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Yes the weather is getting better. We all are looking for warmer weather and getting our yards resued from the winter throws.

As you know, the economy is still not the best. Many are still losing their jobs and not finding work.

I formed a lawn service business six years ago and I have noticed that because of the down economy many are supplementing because of their lost jobs by cutting grass. I have been seeing more and more trailers being hauled behind cars and pick-up trucks with lawn equipment on them. I’m not putting someone down for doing so, but I have heard some real war stories of people hiring these down and out people to be their lawn care person only to find several things missing from their property or being charged for work not done.

My recommendation before hiring a stranger to have access to your property is to have them supply referrals of others they have worked for. Also, ask if they have insurance. If they get injured on your property you could be facing a law suit.

If they insist on being paid only in cash, be aware. Be sure you have an understanding of what services they are to perform and for what price. It is best if you have this agreement in writing so that there will be no missunderstanding of additional charges after the job is completed.

Ask if you might contact some of their other customers if you feel uncomfortable.

Some communities require lawn services of any kind to be licensed by the town or community. This can be some assurance of the validity of the person you are about to hire.

I’m looking forward to this summer and I hope all of you will have the best ever.

We all take our lawn tractors for granted and ignore the safety instructions that comes with them. Since retiring, I have started my own lawn service business and have been in contact with several others that do the same.
It amazes me , how many try to operate their equipment on steep grades. I know several men that have been seriously hurt by riding their mowers lengthwise along a hill. This is especially dangerous with a lawn tractor because of it’s high center of gravity. Turning the wheels even slightly while on the side of a hill will cause the tractor to over-turn. The correct way, if not too steep, is to mow the grade up & down; not sideways. Make sure your tractor’s braking system is working correctly. A mower can run away on a steep grade . If the brakes are not adjusted correctly an accident is inevitable.

Posted on May 27th, 2007 at 04:04 by Alex Smith in Lawn Equipment Safety,Lawn Tractor Safety - Comment (1)

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