Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

by beth on April 20, 2017

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I’m taking a long weekend to enjoy the end of spring break. So, I’m leaving you to entertain each other.

That means it’s time for another open thread. What’s on your mind this week, Southborough?

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1 Fancy April 20, 2017 at 5:35 PM

Seeking landscaper recommendations! We are looking for affordable, reliable, bi-weekly mowing–nothing extra, just the occasional seasonal shrub trimming. Someone organized and professional enough to bill regularly is essential (i.e. monthly vs. 10 months later/whenever they get around to it). We’d love someone who can be reached for add-ons, minor extra work without too much hassle to track them down.
The “big” landscapers in the area are reluctant to mow bi-weekly without jacking up the rate but with full sun and no sprinklers a weekly plan just destroys our lawn. We’re looking for names of people who will come bi-weekly. Thanks in advance for your referrals!

2 M April 21, 2017 at 10:29 AM

Fancy, Good Luck with this!
I have tried a few reliable local folks over the years, reliable in that they show up and mow, and my neighbors have used many others. No one does it right any more. You can find “landscapers” who will mow, or put down mulch, but they never prune correctly or at the right time. They cut all the buds off my azaleas for the next year. They destroy trees. They can’t even mulch properly! Billing has improved with inexpensive software for them, but never monthly. And as for extra work, projects that you can plan ahead and have done correctly? well for that, I give up. Folks I know who use the expensive service company have been disappointed as well. I even used a very big, formerly well-regarded nursery and they did such a horrible job that even they said they won’t provide planting services to customers any longer.
Landscapers aren’t making a lot of money. They use unskilled workers. It’s time-consuming to do it all correctly. I don’t know the solution. I would like to hire a “gardener”, someone who wants to be outside working and that would follow my instructions, since I do understand how to do the work but I’m just physically no longer able.
I look forward to see what others recommend here.

3 L April 23, 2017 at 8:05 PM

try hauck landscaping!

4 Attila Herczeg April 26, 2017 at 7:39 AM

Each year there are high schoolers wanting to earn some money and if you provide some guidance and they provide some muscle you may get those lawn tasks done. I suggest contacting Algonquin and ask them where you can post help wanted.

5 Todd April 20, 2017 at 9:23 PM

My topic: How do we prevent the very unwanted Park Central development? I live near Flagg Rd and it will become an extremely dangerous road. Common sense has to prevail here.

6 Trixie April 21, 2017 at 7:09 AM

Looking for a reliable window cleaning company. Thanks.

7 M April 21, 2017 at 10:36 AM

I love Men in Kilts. Yes, it’s a franchise, but the lady from Hopkington that owns it has wonderful workers. They are so polite and professional. They bring special tools for the skylights. I have used them a few years now and expanded to power washing in Spring and gutters in the fall.. 800-777-5458. Don’t be intimidated by the 800 number since they work closely with each franchise to schedule. And ask for discounts.

8 Tracy Baldelli April 21, 2017 at 3:14 PM

My dad, Mike Baldelli, here in town has a window cleaning company that he’s owned for 36+ year – Crystal Clear Cleaning 508-624-4097. I might be biased, but I think he’s the best!

9 Kate April 22, 2017 at 10:41 AM

Tracy, I completely agree with you. We used your dad to clean our windows last time we did them – he is meticulous. I highly recommend Crystal Clear Cleaning.

10 Tracy Baldelli April 22, 2017 at 7:18 PM

I’d like to add that my dad also does power washing, gutter cleaning, and basement clean puts if needed or after construction cleaning. I might be biased, but I think he may be better than Men in Kilts.

11 Sboro1992 April 23, 2017 at 8:51 PM

I’ve used Chrystal Clear – definitely would recommend them. They are the way to go. Conscientious crew.

12 Trixie April 26, 2017 at 9:01 AM

Thanks for all the replies.

13 Johnnie_D April 21, 2017 at 7:30 AM

Hey Fancy,

We’ve used J&J and Sons Lawncare for many years. Very reliable, do a great job and like you we get it done biweekly, since we do not have a sprinkler system either (waste of water)…so we let it grow longer , as it should.

They also offer spring & fall cleanup, plus a whole bunch of other services if needed.

Call Justin at 508-308-4663 or (508) 480-8838.

Good luck.

14 Matthew Brownell April 21, 2017 at 10:59 AM

Yes, agreed. J&J & Sons is great . . they have been cutting our lawn, and doing the snowplowing on our street for 13 years.

Contact Justin –

15 Fancy April 21, 2017 at 1:05 PM

Thanks Johnnie_D! Sounds like we have a similar situation with our lawns so I appreciate the referral!

16 mark dassoni April 21, 2017 at 1:16 PM

I attended warrant articles by citizens on Thursday April 20,they spoke on articles 6-7-8 for special April 25th special town meeting, it was educational to me as I just listen,I wish this group luck to get these passed, My only thank you is on using the Ashland recall bylaws to frame what is article 6, Mark Dassoni .

17 Matthew April 21, 2017 at 9:08 PM

I’m looking for a local roofer, any recommendations?
Also for a place to rent a vibratory plow for running sprinkler lines? Or a landscaper with one. I just don’t want the mess of a ditch witch.


18 sl April 23, 2017 at 9:33 PM

We used Southborough’s Ted Evangelous Roofing for our roof and they did a fantastic job (about 3 years ago). At the end of every day they go around the entire house with a large magnet to pick up an loose nails in the grass. We then had solar installed about 8 months later.

19 Fancy April 24, 2017 at 10:16 AM

We had an excellent experience with Dan Rogers roofing from Ashland. They’ve been a mainstay roofing business in the area for a long time and do a thorough job.

20 Anne Jones April 24, 2017 at 9:43 PM

Ted Evangelous and his crew do excellent work. In the process of putting on a new roof, they fixed a leak that another roofer tried twice—unsuccessfully—to repair.

21 Downtown Resident April 22, 2017 at 8:25 AM

In honor of Earth Day, I would like to draw attention to the new plantings at the Library. I believe that the Garden Club is responsible for all the beauty happening in that lawn! Many thanks ⚘

22 Downtown Resident April 22, 2017 at 8:29 AM

Oh! And many thanks to the DPW employees who care for the all of town’s lawns. You guys do a great job 🌻

23 concerned_resident May 10, 2017 at 10:32 PM

Hi Southboroughers,

Just a heads up for all pet owners or anyone concerned about feral animals and possibility of being attacked. Here in the southern end of town (Woodbury Rd, and near Southville Rd) we can very clearly hear two or more coyotes howling… at what who knows. Suffice to say that “Fluffy the cat” my be on the critters menu this evening if she is left out tonight.



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