Contractors Wanted: Does it Cost Extra to Ruin Our Plants?
I have a serious, deep-seeded loathing for contractors right now. I even put off exercising tonight just to rant about my experience. Here’s the scenario [as I pound on the keyboard], the glass company was scheduled to replace two side living room windows with tempered glass. Upon coming home from work today, I discovered that my Winter Daphne was split, I mean split, in TWO. What in the freak happened?! Were the installers playing trampoline in the middle of my daphne? Un-freaking-believable!
This isn’t the first incident of planticide committed by hired contractors. Below is a picture of my poor Aspidistras that were trampled by a company my neighbor hired to replace our shared fencing. They had been there for two years and cost almost $10 a piece! Why in the world do they not say, “hey lady, your plants are in the way. You might want to move them if you don’t want them ruined.” I would have gladly dug them up temporarily until the job was completed. Not to mention they replaced the fence in late fall when it was pouring rain. Now the already clay soil is like concrete.
More Plants Damaged by Contractors
- One Peony by the concrete people. How? Who knows. It was no where near the pathway for their wheelbarrows.
- One Rosemary Bed by the concrete people. Sure, why not use my herb garden to rinse the concrete off your grimy tools.
- Three Potted Clumping Bamboo by the fence company. Oh, while you’re spraying finish on the neighbors fence, why don’t you give my bamboo some color too.
- One Winter Daphne by the painter. Yep, same plant, but first offense by the painter. We had even pruned all our plants away from the house to avoid this very problem.
- All Foundation Plants by the painter. What do you mean you don’t cover my plants before spraying my house?
What To Learn From My Mistakes
- Ask your contractor how they deal with homeowner’s plants. Possible questions to ask up front: Will you cover all the plants before painting my house? What plants will be in your way? Do you move them or should I move them [I recommend you moving them]?
- What is your policy for replacing the plants you do ruin? Oh yeah, and I don’t mean a 1 gallon replacement, I planted this [whatever the plant] 5 years ago.
- Absolutely do NOT pay your invoice until the job, the clean up, and the plant replacements are to your satisfaction.
Well, one blog post and one beer later…I finally feel better. But now I feel bad for not exercising.
How have you protected your landscape from hired contractors? Please share for the benefit of others.