Friday, January 06, 2006

The lawnmower man

I've just fired the guy who has been doing my lawns for the past few years. That is, I left a message on his phone asking him to please send me the final bill, which is no doubt enormous by now because I haven't received one from him for maybe a year now (and don't think that means he's forgotten to charge me), because I've made other arrangements.

I think fifteen bucks to mow a couple of postage stamp-sized lawns is exorbitant, because he leaves most of the grass clippings behind (mostly plastered all over the walls of the house), and doesn't bother trimming the bits down the side of the fence. So he's gone, matey.

The lawnmower guy has been irritating me for a long time now, but I never got around to doing anything about it. But the other day a complete stranger, who just happened to be a competing lawnmower guy, started chatting to me outside my house. He was friendly, seemed to appreciate that I hate hearing the sound of a weedeater at dawn, and Baby liked him. Plus, his lower legs were completely covered in grass. If that isn't the sign of a dedicated grass cutter I don't know what is.

I will keep a close eye on him though, in case he morphs into a giant gopher-like lawn-eating creature from the Stephen King story.

6 comments:

no milk said...

a couple of years ago, our cleaning lady FIRED ME. i'll have to write about it in a blog post sometime.

happyandblue2 said...

Good luck with the new guy.
And I hope the old lawnmower man isn't mad you are dumping you and sends you a huge bill..

Nigel Patel said...

Being an apartment dweller, I haven't had a lawn in a dozen years. When I lived at home I handled the lawn and hedges. They were okay but I'm a lousy gardner otherwise.
I'm glad somebody better stole the guy's business.

onscreen said...

Maybe the guy used a can of spray on grass to make him look dedicated.... you could always do waht I do and let the grass grow..... don't think my neighbours like my approach though;-)

glomgold said...

Sounds like that old lawnmower guy got a little too comfy so probably a good move on your part.

Violet said...

no milk: let me think...did she find some inappropriate "family" videos? ;-)

happyandblue2: I can't even remember the last time I received a bill, so it probably will be huge.

nigel: my next house (ha ha) will have no lawn - just bricks, gravel and wood shavings.

onscreen: if he did then he's using pretty good stuff. It made him look like he was made of grass!

glomgold: I reckon. My mum uses the same company, but it's a different guy (she's in a different part of town) and apparently he does a really good job.