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Ok, I have gardners who come and work on our yard every Saturday. Front yard and back yard.

A few times they have broken some things of mine that I keep in the yard, like 2 bird feeders they have broken but I never said anything. They broke a stepping stone and I never said anything. How they manage to break these items, I don’t know. Careless gardening? They don’t give a crap about my stuff?

Last weekend they broke one of my turtle statues I have in my garden by the front door. How the guy manage to break that is beyond me. But now I am pissed! I haven’t said anything to them but I am thinking from now on I will start deducting this money when they break something out of the check I give them each month.

Should I do that? Can I do that? or is it my Responsibility to move my yard decorations out of their way before they show up as to not have them get broken? What a pain in the butt that would be but if thats what I have to do. What do you all think? and what would you do?




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My son has a lawn maintenance business. I asked him what he does and this is what he said.  

If the yard decor is in the yard part where I’m cutting the grass then it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to have it moved for me to come in and cut the grass.  If the yard decor is in the flower beds or shrubs and it gets broken then it’s my responsibility.  If I’m suppose to be working in a part of the yard and there is stuff that can be broken then it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to move it.  But...if it does get broken no matter whose responsibility it is they should tell you!  

So...hope this sheds some light on that situation.


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      Cc-u wrote Oct 15, 2011
    • Just speak to the manager of the business.  Tell him what is happening & tell him you expect a deduction off your next bill.  If he doesn’t comply, just take your business elsewhere.  Seriously, a lot of people are looking for work; why should the shoddy workers get any business?  Plus, you didn’t hire them to break your stuff, right?




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      Tuliplady wrote Oct 15, 2011
    • Fire them!!!!




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      Lazylola wrote Oct 15, 2011
    • Ditto!




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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 16, 2011
    • My son has a lawn maintenance business. I asked him what he does and this is what he said.  

      If the yard decor is in the yard part where I’m cutting the grass then it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to have it moved for me to come in and cut the grass.  If the yard decor is in the flower beds or shrubs and it gets broken then it’s my responsibility.  If I’m suppose to be working in a part of the yard and there is stuff that can be broken then it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to move it.  But...if it does get broken no matter whose responsibility it is they should tell you!  

      So...hope this sheds some light on that situation.




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      Frannie1964 wrote Oct 16, 2011
    • Thank you Mary for asking your son.happy Now I know I have to move my yard decorations before they come. That sucks, I never knew that.

      Thank you Ladies for your comments.heart




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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 16, 2011
    • I think they should have explained that to you too before ever working in your yard.  Then everybody would have been on the same page and maybe some of your stuff would have not gotten broken.  But they also should have told you it got broken too.




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      Frannie1964 wrote Oct 16, 2011
    • Oh and they never told me about any of the things they broke. I guess they thought I wouldn’t notice. I notice everything. They really don’t speak english very well either. guurrrrrrr!!




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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 16, 2011
    • That is what I’m saying...they should have told you before ever working in your yard that you had to move the yard decor and when they did break your stuff...they should have told you that they broke it...and the language should not have been an excuse.  They should have told you.




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      Denise Richardson wrote Oct 16, 2011
    • Frannie, was there a contract involved with this hired service?




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      Victorious wrote Oct 16, 2011
    • I would tell them that the next time they break anything I will be deducting it from their pay or fire them and let the new person know from day one that you will be doing this in the event of any damages. Why should you move your stuff....People need to be more carefull....I had some one working for me in my home....The 1st day she stold my money from my bag and my iron stopped working...2nd day she broke my new iron board and burned a hole through the padding cant even tell you about the 3rd day...That was a disaster....That was it for her....No more workers for me for now....I bought me a swiffer wet & dry and a duster ....I will be getting a dryer next...they have no respect for peoples property.




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      Tuliplady wrote Oct 17, 2011
    • I don’t think you should have to move the yard decor.  They should  be more careful.  

      If you were hiring a cleaning lady, you wouldn’t move your teapot collection so she could dust the shelf, why should you have to move a turtle so they can mow the lawn??

      Find a new lawn service and tell them right up front what you expect from them.  You are the one with the checkbook, you are the one in control.




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      Marya1961 wrote Oct 17, 2011
    • Speaking from experience with all the gardening I do, at the farm where I volunteer there are lawn sculptures and such and I have never seen any of the workers destroy or run over anything, so IMO I have to agree with Tulip.  Now if you have some very delicate decorations, it may be worth it to move those things, but bird feeders and a statue, hmmm, that surprises me...those men must have been just plain careless and irresponsible...hire a new company is my suggestion!




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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Oct 17, 2011
    • I agree with Mary, if it’s not in the contract that the lawn care provider is responsible for moving yard decor, and it’s really important to you, you should move the items.
      Yard work and in home work is completely on a different level. If someone is going into your home, they should be bonded and very trustworthy.
      Maybe, renegotiate the contract with the company. They may charge a little more but might be willing to move everything before doing the yardwork and putting it all back once finished.
      The workers should be more careful, but these days (for some) it’s all about getting in and out with little care.




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      Angelcart wrote Oct 17, 2011
    • I agree with Mary as well.  However, if I had something delicate and was worried about them breaking it I would move it.  I do agree they should have told you that they broke your items.




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      Frannie1964 wrote Oct 17, 2011
    • The problem is, I don’t have any contract with them. We found them working on someone else yard in our neighborhood and asked if they can do ours. I don’t think they are with any company.  

      Thank you everyone for your commentshappy




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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 17, 2011
    • Then I would get someone else then.  Breaking that many things is really excessive.  They seem to just not care if they do or not. Good luck Frannie..




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