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George Stephens, course manager at Tiverton Golf Club in Devon, claims that Sherriff Amenity has provided him with the ideal tonic to help the greens combat stress and aid root development.

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Dylan Thompson, grounds maintenance manager at Colliers Park, believes that the Dennis PRO 34R far exceeds every other rotary mower he has used in the past.

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SISIS Osca justifies pitch investment

Once Warwick School had decided to invest in a new synthetic pitch, Grounds Manager Duncan Toon felt that the SISIS Osca 3 tractor-mounted oscillating brush was the only machine that could maintain the new surface effectively and truly justify…

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Torin replied to Christopher Schroeter's discussion Virtual Landline Number
"This is a tricky one because i agree it does look more professional with a landline number, i tend to just give out my mobile to clients and advertise just my landline on vans, website etc as i don’t want nuisance calls from company’s trying to sell…"
1 minute ago
Torin replied to Corin Doyle's discussion Commercial paving
"Hi Colin this is not my field as i am 90% domestic and im sure someone else will come along with more knowledge, but have you tried the Government Contract finder website for contracts over £10k ? there are other websites that deal with suppliers an…"
19 minutes ago
Andrew Betteridge replied to Daniel Edwards's discussion New Builds and garden drainage problems
"The volume housebuilders strip the top soil and run heavy machinery over the subsoil creating a hard pan, then spread the top soil back over upon completion.
Unless the hard pan that is under the top soil is broken up, slit or drainage installed the…"
17 hours ago
Corin Doyle replied to Daniel Edwards's discussion New Builds and garden drainage problems
"A planning requirement maybe but not a regulation. Planning requirements are down to local councils. I have never seen landscape architect designed gardens on a housing estate with the appropriate drainage and I've worked on a few. 
I've worked for…"
17 hours ago
Pete hughes replied to Pete hughes's discussion Petrol pressure washers
"Yes I do the same. I fill bin then draw water ffom
ill look online for dual pumps"
20 hours ago
Nigel McDonald replied to Pete hughes's discussion Petrol pressure washers
"With a whirl a way a ordinary tap can not feed enough water. You need to fill a receptacle. I use a 245 litre bin which I fill before starting and my pressure washer draws the water from it and returns the water it is not using.
i get all my kit fro…"
20 hours ago
Nigel McDonald replied to Pete hughes's discussion Petrol pressure washers
20 hours ago
DigBandit replied to Colin Hunt's discussion Company Christmas Cards.
"I tend to exchange cards with all my clients over the years - I just like indulging in the spirit of Christamas bonhomie - last year,and for some reason - ALL the cards from clients came with much appreciated  Brucie Bonus' of cash and drink ( an ag…"
21 hours ago
Corin Doyle replied to Daniel Edwards's discussion New Builds and garden drainage problems
"I worked in heavy civils and the gardens are never taken into account and landscape architects are never consulted as its not required under any sort of regulation. So what happens is they just get dug out to the level required with zero thought abo…"
22 hours ago
Jon Davidson replied to Colin Hunt's discussion Company Christmas Cards.
"Have decided today is the day to start writing cards to the regular customers as I think its important to thank them and then continue in the New Year"
Vic 575 replied to Sam Aldis's discussion Cowboy Landscaper Experiences
"There are inherent problems with the idea of giving two quotes like this. The more expensive way will be the proper professional way of doing things which will produce the very best results and critically, will last, looking good for many years to c…"
Nick @ NM Garden Services Ltd replied to Harry@VWGS's discussion New Van for garden maintenance.
"Fiat Ducatos are pretty good for 3 men sat in the front, Merc Sprinters are slightly better (and class leading) in that respect. We have both as well as a Ford Transit which is most definitely squashed in the front with 3!"
Sean Payne replied to Sam Aldis's discussion Cowboy Landscaper Experiences
" See this a lot. 
 Also see it from the otherside. I've been asked to qoute the cheap way then the correct way. Can guess which qoute is normally accepted. If this is the case it's always documented that the client has wanted to take this path"
Sean Payne replied to Daniel Edwards's discussion New Builds and garden drainage problems
" I think with these new builds drainage is completely overlooked as every single one I've done is saturated constantly "
Sean Payne replied to Harry@VWGS's discussion New Van for garden maintenance.
" I've currently got 2016 lwb Renault trafic. Within less than 3 years I've clocked 40k+. Averages 34mpg with nearly full max payload in back. 
 Drives like a car, has all car features and is comfortable. Only issues I've had is headunit, clutch mast…"
Adrian Noble replied to Harry@VWGS's discussion New Van for garden maintenance.
"Does anyone know of a van which will take three in the cab comfortably.
We have Renault Masters and three in the cab is a squash! Another 6" wider would be good."

