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Neil Darby replied to Andrew Marson-Hull's discussion Corded tools
"Go battery, it is worth the extra outlay at the beginning.
Corded tools = extenstion leads, plugs, cutting through cables, trip hazzards and also you won't be wanting to cut during rain.
Customers (IMO) won't be thinking very much of you professiona…"
29 minutes ago
dan replied to Gareth's discussion Husqvarna 525 RJX
"Sean -- yep that solved my issue, too much debris and general gunk inside the spool head -- cleaned it up and absolutely fine "
48 minutes ago
Sean Clarke replied to Gareth's discussion Husqvarna 525 RJX
"I'd take the spool off and see if that makes a difference, there may be an imbalance in the spool unit for some reason."
1 hour ago
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Duncan McLaren replied to Boris Pilfold's discussion Safe chemical application and aftercare
"I had someone ask me that very question yesterday as I was spraying the grass with my coveralls, mask and face shield!
I told her that I didn't think it was safe in the hope that she would instruct the factor to stop asking me to apply it. 
I don't…"
4 hours ago
dan replied to Paul Doyle's discussion Rhus typhinia tiger eyes
"Paul, i dont know the hybrid 'tiger eyes' but Rhys typhina is a potential night mare. Agreed root barrier might well stop that happening but at any signs of that not working and it popping up elsewhere prepare for war :) "
5 hours ago
dan replied to Gareth's discussion Husqvarna 525 RJX
"Gareth did you get this issue resolved ?- mines seems to be playing up at the moment "
5 hours ago
Tom Cann replied to Tom Cann's discussion Self propelled mower recommendations please
"Many thanks for all your input guys I really appreciate it. There's some really good pointers there. I'm torn now between an older Honda or a new cobra. I'm relatively new to the business so cash flow is a real issue at the moment. Interesting point…"
6 hours ago

Corded tools

Hi there, first post on here for me.  Been lurking for a while always seeming to end up here when googling so had to sign up! I've recently set up my new gardening business maintaining small domestic gardens. I already have a mix of Stihl petrol tools on Aspen. I am however needing a few more tools and wanted to push being green and eco which works with my ethos. On searching through the Stihl and Husky catalogues I see they do a few several corded "pro" models corded of hedgetrimmer (Hse81)…

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10 Replies · Reply by Neil Darby 29 minutes ago

Self propelled mower recommendations please

Evening Juicers!I need to get a self propelled mower as I have several clients with very large gardens.  One takes 4 hours to do and she insists on diamond patterning too! Ive got around 350 -400 in terms of budget. Im 6ft 2inch high so I need something which isnt gonna do my back in and also has a wide cutting width. I dont need side discharge or electric start just a solid machine.Anybody have any recomendations at all.Thanks all.Tom.

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9 Replies · Reply by Tom Cann 6 hours ago

Kubota or Iseki?

We're looking a for a new cut-and-collect ride-on mower which can cope with lawns of a few thousand m2 and in particular, will cope in the wet.  I thought I'd settled on a Kubota G23-II with high-dump: but I've heard good reviews of the Iseki SXG323. Does anyone have experience of either machine?

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1 Reply · Reply by John Vanderboom on Wednesday

Contracts and pricing

Hi all. I’ve got a couple of queries that I’m hoping you can share your wisdom on.I’m sure the answers to these are in the bog somewhere but I can’t subscribe this month as it’s been rather an expensive one for one reason or another. So I will join you all there in August!Firstly, I want to put my maintenance on 12 month contracts - how should I word the agreement so that cheekier customers don’t just use it to get a cheaper rate through summer then cancel the standing order come…

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3 Replies · Reply by Vic 575 yesterday

Cut flowers.

Morning all hope everyone is  staying safe in these  intesting times we find our selves in.  I have a question about cut flowers...I've been considering growing on a small scale flowers specifically for cutting, I think that  due to the up surge of people looking to buy locally that there is a gap in the market for this type of product.  So my question is what are the legal responsibility required when growing and selling a product such as cut flowers I've read a little about plant passports…

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2 Replies · Reply by dan on Wednesday

Safe chemical application and aftercare

Good morning,Hopefully someone may be able to help me.I don't know if anyone else has experienced this but we have found it to be more of a issue during lockdown. I look after properties where I apply a selective to the lawns, fertilse them infrequently and herbicide treat hard surfaces for weed control. All of that is fairly standard but where I am getting some feedback is when the signage is removed to declare the grass "safe". It isn't uncomon for chemicals to be blamed for everything under…

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12 Replies · Reply by Duncan McLaren 4 hours ago

Compost teas and DIY liquid bio fertilizers in lawn care

Does anyone make their own compost teas and liquid bio fertilzers for the use in lawn care and / or plant care ? Seems to be a growing area with a lot more suppliers offering a wide range of products you 'brew up' and then apply to help soil heath either bacterially or fungally not to mention natural NPKs and minerals.I know the concepts have been around for ages but does anyone have experience of either using supplier certified compost teas etc or just making their own ? Any sites or books on…

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2 Replies · Reply by dan on Monday
"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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