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Old 06-05-2021, 09:01 AM   #1
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this seems extremely silly and childish however its came to a boiling point. the landscaper that has been cutting and maintaing our property here in Moultonborough complains about dog poop in the backyard. so my wife every Thursday morning before they arrive goes out to scoop the poop. is it possible we may miss an area sure but in all honesty we have a beautiful house and nice property and we do our best to keep it looking that way. so yesterday one of his workers said there was like 5-10 piles in the backyard which i find to be a total lie and that he had to wash off the tires and there going to charge me more because of this. I find it all to totally false and the negativity that we have been getting is not right i could see if the yard was covered with poop but thats not the case. just curious how other folks would handle this??? thanks for the input
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Old 06-05-2021, 09:22 AM   #2
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Arrow Times Are Changing...

At my winter home, the garbage collector won't pick up a neighbor's garbage because it smells of (two large-ish) dog poop.

My three small dogs' backyard poop got a power-rinse every afternoon.

Twenty-five years later, it's like I lived in a different Time.
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Old 06-05-2021, 09:36 AM   #3
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I think you may misunderstand the landscaper. He may be telling you he has no interest in continuing to mow your lawn because of the dog poop. He may think his crew is already working at 110% over the summer months, and he doesn't need any extra headache.

I'm not opining on whether he's being reasonable, only that you might keep in mind that his bargaining position may be stronger than yours, and you might consider that being more diligent on the dog poop is easier than finding a new landscaper.
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Old 06-05-2021, 09:39 AM   #4
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Default Reverse Landscaper Photo Trick...

...Each time my landscape company comes to cut the lawn, one of their crew takes pix of the freshly cut and cleaned yard. I'm guessing they do that so that if I were to call and complain about something, they have pix to protect themselves. (I have also had furniture delivery people do that, by the way, too).

So....after you clean up the dog poop the day before or the day of your mowing, take a few pix to prove that the yard is clean. Then, when your guy states that there's sh** everywhere, you have your photo evidence otherwise.
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this seems extremely silly and childish however its came to a boiling point. the landscaper that has been cutting and maintaing our property here in Moultonborough complains about dog poop in the backyard. so my wife every Thursday morning before they arrive goes out to scoop the poop. is it possible we may miss an area sure but in all honesty we have a beautiful house and nice property and we do our best to keep it looking that way. so yesterday one of his workers said there was like 5-10 piles in the backyard which i find to be a total lie and that he had to wash off the tires and there going to charge me more because of this. I find it all to totally false and the negativity that we have been getting is not right i could see if the yard was covered with poop but thats not the case. just curious how other folks would handle this??? thanks for the input
Well you could terminate him, but then you're stuck with the issue of trying to replace him. Good luck with that as long as Uncle Sam wants to pay folks to stay on their couches and collect........
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I use to tip the workers every other week to avoid this situation


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If not too much extra, I'd pay it while looking for replacement landscapers.

Alternative two is to kick them to the curb and take care of business yourself until you find a replacement.

In either case, I wouldn't be working with this place very long. Unless you've got a couple Great Danes, puppers can't be making that much of a mess... especially if your wife is picking much/all of it up.

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Just pick it up every day.


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Thankfully my dog likes to poop in the woods.

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This is a really crappy thread!
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Bingo !

I tip most all contractors and delivery folks. Funny, but I have never had any issues.

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Buncha lightweights! Running over poop is part of the job!
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The landscaper likely has a keen knowledge of the tight labor market. His crew could leave tomorrow to work at another company. He is trying to reduce aggravation for them with the intent to retain them.

While the piles described may be exaggerated, there is still some poop. They are cutting the lawn because it is tall enough to do so. Picking it up the day before the cutting means that the poop patrol is happening with tall grass and success is least likely.

As suggested above, daily poop pick up might help. I would also consider a cordial conversation with the parties concerned.

If an alternative landscape company can be found be sure to ask about poop in the interview. You may discover that you are already with the right company.
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Your landscaper works for you. You don't work for him. Your relationship has soured. Yet, he is holding you hostage?
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If they have otherwise been doing a good job:

Explain that you appreciate their overall work. Then explain that you do your best to clean up. Then offer them a bit extra to check for #$% prior to mowing or to clean up after. If they have a positive response then good. If a negative response, time to move on.

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this seems extremely silly and childish however its came to a boiling point. the landscaper that has been cutting and maintaing our property here in Moultonborough complains about dog poop in the backyard. so my wife every Thursday morning before they arrive goes out to scoop the poop. is it possible we may miss an area sure but in all honesty we have a beautiful house and nice property and we do our best to keep it looking that way. so yesterday one of his workers said there was like 5-10 piles in the backyard which i find to be a total lie and that he had to wash off the tires and there going to charge me more because of this. I find it all to totally false and the negativity that we have been getting is not right i could see if the yard was covered with poop but thats not the case. just curious how other folks would handle this??? thanks for the input

Let me get this right... you're upset at them because they've asked you to pick up your dogs crap? I guess I'd be more concerned you don't ...
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Pick up your dog crap. Itís disgusting.

Iím sure youíd make sure thereís no poop if you were having friends or family over.

Get over yourself and be a decent human.
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Say, sky's, maybe you could engage Epic Seaplane to do a fly-over and pinpoint the location of the poop so you can be sure and clean it all up.
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Or, get a different dog. Mine is pad trained and never has to go out. But, she only weighs 4#. There are real limits to this method.
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Let me get this right... you're upset at them because they've asked you to pick up your dogs crap? I guess I'd be more concerned you don't ...
it is picked up every day and espicailly the morning before they cut if you saw my property you would see we dont live like pigs.
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Well, this really stinks.
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Well, this really stinks.
Not only stinks, but very hard to handle this! 🙄
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Not only stinks, but very hard to handle this! 🙄
It sounds like it hasn't hit the fan yet, but it's close.
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It sounds like it hasn't hit the fan yet, but it's close.
Love the humor we all need some thanks everybody for the advice. Best to all.
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My landscaper of many years has never mentioned the dog, except to say he's reluctant to put a lot of chemicals on the grass because of the dog. Sticks, leaves, grass, dog poop, whatever, all gets picked up mechanically and goes someplace to be composted. We tip, usually, at the conclusion of a major job (hardscape projects, drain and clean the fish pond, etc) a few times a season.
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My landscaper of many years has never mentioned the dog, except to say he's reluctant to put a lot of chemicals on the grass because of the dog. Sticks, leaves, grass, dog poop, whatever, all gets picked up mechanically and goes someplace to be composted. We tip, usually, at the conclusion of a major job (hardscape projects, drain and clean the fish pond, etc) a few times a season.
We normally tip as well this issue has gotten so blown out of proportion for personall reasons that I won't get into. All good summer is here best to all
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