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Hadden Landscaping Complaint - Irresponsible! - Landscaping / Yard Work

Review by REDFL on 2007-12-13
75070, TEXAS -- Today when I was working at home, I heard the sound of lawn equipment. When I went to investigate, I found four workers from Hadden Landscaping tearing out my landscape beds! When I questioned them, none of the four spoke English, so I had to ask in broken Spanish, WHY they were doing this. They had the list of addresses in our subdivision that apparently they had been told to "weed on an as needed basis" from our homes association.

Since they get paid by the job from the Homes Association, they took it upon themselves to begin tearing out our new (30 days old) landscaping, without determining if work was necessary. Since the crew got caught at it, they scrambled to try to fix the mess they made and then the four of them ran off as quickly as possible, leaving a torn up yard and damaged landscaping.

BEWARE of this group--if you hire them, expect them to send an irresponsible crew with no English skills. They are greedy and hoping to get paid for unnecessary work.
Comments:6 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-03-20
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-12-13:
If they were on your private property then you may have a case of vandalism against the landscaper.
Posted by Principissa on 2007-12-13:
Take pictures of what they did, send copies to the landscaping company as well as your HOA.

If this was residential private property it's vandalism and you can press charges or get them to replace the landscaping. Also go to the police and file a report with them as well as provide pictures to them of the damage. That is terrible. If they had any questions as to whose house they were supposed to weed they should have asked. Not tear up your landscaping and scurry off like roaches when they get questioned.
Posted by Slimjim on 2007-12-13:
No doubt about it. Take this up with the HOA. They either need to be held accountable for the actions of their contractors or assist you in getting satisfactory reparations from them.
Posted by Principissa on 2007-12-13:
The more I read this the angrier I get. My mom has a HOA and if her landscaping is not up to par, they will make her fix it. It's part of the HOA agreement that she signed. So I can only imagine if someone from the HOA sees this poor homeowners torn up landscaping what they will say. I really hope they do something. This is just wrong.
Posted by flyfisherkev on 2008-03-13:
I have known Hadden Landscaping for over 25 years and they have done a lot of projects for me and my former company. My guess is that the issue lies with the HOA, and some volunteer or bimbo who gave inaccurate information to the landscape company. I'm not unsympathetic to the homeowner, I just think he/she jumped to conclusions. The property is obviously part of a common grounds area, or the landscape crew would have had no reason to be there. It is also obvious that the work was authorized by the HOA...go after them before you assume it was the landscape crew. By the way, I now have my own landscape company and Hadden is technically a competitor of mine, but I don't like seeing any company maligned before all of the facts are determined. If it turns out that the company was at fault, contact them...I assure you they will make it right!
Posted by REDFL on 2008-03-20:
To Flyfisherkev:
I am fully aware that my flowerbeds abutting my house are NOT common area. Premier Communities JManagement Company in Dallas manages our HOA and they subsequently apologized for their goof, however, the behavior of the Hadden staff was unexcusable. They were looking to be paid on a per-job basis and rooting up every yard in the neighborhood for their own gain and then scattering like roaches when they got caught at it.

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