Forum

About the Landscape Juice Network

Founded in 2008. The Landscape Juice Network (LJN) is the largest and fastest growing professional landscaping and horticultural association in the United Kingdom.

LJN's professional business forum is unrivalled and open to anyone within within the UK landscape industry

LJN's Business Objectives Group (BOG) is for any Pro serious about building their business.

For the researching visitor there's a wealth of landscaping ideas, garden design ideas, lawn advice tips and advice about garden maintenance.

Replies

  • PRO

    How many can you mow around until you miss one, with the inevitable consequences?

    Maybe I'm a bit intolerant, but I now say no to any mowing involving 'dog' gardens. 

    Tried it, one lady has always been very good at removal, but still one or two do get lost in the grass, I put up with it and she hasn't come back this year so problem solved. Some customers seem keen to clear up before mowing and as time goes by they are busy or at work etc, that's it for me I'm gone. 

    I don't take them on anymore.

     

  • PRO

    Hi John, there is a previous thread about this which is worth a read. For us we've tried a few approaches but the best way is to be completely straight at the beginning so everyone knows where they stand. We don't get the mower out if there is poo on the lawn and we have to charge for the visit. To be fair the vast majority understand that dealing with dog poo is not gardening.I do have one customer with 5 dogs, it was okay last season but we went last month and the  whole place is covered in a winter's worth. Even on the artificial grass round the pool! We're not going back unless he contacts us to say it's clean.

  • Mowing is fine... strimming however... eurgh!!!! Worst part of the job hands down! 

  • I just use a hoe and flick them onto an adjacent bed ............... only takes a minute and you you don't have to get too close to them with a hoe!

    • thats ok Graham as long as you do not tend the beds

      • Funnily enough, I do actually tend the beds but it doesn't seem to cause problems for me there.....there's not bucket loads of the stuff and it soon breaks down.

         

  • PRO

    Most of our customers are on full maintenance contracts so flicking it anywhere is not an option. I also agree with Scott in that you won't always get them all. I also feel that dealing with dog shxx is not gardening so it is demeaning for people to expect you to do it. Get rid of them and find customers who value you as a gardener not a pooper scooper.

  • PRO

    Fox shit and strimmers ..... Oh my lord!!!!

    And you can't ask the customer to clean it up really 

  • I like the sound of zero tolenance, and ditch the clients with dogs but so many people have dogs these days.

  • I do not expect my lads (or me!) to pick up dog sh*te and we let the customer know this - doesn't always work though!  

This reply was deleted.

Industry Jobs

Apprentice gardener

Job Description Kernel Horticultural Services are looking for an apprentice gardener. This is an ideal opportunity for someone in the early stages of their career who has an interest in and an aptitude for horticulture and landscaping. There is potential for progression for an individual with ambition and motivation to develop into a more senior

Landscape Team Leader

Were you born to lead? Ecosulis needs a team leader! Are you looking for a stimulating job where you can experience the great outdoors and have a meaningful impact on UK conservation? What better way to way to help mitigate climate change and benefit biodiversity than by overseeing a dedicated habitat creation team. As one

Landscaper

Calling all landscaping legends… Ecosulis needs habitat creators!   Are you looking for an exciting job where you can experience the great outdoors and have a meaningful impact on UK conservation? What better way to mitigate climate change and benefit wildlife than planting trees and helping to create biodiverse habitats. As the UK’s most experienced

Landscaper

Ecosulis are seeking to employ landscapers to assist with our habitat creation team in Oxford. You will need to have a good level of site safety, problem solving, ability to work in a team and, at times, supervising other sub-contractors. Working alongside a team, you will be required to undertake a variety of work including:

Business Objectives Group (BOG)

Latest blog post

Trade green waste centres

If you've received help from the Landscape Juice Network and you'd like to say thank you, why not make a small donation?

The site is maintained as an indpendent industry resource and it's become an essential tool for those working in the landscape industry.

Thank you

Phil Voice

Founder Landscape Juice

Make a donation

LJN Sponsor

Advertising

Blogs

PRO Supplier

Dennis & SISIS have announced an exciting new free-to-attend Groundcare Seminar which has been designed with education in mind for those involved in groundcare on a variety of sports turf topics.

The seminar, which will take place…

Read more…
PRO Supplier

Etesia have launched two new 46cm cutting width professional pedestrian rotary mowers ahead of the 2019 season which extends their range of mowers already available on the market.

The PHTS3 is a single speed self-propelled mower, while…

Read more…