Hauling grass: Indy business handles junk removal and lawn mowing

Hauling grass: Indy business handles junk removal and lawn mowing

Indianapolis homeowners rely on highly rated Schott Services to haul away everything from busted TVs and old sofas to out-of-tune pianos. Beyond junk removal, they also hire him to provide weekly lawn mowing and yard maintenance, spring cleanups and stump grinding, among other yard work.

The seemingly hodgepodge of junk hauling and lawn services works well for owner John Schott, allowing the one-man operation to stay busy throughout the year. It also affords customers the opportunity to have a go-to guy for a variety of services they can’t or prefer not to do themselves.

He offers the Indianapolis lawn services only on the Southside, but travels to Marion and surrounding counties for hauling.

2012 Super Service Award Winner:

Schott Services

Owner John Schott founded the Indianapolis company in 2003. He earned the Super Service Award in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Southside Angie’s List member Jackie Allison has been one of his repeat customers. For the past three years, Schott performed yard work and provided other lawn and junk removal services.

“One of the best things about him is he comes by and checks to see if the yard needs mowing,” Allison says. “A lot of mowers just mow, but he checks with me and says, ‘I don’t think it needs to be mowed.’ And if he sees something he thinks should be done, he lets me know.”

She also appreciated his attention to the environment. When Schott hauled away a bedroom set Allison no longer wanted, he donated the items for her — one way he helps prevent items from landing in a landfill.

Schott says he tries to be as green as possible in all the lawn work and hauling services he offers. While he knows that not everything can find a second life, Schott donates usable furniture to local non-profits, such as St. Vincent de Paul, and he recycles all metal, appliances and electronic waste. He also takes yard waste — branches, brush, leaves and trees — to highly rated GreenCycle on the Southside of Indy to become mulch and compost.

As a small business owner, Schott prides himself on his communication and honesty about what he can and can’t do.

“I’m not an expert in everything, but I’m a hard worker,” he says, adding that he’ll recommend that customers hire a certified arborist or horticulturist if he finds a problem beyond his scope when mowing the lawn or performing lawn maintenance.

At 30, Schott knows the physically demanding labor of hauling and lawn service isn’t something he’ll be able to do forever, but he hopes his young children will someday be able to take over and carry on the same work ethic he grew up with.

Because his large family wasn’t well off, he says he began working at 13. After working through his teens at a greenhouse and then for a friend’s lawn business, he launched Schott Services a decade ago.

The business has grown a lot, thanks to his work ethic, but he says he will continue to primarily work alone and occasionally call in reinforcements from the ranks of his nine siblings.

“People like that they get to deal with the same person start to finish,” he says.

The Super Service Award recognizes contractors and health care providers that have maintained a stellar rating on Angie’s List throughout the past year. Be sure to always check the List before hiring, however, as ratings can and do change.

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