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Commercial paving

I'm really hoping someone on here can help me.I'm looking to get into installing paving/kerbs/hardscaping/streetworks to highways standards for a metreage rate (measured works/price work) for large contractors, councils etc. I'm finding it quite hard to find out how to get into this sector. I worked as a supervisor on these installations for years and know everything involved from a practical point of view eg. standing charges, RAMS, insurance etc. As well as the installation methods obviously.…

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1 Reply · Reply by Torin 19 minutes ago

Hedges/Shrubs against walls

A question... do any of you have to maintain a hedge against the wall of a building with a gap (the suggested is 10cms) between the wall and the shrub/hedge? - These shrubs/hedges go all round the building, creating the gap is one thing, maintaining it year on year is quite another - also it being a local authority building the rubbish we find on site rivals anything you would find clearing the verges of a main road - creating a litter store behind the hedges will increase that problem 10 fold.…

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6 Replies · Reply by Alan Neath yesterday

Petrol pressure washers

I’m looking for some advice on what petrol pressure washer is good for using with a 18 inch whirlaway surface cleaner. I have a 3600psi washer but not sure if the litres per minute Is good enough as I have to move the surface cleaner very slowly to avoid leaving swirls.anyone know a good machine that doesn’t cost a fortune?  

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9 Replies · Reply by Pete hughes 20 hours ago

Virtual Landline Number

Hello Everybody, Does any one use a virtual landline for their business? When I started out I was looking at ways of making the business more professional. I personally dont like it when a company only has mobile numbers. I dont use a landline at home any more and most of the time there would be no one to answer it anyway. I found a virtual landline provider which is geographic, 01388 Bishop Auckland, so customers already know I'm local to them. It automaticvally diverts to any numbber you…

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4 Replies · Reply by Torin 1 minute ago

Advice on mulching mowers

Hi Guys,I have been cutting domestically now for about 6 years I'm based in northern ireland  but been thinking of buying another ride on mower.I was wondering what the thoughts are on zero turn mulching mowers and whether there is more established grass cutting firms that use mulching mowers to cut domestic gardens on a fortnightly basis? Whether this is possible? I tend to think it may not be as growth rate might be too great for this type of mower.Also been looking around at kubota high tip…

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30 Replies · Reply by George Marshall Dec 8
"An open association like LJN is just a remarkable place. What you pay per year for what you get out of it is astonishing, and speaking personally, LJN has helped guide me from a new start up business into 5 years of profitable trading and I don't think I could have done that without access to the forum and the great contributors to it." Simon Land

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female landscaper/project manager – physic garden

Physic Garden – Project Manager / Landscaper Dec 19 – April 20 – part time – project based Freelance fee £8,000 Location – Nelson Lancashire Expressions of interest should include a letter, outline of relevant experience/CV and reference contact details by email to by 20 Dec 2019   Idle Women the arts and social

Landscape Gardener (commercial maintenance)

We have an open position for an experienced commercial maintenance landscape gardener, ideally with good handyman skills, to join our company due to contiuned expansion. Based in west Surrey, we work across the South/South East predominately for commercial clients. The candidate will have/be: Experience in commercial grounds / estates maintenance with practical handyman skills Presentable

Experienced landscaper

Lawnswood Landscapes are currently looking for an experienced hard landscaper to work on a variety of projects Based in Southwick over the past 9 years we have established an excellent reputation for our work and now looking to expand due to our increased work load. The ideal candidate will need to have at least 4

Casual help with soft landscaping

Seeking  some temporary help at a 4.5 acre garden in Oxforshire. A friendly team, we need help with preparing the garden for an upcoming event. All aspects of soft landscaping and garden care, some hard landscaping useful too.

gardener / domestic garden maintenance

Due to continued expansion and demand for our services we are looking for a new team member to join our small successful garden maintenance business. The applicants should be enthusiastic, fit, hard-working and able to hit the ground running with a willingness to learn. a full clean uk driving license is essential (minor points accepted)

Maintenance gardener

We are looking for a full time maintenance gardener to join our busy team. We deal solely with private, top end gardens in the Richmond area of South West London. Applicant must have a working knowledge of common garden plants and experience with the usual maintenance tools. A driving licence is preferred. Applicant must be


Are you looking for an exciting job where you can experience the great outdoors and have a meaningful impact on UK conservation? What better way to mitigate climate change and benefit wildlife than planting trees and helping to create biodiverse habitats. As the UK’s most experienced ecological consultancy and contractor, Ecosulis is  currently looking to

Hard Landscaping Specialist

Hard and soft landscaping specialist immediate start for the right person, must have construction skills in all areas ie block, stone, brick etc. good rates of pay, initially self employed. This is a great opportunity for the right person, as nearing 70 years of age I need to step back a little. So if you


Skilled landscaper required for immediate start with family run business installing high end landscaping projects in Gloucestershire.

Gardener required Saffron Walden

Great opportunity to work in a large developing garden  as Assistant to the head Gardener,  in a large country estate featured on our website. Also working at various other locations. Must be enthusiastic, hard working, motivated and a good team player. RHS qualified preferred. An ability to manage others and a Drivers licence.