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Old 10-13-2008, 07:59 AM
 
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Hi all,

i'm going crazy with these lawn moving people showing up for a few weeks and then they stop coming. This is the second guy that has just stopped coming and cutting my grass and i have no idea why? I pay on time and to the agreed price yet still they leave without notice. Can anyone suggest lawn moving people? What I am looking for i s someone to cut the grass, blow, trim and pick the weeds on bi-monthly basis for around $30-$40. Thank you in advance.
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:17 AM
 
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Try Casanova Lawn Services. They have been doing my lawn and always due a top notch job. 281.639.0050
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Sugar Land, Texas
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Wow, they ding you for $40 up there in "the Ranch"?

I find them just by looking for trucks w/ lawn trailers parked along streets in the neighborhoods... ask if they have a business card, rates, etc.

No idea what to tell you about the ones that disappear. It happens. I had a guy mowing my yard in Spring for about 5 years and one day he up and disappeared. All phone numbers disconnected, never came by again. What do ya do?
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Old 10-13-2008, 02:47 PM
 
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Call these guys, they do my yard and they do a pretty good job.

Turf Plus - 281-222-LAWN
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Old 10-13-2008, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Smile Lawn Service problems

The lawn service companies are very busy after the hurricane cleaning up yards and cutting up trees etc. I know that their regular business is lawn care but right now the money for them is in cleanup after the hurricane.

For the $40 you pay them to mow your lawn it's much better for them to spend their time doing cleanup jobs that pay much more.

Also just a mention. I came from California and Arizona and I can't beleieve that these people charge as little as 25 bucks to do a yard. Folks, that is Third World Wages. This is supposed to be a first world country. I mean you expect them to Mow the lawn, trim the edges and blow it all clean as well as trimming shrubs and taking care of weeds. This is ridiculous.

Imagine working outside all day in this horrific heat and then paying outrageous prices to fill up your gas guzzling truck, driving through traffic all day and mainaining all the equipment. We need to be more fair to our serice people here. I mean this is a luxury? Right?
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Old 10-13-2008, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Cinco Dinero
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I don't know his number, but we use Tomas Mora Landscaping. $25 for a Bi-weekly mow, blow, and rake the mulch. Say what you want about slave wages, but this was his quote. And his crew does me and my neighbor as if it is one lawn, at the same time... both yards done in 20 min flat. There are several others (2 are friends of mine) here in the same Cinco SW neighborhood. So the crew makes one neighbor hood "drop", and clears a couple hundred. Beats the dude that drives just to your house for $40 and leaves to another neighborhood

So I say talk to your neighbors, see who they use.
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Old 10-13-2008, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land, Texas
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I pay mine $25, but they do it in under an hour, man. $25/hour and he probably doesn't report the income to the IRS, either. They line it up by neighborhood and do a schedule. He does 14 yards in this neigbhorhood in one day. 14*$25=350 probably tax-free... Not bad for someone who may or may not have a high school education. I'm not saying I want to do it, but it's what they do and they wouldn't do it for that price if it wasn't economical to do so.
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:38 AM
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My lawn guy quoted me $25 also, but like other posters, this guy does a number of yards in my neighborhood and they are in and out. Now, I did start giving him an extra $5 this year because I thought $25 was too low with the increase in gas prices and I had requested that he raise his mower blades (St Augustine grass should be cut much taller than he was doing it). Well, he only did it that once. And the blades of my grass are shredded because they aren't sharpening the mower blade enough, if at all (which can weaken the grass and make it more susceptible to disease). And they will cut the grass every Tuesday, even if the grass is sopping wet, even if it is under stress (drought) and shouldn't be cut that day. So, even though I hate cutting the lawn, I am thinking about doing it myself so that I can have the lawn I really want to have.
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Old 10-14-2008, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Sugar Land, Texas
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Yeah, your $25 lawn guy isn't really into long-term lawn care as much as making it look good at that particular moment and moving on to the next one.

If you're from here, though, you probably realize that you can pretty well beat the crap out of the lawn and it will still grow back here when we get a good rain. I've had huge dirt patches that filled in with healthy grass within one year of regular watering & mowing.
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Old 10-14-2008, 06:59 AM
cla
 
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In New Orleans, all you ever had to do the grass was cut it - never needed to fertilize, water (rained all the time). Always green and lush.

We almost never got a good rain this summer in Katy (at my office in Houston - rain all of the time - back home - zero), so the grass seemed to always be stressed and trying to maintain a healthy green lawn has been a lot of work, and the lawn guys are probably making it worse. :-(
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