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How do you tackle this one folks

Been on my 1st job this morning.To mow an elderly ladies lawn with her electric Bosch mower.Her question that was bothering her was,"she had a cherry tree cut down in her flower border a few years ago,yet this time every year in her lawn are underlying shoots from the tree,"I had a look,thinking they were self seeders.but no.the grass had been treated by a well known lawn care company,so didn't want to go digging.the lawn did look well,question being,over to you,

how do you tackle this?

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  • whats the problem?............... just cut them down with the grass!!  It might take a few years but they'll eventually give up.  Alternatively, excavate down and find the offending root............ drill a few holes in it and apply some Garlon or equivalent.  

  • Suckers will always appear from cherry tree roots, especially after they're felled. Keep mowing them, or treat them with some selective herbicide. The root may need excavating if this doesn't work.

    • Thanks Graham and Sean for your advice

  • Glad to read you had your first job Andrew, after loitering on your opening thread about setting up.

    Just interested to know how you found the work? Have you been advertising in places? Flyering? Or something else? I started a similar thread a long time ago on this forum, and the feedback I got was wonderful. Unfortunately after my first job. My relationship and subsequent life fell apart. I am now back in a position (in more ways than one) to get that dream back on the tracks. Would love to hear how you are getting on in your venture. 

    All the best


    • Evening Craig,sorry to here about the rough time you had,but on a happier note your back on track.To start,finding this forum was a blessing,how informative they all are,I've held back on flyering and spoke to a window cleaner I know very well to keep an eye/ear if anyone is looking for a gardener.

      it just started from there really,automatically the customer asks for a few cards to distribute  to friends and neighbours,then in comes another call.A very useful tool I have found is the Plant Identifer App that recognises the plant with information and habitat.well worth £19.99 per year I thought.I hope that helps Craig,from a novice,

      • Thanks for the kind words Andrew. And I am so pleased to hear your business has hit the ground running. I have some flyers on the way, but am A little unsure about how it would be percieved, me posting them during this time. I don't want to get a bad name before I have even begun. Maybe I will ask to put some up in local shops etc until the next phase of lockdown easing. I pick up my mower today as well. (just hope it fits in my Clio!) A used Honda Hrx 476. Just need the flyers to arrive now and I can hopefully get myself some work. The app looks great I will certainly look to use that in the future. Thanks very much.

        Are you using a car also to begin with?

        • Hi Craig,I am using an old Honda Civic hatchback,only probs with cars is that the big garden spiders come and sit on the passenger seat and tell you how to drive.

          Dont forget I'm new to this work and site but when you go through the topic of Vehicles,I am swayed to looking at saving for a Toyota,when you read through the forums discussion.hope you get on okay Craig.

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