The sweaty man looked at me with a raised eyebrow. In his heavy Mexican accent he said, “Hey Brett, what are you doing with your backyard?”
“I’m going to put in a huge-ass patio, some grass and some aspen. “ My backyard is all dirt. I just moved into a brand new house.
“I can do that for you. And I’ve got a big shipment of aspen coming in next week.”
“The couch goes in the basement. Why would I hire my movers to do my backyard?”
He grunted while he lifted an end of the couch over his head. “Oh this. I’m just helping these guys out. I have a landscaping company.”
“What’s it called?”
“It’s my dad’s business. I run it now. We’ve had it for sixty years.”
“What’s it called?”
“You should see the aspen. You won’t find any better.”
“The couch can go by that wall over there. I don’t know man. I just spent all my money on this house. What is the name of your landscaping company?”
“I’ll give you a great deal. You just tell your neighbors about us, but don’t tell them my price.”
He leaned in closer and said “Fifty bucks a tree. Plus $25 per tree for planting and setting them.”
I had just gotten a proposal from a legitimate landscaping company in the neighborhood and they quoted $225 per tree and I’m not sure if that was with or without labor. “They must be tiny saplings. I don’t want to be a giant amongst my aspen trees. “
“No no man, they are great. Fifteen feet high. We just planted a whole bunch for some guy over in Park Hill.”
“I don’t know hombre. Send me a picture. And put those boxes upstairs please.”
The next day I got four calls from this guy. He texted me a photo and they looked pretty good but it was hard to tell because they were all piled in a flatbed. I told him to meet me at my house.
I now have ten aspen trees planted in my backyard of dirt. I wrote a check. It was payable to the guy’s alleged name.
They did a great job moving and it was cheap. The moving check was written out to a guy named Shorty. The aspen trees are beautiful. The mover is coming over next week to give me a proposal for the patio. He also said he “has a guy” that does window well grates. I wonder if he can help me get a sweet couch and rug for the family room. Room and Board isn’t a cheap store. I could also use some tickets to a concert at Red Rocks. I wonder if his window well guy can help me out with that.