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    How many can you mow around until you miss one, with the inevitable consequences?

    Maybe I'm a bit intolerant, but I now say no to any mowing involving 'dog' gardens. 

    Tried it, one lady has always been very good at removal, but still one or two do get lost in the grass, I put up with it and she hasn't come back this year so problem solved. Some customers seem keen to clear up before mowing and as time goes by they are busy or at work etc, that's it for me I'm gone. 

    I don't take them on anymore.

     

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    Hi John, there is a previous thread about this which is worth a read. For us we've tried a few approaches but the best way is to be completely straight at the beginning so everyone knows where they stand. We don't get the mower out if there is poo on the lawn and we have to charge for the visit. To be fair the vast majority understand that dealing with dog poo is not gardening.I do have one customer with 5 dogs, it was okay last season but we went last month and the  whole place is covered in a winter's worth. Even on the artificial grass round the pool! We're not going back unless he contacts us to say it's clean.

  • Mowing is fine... strimming however... eurgh!!!! Worst part of the job hands down! 

  • I just use a hoe and flick them onto an adjacent bed ............... only takes a minute and you you don't have to get too close to them with a hoe!

    • thats ok Graham as long as you do not tend the beds

      • Funnily enough, I do actually tend the beds but it doesn't seem to cause problems for me there.....there's not bucket loads of the stuff and it soon breaks down.

         

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    Most of our customers are on full maintenance contracts so flicking it anywhere is not an option. I also agree with Scott in that you won't always get them all. I also feel that dealing with dog shxx is not gardening so it is demeaning for people to expect you to do it. Get rid of them and find customers who value you as a gardener not a pooper scooper.

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    Fox shit and strimmers ..... Oh my lord!!!!

    And you can't ask the customer to clean it up really 

  • I like the sound of zero tolenance, and ditch the clients with dogs but so many people have dogs these days.

  • I do not expect my lads (or me!) to pick up dog sh*te and we let the customer know this - doesn't always work though!  

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