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Con man laid me dead turf



  • sjbailey94sjbailey94 Posts: 16
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,059
    That was very naught of him! 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • sjbailey94sjbailey94 Posts: 16
    Very indeed . X 
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,059
    Just thinking, have a look around and ask your neighbours if they know of anybody that’s had turf laid recently, sometimes these wideboys do a few in each area, although I don’t think you have any comeback as you didn’t ask for a receipt so no proof.
    as you say, lessons learnt. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,722
    So easy to be wise after the event, but getting work done by somebody who cold calls or sticks leaflets through the door is high risk.  I got caught myself many years ago when we wanted to widen the drive.  The guy talked the talk,  right info about depth to dig, hardcore, 4 inch concrete etc etc.  When I got home he wanted his money despite the job not being finished "Oive just go to finish the kerbing and oil do that in the morning sor".  I said I was fine with the kerbing being done the following day and that's when he'd get his money.  He wasn't happy but did finish the job.  It wasn't until weeds started showing through the 4" of concrete (yeah right) a month or so later that I discovered that all he had actually done was take the turf off, chuck down about an inch of scalpings and then an inch of concrete.
  • glasgowdanglasgowdan Posts: 632
    I'd always go with recommendation,. or with a company that's got a genuine local presence. I do sometimes put leaflets through doors if I have a gap to fill or a new service to offer, but people know my business name, where I live etc, so they can be assured it's only honest work they'll get. 

    What area in m2 is the lawn?
  • sjbailey94sjbailey94 Posts: 16
  • sjbailey94sjbailey94 Posts: 16
    Starting to look a tad healthier 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    Just reading through your thread -  what a dirty bandit.That's the polite version.
    However, I noticed you said you were watering 4 times a day. It might be more beneficial to throughly soak it morning and night, to give the water a better chance of getting down into the ground properly. It encourages the roots to go deeper, and will help in the long run. You'll be able to fill in the joins with some soil/compost, and reseed those wee bits later on as well  :)

    How about getting a mate to advertise the tools for sale, and then see if he turns up to buy them? Citizen's arrest.....;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • sjbailey94sjbailey94 Posts: 16
    Because I'm not sure by me keeping the tools then selling them would be selling stolen goods ... I've completely locked the garage and given the dogs the full run of house and garage as he doesn't like dogs so thought that would keep him out as I'm worried he will brake in to retrieve the tools but don't see why I should give them back so he can get away Scot free x such a dilemma 
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