what would you do?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Dylan's Lawn Care, May 27, 2011.

  1. Dylan's Lawn Care

    Dylan's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    I have been mowing a lady's lawn for the last two years and every day i come to mow the neighbors is outside doing something. He has always mowed his lawn but this year i seen the mower tracks were different in his lawn but did not think anything about it. Came to mow her lawn on a different day then usual this week, just as i get there i see a guy in a old ford with a old john deere pull up and start cutting the neighbors lawn and 3 other neighbors next to him. Should i go over and ask him why he never asked me for a price or just leave it alone. I never did anything that would make the guy not like me because i only talked to him once. Also after they got done cutting my cut job looked allot better and he has a nicer yard then the lady i mow for does.
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,019

    Leave it alone. If he wanted he would of asked. Sounds like he went with Johnny lowballer anyway. When that old mower dies maybe then you should offer.
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  3. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 1,074

    Right. Leave it alone. He probably asked your customer how much you charged and opted to go with price over quality. Apparently your customer is happy with you or they would have gotten in on the deal the other 4 were offered by this guy.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yup, leave it the F alone, trust me you don't want to get your work this way, myob etc et al.

    Peace out
  5. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,019

    He's probably doing all 4 for what you are getting for the one.
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  6. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    I agree with all the above, leave it alone. The guy that is mowing could be his friend, nephew, son in law, drinking buddy etc. If he had wanted you he would have asked.
  7. rain man

    rain man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,794

    Doesn't play in as often as we might like to think.
    He already knows your price.
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Except when we do NOT want it to, then it counts.
  9. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,779

    Might be your pricing. Might not. Some people simply do not think. I've mowed places for 5 years, then see someone new across the street mowing the neighbor's. I always wonder why they didn't approach me, but then, I never approached them either.

    I seldom do this, but if you are trying to build your business, simply going to all the neighbors in the immediate vicinity of a property you service and giving them a business card and the old, "if you ever happen to be in need of lawn service" spiel is probably a smart idea. The neighbors may have simply seen a flyer or ad from this guy, or maybe he was mowing for one, and asked the others and they got on board as well. May just have never occured to them to walk across the street and say, "Hey, what would you charge to do my yard?"
  10. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,501

    i do a house on a road with about 8 houses or so...some other lco's do the other yards...i never approach a yard that someone else cuts...it's not a matter of can i get that account it's a matter of respecting other lco's...do you want someone to walk up to the house you are cutting and steal it out from under you? of course not...respect....something people need to learn to show alot more of in this world.

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