Resident clues us in on the Hoe truth about name.
Let’s face it, if you’ve seen the “Dirty Hoe” truck around town, you did a double take (just like me) and wanted to find out more information. I verified that Sandi Munson happens to be a Trenton resident, and thought she would be really interesting neighbor!
KK: So it is on the minds of all your neighbors: Why did you choose the “Dirty Hoe” for the name of your landscaping business?
Munson: I am a master gardener and hold a degree from MSU. My husband and I researched and brainstormed names and the “Garden Maiden” (for example) just wouldn’t have gotten the same great response as we have received the past three seasons in business. It was the smartest decision we made.
KK: In marketing your business you definitely want to be catchy, but I am positive you have some good stories along with your busy landscaping schedule.
Munson: Definitely we have had some very disgusting calls, but we really do have more positive comments than anything. I was asked for my autograph at the Wyandotte Street Art Fair and I had a lady call me one time laughing so hard she cried to let me know my truck was so funny it made her day. One man called to see if we could come out in Daisy Dukes and bikini tops as a gift for a bachelor party. We do offer gift certificates, but I am the only woman on the team, so I don’t think my Hoe Crew (yes, that is what they call their manly crew), would like that.
KK: Has anyone ever been offended?
Munson: Ninety-nine percent of our feedback is positive, but we did have two calls (from ladies) who were offended, until I explained the business and asked them to look up the word HOE. We are a hard working, dedicated and professional business. We are currently having a big run on our lawn signs though; it seems guys are putting them in their “Man Caves.” So we sell them on line http://www.thedirtyhoelandscaping.com/#!contact and we are copyrighted now, too.
KK: Your husband works for DTE, but does any of your family work with you?
Munson: Of our four kids, Zack, 19, and Nick, 23, help with the business.
KK: Even though it’s seasonal business, it seems you are busy year round.
Munson: Yes, if we’re not mulching or landscaping, we are raking or snow plowing and I also volunteer at the local college mentoring and as a teacher aid in horticulture in the winter. The biggest challenge is making time for my own lawn, but I’ll sure take care of my neighbors.
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