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Garden design series - Why this Garden Works

Each article is presented by landscape designer, Tracy Rich, who will examine a single garden and provide design tips based on that garden's layout, materials and planting.

Tuinen Mien Ruys

Mien Ruys' own garden in the Netherlands is the ideal place to start a new series on design articles on 'Why this Garden Works'.

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su is a great example of urban garden design. Its whole purpose is to help people relax and to inspire creativity by connecting with nature, even in the centre of town. 

Hauser & Wirth Garden

The main wow factor of this garden is the large perennial meadow out the back called Oudolf Field after its famous Dutch designer, Piet Oudolf. However, the gallery complex also contains some other very interesting spaces.

LJN members' landscaping projects

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Time tracking

In 2016 I started to track how long each job takes and how long I spend at lots of my different garden through jobber.  Jobber lets you start a timer at the start of the day and then when you arrive at a job start the timer, then once the job is…

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2 Replies · Reply by Andrew Watts 1 hour ago

Zero VAT??

Hi. I went VAT registered in March 2016 and have been having a few issues with my accountant, to the point that i am now changing (long story!) During a discussion today with my current accountant he started talking about zero rated vat for jobs…

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2 Replies · Reply by John Culpin 1 hour ago


Hi all, A question I should be putting to my accountant, but knowing how busy they are in January, thought I'd try this forum, always got good advise so far, so here goes. I have run domestic gardening business for five years. last year I got my…

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UK Landscape and Horticulture forum

Richard Gadsby replied to Adrian Noble's discussion Customer Benefits
"My phone won't paste a link
Look up naac contracting prices
Or just google agri contracting prices 2016-2017

300hp tractors going out at £63.96 per hour including man"
1 hour ago
Richard Gadsby replied to Adrian Noble's discussion Customer Benefits
"You could not charge a £100k tractor out at £140 an hour never mind a 10k machine.<br />
Take a look at this.<br />
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Can't add link in this comment I'll add in a minute!"
1 hour ago
John Fulton replied to Adrian Noble's discussion Customer Benefits
"above is a good example , the hourly rate can be a stumbling block because often we under estimate the length of time it can take to complete a job but feel its honourable to see the job through at a time cost to ourselves , charging by the job is g…"
1 hour ago
Paul Errington posted a discussion
The look of parks can be drastically improved by edging the beds and borders.   As a result of budget cuts it has been all-but abandoned. No doubt, it is seen as a time-consuming, labour-intensive job but can actually be very quick provided you have…
2 hours ago
Landscape Juice posted blog posts
2 hours ago
Richard Gadsby replied to John Fulton's discussion greasing a gearbox
"You can do that I do. I just don't cover the very end as in the flat piece as it can make fitting again awkward"
2 hours ago
Steven Mills replied to Steven Mills's discussion Large scale lawn renovation
"Thanks for your input."
3 hours ago
Graham Taylor replied to John Fulton's discussion greasing a gearbox
"I strongly suspect the 2 different Stihl greases are basically the same as they're both performing a very similar task........... bit like the fairly recent thing where a supposedly different medication was being sold for a bad back and then a heada…"
3 hours ago
Progreen Weed Control replied to Darren Walters's discussion Here's a tip
"...fill them with hot water to keep your feet warm..? ;-)"
3 hours ago
Progreen Weed Control replied to Steven Mills's discussion Large scale lawn renovation
"Looks like two different grass types anyway so its a good chance to spray off, power harrow, level off and re-seed the entire area. I do think you will need to import a bit of soil to maintain levels investigate the soil profile to ma…"
3 hours ago
Paul Errington replied to Paul Errington's discussion Which cordless brand?
"Thanks for your thoughts. I'll let you know which way we jump in due course"
3 hours ago
Abel Landscaping (Liverpool)’s photo was featured
Here we've transformed the whole garden which is approx. 400m2 area into a luxury usable space.  This project included contemporary waterfall, large decking area with the path along the garden. We're also created patio area using Symphony Vitrified…
3 hours ago
Mike Bradley’s photo was featured
Contemporary rear garden with installed seat and fire pit. Constructed by Avant Gardens (NE) Ltd. in Ingleby Barwick.
3 hours ago
Adrian Noble replied to Adrian Noble's discussion Customer Benefits
"I was talking to our local machinery dealer a few weeks ago and he told me this little story:

A customer of his (a contractor) came in to his depot one day and said that he had a lot of lawn mowing contracts lined up and needed to purchase a tracto…"
3 hours ago
John Fulton replied to Adrian Noble's discussion Customer Benefits
"A very good article and advice , Agree starting afresh puts you in a stronger position to negotiate a better deal without burning your bridges . "
4 hours ago
Harry@VWGS replied to Pauls Garden Services's discussion How many residential customers do you have??
"For me there is nothing less motivating than going to work each day and knowing that no matter how much i do I will only earn the same amount at the end of each week?"
4 hours ago



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