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john jones replied to Sean Payne's discussion Tripod Ladders
"I've got 3 Henchman tripods: 8'; 12' and 16'. The 8' lives in the back of the van (transit SWB low roof) and I couldn't be without it. It is very manoeuverable and you can throw it around one handed. The 12' lives in the garage and comes out from ti…"
57 minutes ago
Andrew Liddle replied to Andrew Coates's discussion New Venture
"I started gardening about 4 years ago.  Some things I'm glad about in hindsight include:
Completing Level 2 RHS certificate.
Getting PA1/PA6 licence.
Buying decent tools, van.
Getting business initially from personal canvassing (which wouldn't be po…"
1 hour ago
Colin Hunt replied to Craig Flatters's discussion How long till we stop mowing?
"Also, annual contracts are very important at this time.  
2 hours ago
Graham Taylor replied to Craig Flatters's discussion How long till we stop mowing?
"This is why its important not to have the majority of your work with grasscutting.... With garden maintenance,  there's always other work to do in a garden in a dry spell.   "
4 hours ago
Bradley grimes, Vincent Clark and Chris Eames joined Landscape Juice Network
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Paul foster replied to Craig Flatters's discussion How long till we stop mowing?
"Lawns are bone dry here in north London, could be a long old summer if this continues, don't normally have to look around a job and save something for " next time " till July , August, I assume this is on record for the driest spring?"
7 hours ago
Adrian Noble replied to Craig Flatters's discussion How long till we stop mowing?
"Bet you wern't expecting to have the dreist Spring after the wetest winter on record!
Having these long dry spells is not good for business as people wanting estamites seem to dry up. "
7 hours ago
Mark replied to Craig Flatters's discussion How long till we stop mowing?
Just outside Crewe here - yep finding the same as you. Lawns very dry and stressed, very little growth. I'm discussing the situation with clients when I arrive - coming to a joint decision re mow or not. Most lawns up to now have taken a mow /…"
8 hours ago

New Venture

Hello everyone.I am new to this site and been doing a lot of research on starting up a gardening services buisness.Im in the process of closing my cafe buisness with my wife for the last 12 years sadly due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.Im 53 now and want to get stuck in to being outdoors,doing the basics,ie hedges lawns pressure washing weeding,etc,but I also want to gain knowledge and get more involved.The nervous part is sending out flyers.Any replies will be most welcome.

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8 Replies · Reply by Andrew Liddle 1 hour ago

Lawn feed without weed and moss kill

Hi all hope you are all safe and well.Simple question that's proving hard to find a simple answer too.Got a customer with a very mossy lawn, we've  decided that feeding what grass there is is a better option than killing off the moss, its about 50% of the lawn. My plan is to try and encourage the grass to grow and compete more with the moss, also to not cut the lawns too short , always has been in the past.Just need a fertiliser that will improve the grass without killing the moss.Any…

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10 Replies · Reply by Sean Clarke 23 hours ago

Fencing quotes

Hello . I've built a fair few fences but always for myself or freinds, funnily I've never done any for my gardening buisness. This week though I've had 4 requests out of the blue and I have time in a couple weeks to take them on. I don't want to sell myself short but I'm not sure on pricing. I'm in the central belt of Scotland and would be greatfull if any of you guys could advise a linear meter cost for say a 1800x1800 larch lap on 100mm posts excluding materials and a  price for vertical slat…

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1 Reply · Reply by Colin Hunt yesterday

Bosch Rotak 43Li Ergoflex problem

I've been using the mower for the last 3 months for the smaller gardens the end of last week it was intermittenly cutting out, used for one lawn this morning then on the second one it wouldn't start. All the batteries are fully charged tried a different battery still same, checked  the battery compartment it looks ok no debris in there. Any ideas, thanks 

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5 Replies · Reply by Chris yesterday

New Holiday Pay Regulations

Any thoughts on the new holiday pay regulations?  Looks like it'll be a real pain calculating holiday entitlement for employees working  irregular hours.

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1 Reply · Reply by Duncan McLaren on Tuesday

Tripod Ladders

 Currently in the market for the 3 leg adjustable tripod ladders. Trying to work out what's the best average height one people use.  Also any recommendations on brand to go with?  Will be picking a smaller set up and the very largest set.  Ideally need a NW stockist. 

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8 Replies · Reply by john jones 57 minutes ago

Etesia Bahia/hydro what’s high hours?

Looking to buy an etesia hydro 80, the one I'm condsidering has 1300 hours on the clock it's a 2006 Kawasaki engine, looks in pretty good condition, I'm just a bit unsure how many hours is considered high on these, don't know much history about it other than that, considered a Bahia, but I'd rather a hydro tbh, also with a Bahia they don't have hour clocks, so could have even more hours on, what do we think? 

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1 Reply · Reply by Andrew holt on Tuesday
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