's so deep that when my back tire goes in it causes me to scalp
    or have a zig zag stripe.

    3 1/2 inch tall tree stumps.

    100 foot water hose pulled all the way out across back yard. :nono:

    Trash- repeat offenders will get some confetti as a hint to pick up your trash
    if asking doesn't work.

    Dog crap- I mow around what I can see leaving little patches of tall grass :laugh: nobody has complained and if they do...

    The Postal workers that blow their horn because you are parked in front of mailbox and their is nowhere else to park.

    Customers that take 15 min to write you a check :dizzy:

    It has poured rain for 3 days, day 4 the sun comes out and customer calls asking if im going to cut their lawn today.
  5. STL Cuts

    STL Cuts LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 493

    I have this old lady I cut for and I kid you not, I rarely ever can even make it through her front yard before she creeps out of the house and flags me down and its always some BS like "Could you throw sticks over the back fence? Could you take your weedeater (I hate the terminology) over this area?, etc. I think some days, she can't find anything extra to ask so she'll flag me down and ask if I'm going to trim after I mow?

    It's such a pain to have to disengage the blades, set the parking brake, just to hear this stuff. And to top it off, its always stupid small things so it's not even worth arguing about lol

    I mean she really is a nice lady, just really annoying lol.
  6. JayD

    JayD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,062

    LOL.....Wow! I feel like I'm in a club, because I too have to deal with all these things, and here I thought I was the only one lol...

    Well, I agree with just about all of what you guys have said, but here are a few that no one has brought up...

    #1) How about those darn walk-way lights or what ever they call them... Hard to mow close to them and trimmer tears them up.

    #2) Too many darn mulch beds that no matter how you cut, you cant keep clippings out even with blade blocker.

    #3) Customers who have deep holes in their yards that unless you remember where they are, you could trip, or like me, once was backing up and turning around with W/B and almost fell on my a$$ while pulling the mower on me...Why do people not fill these?

    and on the dog poop issue.....I have gotten so fed up with this, I sent e-mails to them telling them that I am no longer going to deal with excessive dog poop. Either they pick it up or I do but with a charge....My worst one told me that they will pick it up, well that lasted for the first 2 weeks, so now they get charged for mower clean up fee...

    and on the ear muff topic....do any of you have the problem with your ears sweating so much while wearing them that they fill up with sweat. I just happened to grab mine the other day the wrong way and they started peeing all over the place. I could not believe how much was in there...and the tunes still work..
  7. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    I hate constantly telling the guy trimming the spots he is missing.:hammerhead:
  8. Hoy landscaping

    Hoy landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    Im definitly adding 2 new fees. the dog poop fee and a new pissed off fee. if i get pissed off at something while working. they get 5 bucks added on.
  9. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 22,186

    None paying customers :waving:
  10. Michdeere

    Michdeere LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I hate mowing when the wind is really blowing. The mower ends up plastered with clippings and so do I. You can't cut the entire property and not get blasted at least a few times. I don't know if it's worse when its dry and dusty, or when the grass is green and moist.

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