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Weed killing

Hi guys. I've just completed a rather large job on some overgrown gardens to a house that's being renovated. The contractor has asked me now to quote for chemical weed killing across the hardscaping areas. As I have not done this before I am looking for any advice. Such as how to price this and what chemicals would you usually use. I don't like the idea of using chemicals anyway but maybe there are alternatives...

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  • PRO

    Hi Morgan, don't spray unless you have the correct training and certification. Maybe you could find someone and sub it out to them.

  • PRO

    You can't unless you have a Pa1 and PA6. Not worth the risk for a few quid. The fines potentially are upto £200,000 and jail and as I always say that amount is not a typo. I would say walk away and let someone else do it. It will give you credibility by giving a honest description of the work you carry out. 

  • PRO

    Nobody has everbeen fined £200,000 or been sent to prison for not having a ticket.


    Even when working on site, I can't remember the last time someone asked to see my ticket.


    It's just another way of getting a few more quid out of people. A monkey could pass that course.

    It's common sense and reading the label when using products.

    • PRO

      That's the problem. Many would disagree that licensing and qualification and understanding of environmental impact is very important, the policing of the pesticicde proficiency scheme is virtually non-existent.

      • I agree. Simply reading the label cannot provide a full understanding of the potential environmental impact (which I personally feel is one of the biggest issues with chemical use).

      • PRO

        Would it be better to put something in place with suppliers. Where only qualified people can buy the product.


        I remember this being the case years ago.

        Unless I am mistaken?

        • I guess it then becomes awkward for large firms, estates etc where office based staff would do the ordering. 

      • PRO

        Has anyone ever wondered why there is virtually zero policing of the scheme ?

    • PRO

      Funny, when I took those courses there were quite a number of people who were incapable of taking the information on the label and working out the quantities involved in either a full or part full knapsack sprayer. Thus proving the need for certification and hence more rigorous enforcement.

  • PRO

    It might not be checked on etc however you have a legal and morral obligation to ensure any job you do is done to standard,

    if you don't have the correct training & knowlege to do a job there is only 2 options

    1- obtain the training and knowlege further increasing your earning potetial and professional ability to compleate jobs to a high standard

    2 - sub the work out to a known contractor with the correct training / knowlege

    the risk on things like this will always out weigh the possible gain for a few quid profit

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