Who trims the fence?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bob, Sep 10, 2000.

  1. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,262

    Here's the lay-out. You have a customer that does not have a fence. However the neighbor on the right side has a long chain link fence. Do you trim the fence line or leave it for the neighbor to trim?
  2. Bobby

    Bobby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    I'd do my side if it's on the property line.

    OBRYANMAINT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    i would trim it sometimes remember you want your customer to see a sharp yard ,a little extra work it worth tyhat in my book
  4. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    it depends on your agreement with your client as to whether you trim the clients side of the neighbors fence.

    in my opinion, if it's not in the agreement and the fence is more than a nominal amount...it's no trim.

    it's a shame if grass growing through a chain link fence make your nice mow job look like crap but that's the breaks.

  5. SKDCO

    SKDCO LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Spray it w/ an herbicide(on your side, 1/4 to 1/2 strip)and keep on going. No fuss,No muss.
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    If one side of the fence is on your customers side, just trim it. That could be the difference in them giving you a great reference or just an ok job reference.

  7. Doug406

    Doug406 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    No Doubt, If you do not trim the fence you are nothing but a money hungry lawn care butthead!! Trim the fence, add it to the price if you think it is nessesary for profit. But trim the stinking fence and start being proud of the work you do or get out of the buisiness. It is about time that we call ourselves professionals by doing a quality job, is'nt it!
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,697

    Trim the fence, no doubt. I have a couple of customers who have chain link fences and the neighbor doesn't trim on their side. I just go over there and trim it when it gets unruly.
  9. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    I do a lawn with 2500ft of fence,I trim it all,the neighboring businesses lawncare companys do not trim and it grows thru the fence making my job look bad.I got permission from the warehouse to trim it once already,just so my job looks ok,I think ill be getting both neighboring jobs next year,if i bid them.
  10. Chuck Sinclair

    Chuck Sinclair LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    Sure am glad to see i'm not the only who would trim the fence! The way i see it the fence was there when you gave them the price for the job and it most likey looked like CRAP then so you knew what to expect!

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