Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

The Government called, "Mow your lawn!"


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 07-07-2008, 12:26 AM
GottaMow GottaMow is offline
Ben
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 12
Rep Power: 7
GottaMow is on a distinguished road
Default The Government called, "Mow your lawn!"

Reprinted without permission from The Columbus Dispatch July 6, 2008


http://dispatch.com/live/content/loc...U.html?sid=101


Nobody's home
Flood of foreclosures means weeds are shooting up all over
Sunday, July 6, 2008 3:36 AM
By Jane Hawes

FOR THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

JONATHAN QUILTER | DISPATCH
Brandon Walker of Walker Lawn Care mows down the tall grass behind a home on Fieldcrest Drive in Delaware. He was hired by the city to maintain the lawns of foreclosed properties, which is a growing business in Delaware and elsewhere.
DELAWARE, Ohio ** As Brandon Walker steered his riding mower toward knee-high grass that had engulfed the bottom of a backyard swing set, he passed an abandoned push mower in the garlic-mustard weeds along the side of the home.

The home on Delaware's east side is in foreclosure. Walker is one of two lawn-mowing contractors hired by the city to deal with the growing problem of out-of-control lawns at abandoned properties.

The city issued 160 citations in May for grass higher than 12 inches, about half on foreclosed properties. In all of 2007, there were 392 violations.

"We're not trying to be the grass police," said David Efland, Delaware's director of planning and community development, "but it's important to pay attention before it becomes a problem."

Unmowed lawns around vacant homes have become yet another symptom of the foreclosure crisis, and Delaware isn't the only community reporting a surge.

Throughout Delaware County, where foreclosures rose 85 percent between 2005 and 2007, property maintenance is becoming more of an issue. And in Columbus this year, lawn violations are up 14.5 percent from last year.

That increase is most likely due to the rate of foreclosures, said Cynthia Rickman, a spokeswoman for Columbus' Department of Development, which handles code enforcement.

Molly Mooney, Delaware's zoning code enforcement officer, said abandoned houses' neighbors often call to complain when the grass gets too high. Some will mow the lawns themselves.

That's what Josh Frame started doing when he realized his neighbors were gone for good. He was pleasantly surprised to see Walker doing the job recently.

"It just started looking pretty trashy," Frame said. "I wanted to keep the neighborhood looking nice."

This year, ReBuild Ohio, a consortium of local government and civic organizations, studied how abandoned properties affect a city. Looking at 25,000 vacant and abandoned properties in eight cities, the group calculated that these properties cost their communities $64 million in lost tax revenues and municipal-service expenses. Those services include code enforcement, maintenance, fire and police calls, boarding and demolition.

The cities, which included Columbus and Zanesville, were able to recoup only $486,000 of those costs.

Lenders who hold the mortgages for the foreclosed homes are responsible for their upkeep. Some banks pay third-party contractors to maintain the lawn and remove garbage.

"It's Chase's responsibility because ultimately we own the home, but it's not like the bank employees are going to do it," said Christine Holevas, a spokeswoman for JPMorgan Chase. "There are companies out there that are thriving in this market. If there is a home that has been empty for a month or couple months, we would ask the company to continually maintain the appearance. If it looks like there's no one there, there is a danger for vandalism, and no one wants that."

Even when banks take control of a property, it's often hard to find the person responsible for arranging upkeep at the empty home.

Cities try to recoup the money they spent caring for the home.

Delaware's two contractors mow lawns for an average $35 per hour. In Powell, Development Planner Eric Fischer said, the city has hired a part-time code-enforcement officer to handle the rising workload and has developed an escalating scale of charges for lawn mowing that tops out at $500 for the third offense and beyond.

"We end up mowing it and then liening the property," Fischer said.

Dispatch reporter Joey Nowak contributed to this story.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 07-07-2008, 01:18 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,279
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Very interesting story!

