Back when I first got my forever home, I interviewed several landscapers, checked referrals etc. I went with guy #1, seemed nice enough, knew what he was talking about, etc.
Twice, I have had to reach out to find out when he would be coming to do the lawn, do I have a set day (never communicated) perhaps? Nope, the reply was that he tries to get to all of the lawns (he has 40 including some commercial properties apparently)by the end of the week.
Twice, I have had to remind him to please weed wack or physically remove any weeds/poison ivy that may start growing in the walkway to the front steps.
He had asked me permission to repair what we assume is plow damage, for a small fee, it is bad for his mower, etc. Sure, no problem. I have since followed up twice about getting it addressed.
I got a quote for a small step repair (he specializes in masonry), told him "at his leisure" but since followed up twice. Reply has been, "Yeah, I have your and another really small job that would take me all of 15 minutes." Umm . . pretty quick way to make $$ that he is charging (fair price, BTW), but he never gets to it.
He is keenly aware that I have some plans for landscaping out back next year, I got a general quote to get some idea on how much a project like that would run me, so I can save for it.
While we've had some rain on/off this past week, since the end of last week, the weather has been very nice. Gave him a pass as it was Father's Day weekend, fully expecting that he'd show up Mon, Tues if not, certainly by today. Nope, nothing.
While I am not looking for a golf course lawn, this is what I am looking at:
I messaged guy # 1, asking him to please send me a bill for June services to date (he does monthly billing), stating that unfortunately, I can no longer use his services. As I am typing this, he messaged me back, asking if there is a reason. I'll reply with something like, "I will be trying someone else who hopefully can address my lawn care needs (mowing, Spring clean up, plow area repair, keeping the walkway clear of weeds/poisson ivy)more consistently, and in a timely manner. You are a pleasurable person to work with, I am left, however, that your landscaping business takes a back burner to your other commitments."
So, I reached out to another landscapper who my plumber highly recommended "after being dic*ed around" as attentive, shows up, easy to work with etc. He remains interested and will put me on to start next Tuesday, as that is the day that he is in this area. He is coming over tomorrow to give me a quote on clean up, and to confirm the survey lines. Like guy #1, this one plows as well. I have another guy (who I used for dumpsters and who is lined up to address my driveway)who I will reach out to for the masonry repair of the front step.