What are some signs that I should fire my current landscaper?

Written by Gene Caballero on September 29, 2014

It’s not you it’s me!  Whether you are hiring a professional to mow the lawn in Franklin, Tn or to cut the grass in O'Fallon, Missouri. There will always be time when you are not happy.  So when should you throw in the towel on the relationship with your current lawn care provider?  I am a 15 year veteran in the industry, so I’d like to offer my guidance.

We let’s not make any snap judgments, remember, the next guy could be even worse! Maybe it’s easier to work it out with your current provider.  Here are a few scenarios:

He missed a week… Did it rain? Perhaps he is behind… If it happens once or twice that’s understandable, but if it’s an ongoing issue, it’s time for a change. After all he needs to be making your life easier.

He scalped the yard!  Your precious yard.   Not much that can be done here, and he probably doesn’t know any better, this is a good sign that’s it’s time to move on

He spilled gas, fertilizer, and weed killer and killed of a patch of the beloved lawn.  OK, take a deep breath, let’s give him the opportunity to make it right, if he doesn’t have it replaced with new sod in a week or so, then it’s time for a new professional.

Your lawn isn’t thick and healthy, he is doing a good job on the mowing part, but there is weeds and the turf is sparse…. Well, that’s a typical scenario, are you paying him for a turf fertilization and weed control program?  No?  Then it’s not his fault,  if you are paying him for fertilization services, then it’s a better idea to have that part performed by a specialist that only does turf applications, and keep the mowing portion with your current guy.  Rarely is one service great at both parts, they really are two totally different animals that require different disciplines and equipment.

One more…. He won’t mow you on the day you want, Friday… Well this depends on how bad you want to be mowed on that specific day.  The thing is… everyone wants their lawn mowed on Friday, so you may have to pay a premium.

Before you make a rash changes , it would be a good idea to call around, get pricing, and interview other professionals BEFORE you cut him loose.  When you do, jump on GreenPal,  get 5 quotes back from the best pros from your area,  in hours, not days.

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