Why do some people think we are just uneducated poor fools who cannot get a better job than mowing grass? This really irks me. I personally have over 16 years in this business. I grew up on a farm and currently am attending Oklahoma State University for a hort degree with a 3.5 gpa. I also have a criminal justice degree. I may not know everything about every type of grass, flower, shrub or tree (I do know how to look them up in my books) but I do have a wealth of knowledge regarding "green" stuff stored in my head. Why are lawn guys not considered like a tradesman. Electricians, plumbers and mechanics get premium prices for their work, and in a lot of cases their tools and equipment cost much less than ours and require less maintenance. Is it because a home owner or businessman could get out and mow it themselves if they really wanted to? I guess most ordinary Joes just see a mower costing $100 or a weedeater for $50 at Wal-mart and don't understand that quality work requires quality equipment. It is funny how many people always have a question when they find out what you do, like "I have a plant that is doing this" or " Why did this die". My pet peeve is when some asks what can be done for this but does not want to hire anyone to do it for them.Always wanting free advice. Do they do this to electricians? or plumbers? We are professionals too.