In an ever expanding list of cautions for lawn care business owners we now have to add robbery.
When I first heard that a lawn care business owner had been robbed, I thought a piece of equipment had been stolen from his truck or a customer hired him to perform some lawn care work and failed to pay.
According to Fredericksburg.com, a Virginia lawn care business owner was lured to a vacant property with a phone call. The caller claimed to be interested in having yard work performed on the property. When the man came to the property to give an estimate he was robbed of $500 in cash and a few credit cards.
We always try to lock our vehicles and secure our commercial lawn care equipment to guard against theft. Being robbed of the hard-earned cash in our pocket is something we will have to consider when giving estimates in new or unknown areas.
Chattanooga, Tennessee is one of many southern cities fighting a continuous struggle against the invasive vine Kudzu. Kudzu was brought to the southeast in the 1800’s from China as an erosion control mechanism. Kudzu almost worked too well as the weed continues to grow and engulf landscapes.
Since kudzu was planted to control erosion, it was planted mainly on rocky slopes that cannot be cut with conventional lawn mowers. Chattanooga, and other cities, have experimented with goats for a number of years. Goats are released into the kudzu and nibble away at the vine to control its growth.
Goats do such a thorough job tending to invasive vines, they are being employed in other areas where conventional lawn mowing is problematic.
According to a USA Today report, a vineyard in California has begun using goats where lawn mowers have difficulty mowing grass or where chemicals may seep into local water supplies.
While use of goats and sheep often costs less or the same as conventional mowing and chemical weed control, San Jose, California is willing to spend up to 45% more money to have a natural form of weed control than using chemicals and gasoline powered lawn equipment. They are willing to pay extra solely for the ecological advantage.
Readers of this lawn care blog often read our reports of the coming movement toward much more ecologically minded customers. If you haven’t believed it before, willingness to pay 45% more for lawn care (in San Jose’s case) should convince you to introduce ecological strategies into your lawn care business.
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