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Question DetailsAsked on 7/17/2013

what is the etiquette for tipping lawn care workers?

I've contracted with a local company to mow my lawn. I pay via credit card. Each time they mow, they leave an envelope that I assume is for a tip (it has the name of the worker and the date on it). The envelope is from the company with the companies address.

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If you have the same crew every time, it is customary to give $20-50 per worker or so near year-end, depending on whether they are just mowing the lawn or spending several hours on flowers beds, shrub trimming, etc.

If you have a different worker each time and want to tip, you might talk to the secretary at the company about whether they are required to pool tips, or if each tip goes to the specific worker whose name is on the envelope. If the former than the annual tip multiplied by the number of workers who usually do your place on a given visit could be done in one lump sum.

If a different person each time and they do not pool tips, then to tip you would have to mail a tip each time in each envelope, if you feel a tip is in order. If you do not have a regular gardner/lawn boy, usually they are not tipped.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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