It's interesting that you bring this up.
I don't use most of my neighbors lawn service because their lawns services do a crappy job.
There is one neighbor who I've been meaning to call to see who their lawn service is because it's the only one on the block I want to use.
I'm ok with the quality of my current lawn service. He used to do many houses on the street. But new owners or what not, he doesn't any more.
But I'm looking for a new service because he only wants to do what he wants to do. If I ask to do additional work (i.e. I'll pay him), such as clean up the alley because someone dug through the trashcan or to trim a hedge, he won't do it.... "I'm too busy". That's fine. but you are out of a job now.
In response to the comments:
- I don't care about privacy with lawn care, like I would with housekeeping. Everyone can see the front. The back? My neighbor's house is two story and it has a chain along the alley line. Never private.
- Most of my neighbors want the bare minimum - mow & go.... I don't have a landscaper but I expect a wee little bit more than mow & go... at least wipe down the mower before you start the job so I don't get all the weeds you have cut down at other places, make sure the sprinklers are set correctly, etc
- They look like "cheap illegal immigrants".... clearly do not live in a community with a lot of undocumented individuals. Trust me, as much as you red states want you to believe that illegal immigration pushes wages down - it doesn't. We have a government sponsored day laborer program in my neighborhood (yes, the city pays for a program for undocumented to find day work), they aren't working for $8 an hour....maybe $20 if it's 3pm and pouring down rain.