Lawn care license advice

Hi Guys,

I'm struggling to get my head around what actually requires a licence and what doesn't.

I;m just about to go on a flyer drop for my new garden maintenance business and was going to put an offer of 'free lawn feed' with first lawn cut. Am I allowed to put down ordinary store bought lawn feed (Miracle-Grow, Evergreen etc) in someone else's garden?

Thanks for the advice in advnace.

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    • Hi David.

      What would the NPK values need to be if I don't have a licence?

      All I want it to do is promote a bit of growth and make the grass greener
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    Have you got the flyers printed yet Steven ? , If not consider the cost to yourself in terms of cost of fertiliser and application time , also results may be mixed depending on current state of the lawns .

    Would it not be more viable to offer 10 % discount off the first garden maintenance session or even first Two sessions , Hopefully Two sessions would be establishing some continuity towards regular maintenance . 

    • Thanks John. Luckily I have not printed the flyers yet and took your advice on offering discount on the maintenance rather than offer the feed. Thanks again
  • PRO

    Hi Steve why not just focus on lawn mowing? Then sell feed treatments later once you have cash flow you will find you need an awful lot of things to treat lawns properly. Offer free edging with every grass cut or offer a 20% discount on first cut focus on doing the best cuts using good equipment. Rather than give away free treatments good feeds are not cheap. In terms of npk it's relative to the condition of the grass and the time of year if you want lawn feeds commercially talk to greenbest or take a look at pitchcare. If there is moss or if there's weeds etc you need moss controls and herbicides so will need to get your spraying ticket. If your adamant on putting down a feed growmore would make sense 7 7 7 it's and no brainer all round balanced feed and pretty cheap. 

    • Thanks for taking the time to write that up Michael. I have taken you advice and offered 20% discount on first maintenance booked before mid April to try and get people booking soon.
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        Always go for quality over quantity Steve buy a few books such as sports turf and amenity grassland management or modern lawncare. And get a website and Google adds going asap most people use Google these days to find trades it's money well spent.

  • I've not posted on here in a long time . but just saw this thread and had to comment.

    Nothing wrong or illegal about buying and using shop bought stuff.

    And theres still good money to be made out of it. A store bought bag of Evergreen costing about £23

    can easily return you double that, if used right. As someone said it can need cutting too much if you put too much on .

    Ive been doing it for years, ask all your clients if they want their lawns feeding, £10 here, £15 there etc .. Easily return £50 or £60 for a bag . Dont offer it free to new customers . offer it free to existing customers early in the season. and put a very light feed down . wont cost you much then

    • PRO

      True you can use that but where is the value or benefit for the customer or lawn by buying what anyone can for the same price? you can do an awful lot more if you buy commercial professional feeds but you do need to understand soil plant science and calibration, mixing etc. You can also do an awful lot of damage putting the wrong feed on so why not just build up a mowing round read a few books increase your knowledge then treat when you know what your doing? 

  • PRO

    You could also try blood, fish and bone. Totally natural and recommended by Alan Titchmarsh. As to moss he recommends just scarifying it out - with a machine naturally because you have to rake it out dead or alive and not using chemicals is of course organic. No commercial operator would rake it out by hand although some of my clients ask me to do that and it makes me a bit cross. Do they realise how many lawns I cut and how knackered my shoulders would get doing hand raking on them? No, you're right, they wouldn't even think about that!

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      If its a large area , perhaps mechanise the process , charge for the hire of any equipment , personally i never use herbicides i prefer the organic approach but use machinery , my personal machine of choice is a Stihl MM55 with tine attachments but others are available of course . Saves the elbow grease and risk of repetitive strain injuries .

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