Thursday, June 28, 2018

Kentucky Weekend Getaway

I know this has absolutely nothing to do with lawn care, but having writer's block, I am going to write about a recent weekend getaway trip I took to Bowling Green, Kentucky.  For those of you who do not know, Bowling Green is about an hour north of Nashville off I-65.  I found out about this place after stopping here with family back in 2008.  This was now my fourth trip.  I will start with the southern most hot spots and work my way north.  Off east exit 22 was our hotel, a Quality Inn, a mediocre hotel with great breakfast and the allowance of pets for an additional fee.  The day receptionist was simply wonderful.  The room was small yet clean, the beds comfortable, and the shower had a few draining issues, but I would definitely stay here again.  Head west on exit 22 (Scottsville Road) you will soon come to the Greenwood Mall which by no means is a Wolfchase Galleria, I would say a bigger, better Oak Court Mall with a rad food court.  Of course the original intent to visit this mall was to go to Old Navy and purchase their flip-flops on dollar flip-flop day which of course I was a day off and had to pay full price.  I sucked it up and still walked out of there with a bag full of summer delight shoes anyway.  

Shortly yonder of this mall is perhaps one of the greatest cave systems I have personally seen in Kentucky called Lost River.  Along with gem mining, you can hike beyond the butterfly exhibit, zip line amongst the trees, become one with a blue hole, but most importantly experience one of the many hidden features of Kentucky, the Lost River Cave, an underground cave that you can explore upon a river.  Naturally, this place is pet friendly.  

If you get back on the highway and head north, exit 28 is where you would get off and head west to Beech Bend.  If you have children, I would highly recommend spending an entire day here.  You will find that 39 dollars will get you an all day pass to both the amusement and water park where they also provide SPF-30 sunscreen.  The amusement park itself contains one big wooden roller coast and a few small ones while the rest of the rides will remind you of ones you will see at a county fair.  There is also a petting zoo, which only consisted of goats and not the fainting ones either.  Unfortunately, being pregnant, I was limited on the stuff I could do so I spent much of the day in the lazy river. 

Exit 48 off I-65 is what you would take to go to Mammoth Cave National Park which consists of over 400 miles of caves.  Now, I personally have not been to this cave but eventually intend to.  This is one of the largest tourist attractions in the area.  
Five miles north of that exit is my favorite exit in Kentucky for a multitude of reasons.  Number one, the world's best A & W fast food restaurant exists here.  The nearest one to here is off exit 108 in White House, Tennessee but I would strongly recommend avoiding that one like the plague.  This exit, number 53, will lead you to some rad little general stores and gift shops if you head west.  After you pass these stores you will come to Kentucky Action Park.  I spent 35 dollars for an all day family pass.  This allowed the kids to ride the ski-lift countless amounts of time.  At the top of the ski-lift, they could head down the mountain in a competitive manner on what are called alpine slides or if I felt like splurging some more, zip lines.  Aside the alpine slides, there are bumper boats, bumper cars, go-carts, and mini-golf.  There are many other things to do on this strip like Dinosaur World, a wax museum, fudge factory, and a Mammoth Cave animal exhibit we have done in the past along with other things that we have not attempted yet.  
Just a few miles north you will approach Horse Cave Kentucky's Kentucky Down Under.  This is a must stop.  From the outside it appears to be rather lame, but I promise this is a great way to spend the afternoon.  This place is dog friendly as long as leashes and good behavior entail.  Basically, it is a smaller Australian dedicated zoo with good food at a fairly inexpensive price.
I cannot really tell you much more about what is north of this exit.  I personally know that in Elizabethtown, the Comfort Inn & Suites is a nice hotel to stay.  North of that is Louisville, but other than a family wedding, I have not spend much time there but plan to in the future.  Kentucky is a place I would seriously consider relocating to, but of course not until the kids are grown.  The crime is low, the education system is better, and the people seem friendlier.  Kentucky!!  Just go!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Reputation To Generate Leads

It had been brought to our attention from several customers that certain lead generating sites have been using our name and good reputation to generate leads.  They use our name to lead you to believe that you the customer are going to receive an estimate from us and only us.  However, this is not the case.  By going to these sites, your information is being compromised and sent out to multiple companies that may or may not be an accredited business, have a five star rating, or the reputation we withhold.  We strongly advise you and those you refer to us, to simply give us a call directly, follow us on any social networking site, or this website alone. We cannot stress this enough that these lead generating programs are simply in it for the money.  Please refer to our very first blog entry from 2016.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Past Due

Since we have started this business eleven years ago, we have never raised our rates or assessed late fees.  As times become tougher, the overwhelming amount of customers who wait months on end before making any payment, yet still expect services to be rendered, increases.  We finally have decided to start charging late fees.  As this is a business, we count on customer payments as they count on our services.  Along with standard business expenses, we have employees to pay, equipment to be serviced, rent, etc.  Last year alone we charged off several thousand dollars in unpaid services.  Please comment below to discuss any concerns or thoughts.  Thank you to those who pay in a timely manner.  We do appreciate everyone's business and referrals.

Monday, January 29, 2018

2017 Bartlett Holiday Parade - December 2nd, 2017.

We found that the parade was one of the best and cheapest forms of advertising, not to mention it was a total blast.  It was wonderful to get the family and entire team together for this fun-filled Saturday afternoon.  We had two crew members operating zero-turn mowers and spinning all over Stage Road while in the trailer two of the guys were letting it snow!!!  Mrs. Claus was even unloading stockings filled with candy to the crowd!!

Tips for next parade:
1.  Bring a tire repair kit.
2.  Buy more candy.
3.  Do not drink an entire pot of coffee beforehand.
4.  Do not walk the parade in heels.