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Adam Woods replied to Charlie Manton's discussion Summer house base (MOT or not?)
"the instructions said "firm ground" - so we just scraped off obvious lumps then levelled with the minimum disruption possible to the surface. It was a shed for general storage.... not for storing a motorbike or similar.... I would think if it was fo…"
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Nick @ NM Garden Services Ltd replied to Andrew Midgley's discussion Feedback on Eliet Maestro Country Shredder/Chipper
"I reckon for £50 per hire you will be losing money due the wear, fuel and servicing requirements, not to mention time taken to load, transport, unload etc... Happy to be corrected!"
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Ben Pritchard replied to Graham Garden's discussion Employers look for?
"Chipper and aerial rescue, pa1+6, brushcutter."
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Chris R Selwyn-Smith replied to Andrew Midgley's discussion Feedback on Eliet Maestro Country Shredder/Chipper
"My Eliet Prof 4 works very well I keep in the yard and chip stuff I bring home and then compost it, It makes the world of difference when it comes to composting the shredded material really heats up Putting sappy green material will block it unless…"
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Seth Burgess replied to GaryRK's discussion Bio Degradable Strimmer Line
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Liam Healy replied to Andrew Midgley's discussion Feedback on Eliet Maestro Country Shredder/Chipper
"I was using my old CS100 on a job and the customer asked if he could put some cuttings through from his front garden. He pointed at an innocuous pile brash. I said ok and started it - I went round the back to start tidying the saws away and when I c…"
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Andrew Midgley replied to Gaz's discussion Dying shrub
"I guess it's the prolonged, hot dry weather we have had recently. I would cut it back to green shoots, apply some feed to the base and water deeply. If possible put some garden compost  around the base.  "
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Andrew Midgley replied to Alan reeves's discussion Bookeeping service
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Employers look for?

Question for employers in the arb sector. When looking for a new employee, what courses /tickets would you want to see? Also if an potential employee doesn't want the climbing ticket, what else would be most useful to the employer?Would chipper and stump grinder be worth paying for.? Cs30, 31 already gained 

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2 Replies · Reply by GaryRK 29 minutes ago

Marathon Horti K

 Any users of Marathon Horti K out there? I'm a fan of marathons lawn fertilisers and have seen this. I'm thinking for use as a base feed in borders prior to mulching which I try to alternate between mushroom compost and well rotted manure. I generally use the more traditional poultry manure or fish blood and bone, which is perfectly good, but just wondered if this horti k is 'better'?I manage some quite sizeable borders so there will be an added cost particularly compared to poultry manure.…

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5 Replies · Reply by dan 5 hours ago

Summer house base (MOT or not?)

I've been asked (from someone on a budget) to lay a base and assemble a small summerhouse (pictured) Keeping in mind she needs the cost to remain low, would you consider it a bit risky not to put MOT down? The base would be made up of damp proof membrane, and slabs laid on sharp sand.  

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Experienced gardener

EXPERIENCED GARDENER Full-time or Self-employed – Company based in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire Salary up to £25k, or self-employed £11/hour starting hourly rate, dependent on experience   The Role: Working as part of a team completing soft and hard landscaping duties for clients. Duties can include: • Hedge cutting • Weeding • Planting • Pruning • Border

Head Gardener for Private Estate

The role of the head gardener is the overall maintenance of the gardens, lawns and grounds. When the opportunity arises, parts of the gardens might be redesigned and replanted. The gardens form an essential and much loved part of a private estate. Main Responsibilities: Full management of 2 part-time assistants, including day-to-day supervision and working

Self Employed Gardeners

Grasstex are currently seeking to engage the services of local (West Sussex / South Surrey) gardeners. If you are a new start up looking for more work, or an existing business with the odd spare day to fill, we may have something for you. We have various types of work available to match your skills.


Gardener required I run an established garden maintenance and soft landscaping business based in North London. I have a record of working in the industry and now work with fellow colleagues on domestic gardens. I’ve spent many years studying and training at Capel Manor. I’m looking to grow my business by taking on additional help

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