What does this mean to you? Why did this catch your attention?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"green leaf lawn & Landscape" AMW Graphics Truck & Trailer Sign Design, silk screened apparel & uniform discussion 8 11-30-2007 01:29 PM
"Lawn & Order" needs graphic assistance Steve Graphic Design Discussions 0 05-17-2007 02:56 AM
Quickbooks error "Class not registered" Gopher Tech Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 0 08-03-2006 01:51 AM
Online Business Face Possible Internet "Toll" Steve General Business Discussions 0 04-22-2006 12:43 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
Today 07:45 AM
by SGL1
8 207
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
Yesterday 11:22 PM
Yesterday 11:22 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
0 27
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
Yesterday 07:52 PM
by SGL1
8 179
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
Yesterday 07:05 PM
by rekon32
6 233
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 84
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 130
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 82
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
08-18-2014 02:52 PM
by Steve
7 189
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 810
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 362
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,266
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 549
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-15-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
99 5,867
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,713
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-13-2014 03:34 PM
by Steve
3 139
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 173
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 274
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 137
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 371
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 255
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 370
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 385
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 647
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 204
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 283
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 180
Battery power tools or...
Steve
08-07-2014 12:24 PM
08-07-2014 05:18 PM
by mattthelawnguy
2 187
My client just told me...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-04-2014 08:39 AM
08-06-2014 11:14 PM
by grassdoctore
12 507
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
08-06-2014 02:03 PM
by Steve
13 1,117
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
08-06-2014 01:40 PM
by Steve
20 1,320
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
08-06-2014 10:29 AM
by eastsidelandcare
5 561
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
08-05-2014 07:12 PM
by TheBeast
30 1,907
Late charge
Simon Abousaada
07-30-2014 07:23 PM
08-05-2014 06:46 PM
by TheBeast
12 760
buy out a lawn care...
rvezakis
08-05-2014 01:38 PM
08-05-2014 06:40 PM
by TheBeast
10 449
Please help
unitedlawncare48867
03-26-2014 08:29 PM
08-05-2014 05:27 PM
by TheBeast
27 1,549
Help with Estimate
donslawns
08-02-2014 09:10 AM
08-05-2014 02:24 PM
by Steve
6 417
Stuck again!!!!
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-01-2014 11:02 PM
08-05-2014 09:05 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
10 432
Mow and leaf cleanup bid
SGL1
07-29-2014 07:28 PM
08-05-2014 07:22 AM
by petscanning
25 916
Building credit
Matther777
07-27-2014 05:20 PM
08-04-2014 06:53 PM
by kslawn
17 705
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
08-04-2014 01:09 PM
by Steve
48 5,742
long time no see
Tuscan Gardens
08-02-2014 03:21 PM
08-04-2014 12:04 PM
by Steve
1 258
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
08-04-2014 11:58 AM
by Steve
2 289
trimming back shrubs
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 06:14 AM
08-04-2014 11:52 AM
by Steve
6 394
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 06:13 PM
08-04-2014 11:50 AM
by Steve
3 328
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-02-2014 07:55 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
24 3,477
Easy money
stevef1201
11-14-2013 10:17 AM
08-02-2014 01:03 AM
by stevef1201
3 1,486
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-01-2014 11:42 PM
by TNTurf
1,186 327,960
Echo Edger 'Neutral'
WesleySnips
07-25-2014 05:28 PM
08-01-2014 01:50 PM
by stevef1201
7 517
Buy a good company at a...
Steve
03-12-2011 06:38 AM
08-01-2014 01:44 PM
by Steve
2 1,924
Employee wont return...
Prolawnofchatt
06-13-2014 03:12 PM
07-31-2014 09:59 PM
by WesleySnips
5 796
» Popular Tags
4wd advertisement apartment bid article marketing bid charge christmas lighting christmas light service courtesy call credit card processing customers decorating escrow estimate exmark ferris fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely gravely 34" zero turn hardscapes hills holiday holiday decorating holiday lighting how much to charge introduction john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website leaf leaf removal lighting managing a lawn care business marketing native plants new buisness new mower online classifieds outdoor environments patio install payment podcast property management company push versus ride redmax reo scag scripts search engine optimization seo snow starting a business starting a lawn care business steve stihl theft toro turfgrass consulting walker zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:15 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:15 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy