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David Benson replied to Stephen r Brook-Smith's discussion Last lawn cuts
"i have cut into december before now if ther is no frosts and its still above 5c it will keep growing also it depends if the lawn has been treated as that will make it grow as well 
had one customer nock me off at the end of september and not wanting…"
14 hours ago
Billybop replied to Stephen r Brook-Smith's discussion Last lawn cuts
"probably 2 more cuts still to do here, on some"
15 hours ago
Adam Pilgrim replied to Angela Sharp's discussion Cutting back of a very dense tangle of clematis stems
"Stihl HS 81R with sharp blades would make mincemeat out of it. If it will chop through blackthorn and beech as big as the blade gap a bit of clematis won't be a issue. In all seriousness though, I dismantled a 'Montana' that had covered a shed…"
16 hours ago
Billybop replied to Angela Sharp's discussion Cutting back of a very dense tangle of clematis stems
"nightmare, what hedge cutter are you using, a more powerful one would do it, i use an 80 volt one for heavy duty work, or a good petrol one should do it"
16 hours ago
Angela Sharp posted a discussion
I was just wondering if anyone had tips for cutting back the very old, very thick and dense tangle of clematis stems on a pergola. I started a job using a hedgecutter and it was just too tangled and tightly packed despite the individual stems being…
17 hours ago
Darren Walters replied to carl lawson's discussion Stihl hla85
"As all above say, not the switch but just for anyone's benefit, this is it.  The switch gets bits of conifer etc under the metal trigger and stops it pressing the tiny button underneath.  The machine then thinks that the head is still folded so wont…"
21 hours ago
Jonathan Davidson replied to Stephen r Brook-Smith's discussion Last lawn cuts
"If its growing keep mowing! Its still 2 months till christmas and then even in the mild south it contimues to grow so can mow with the lightest of mowers, there can be cuts around Christmas, even if its just to tidy up and suck up those last…"
22 hours ago
1st Garden Maintenance replied to Stephen r Brook-Smith's discussion Last lawn cuts
"We do our final cut at the end of Novemeber, but carry on doing maintenance all year round."
22 hours ago
Vic 575 replied to James King's discussion Are these rates correct?
"ELH’s are like hens teeth. But there are currently two ETH’s on eBay, if that helps."
22 hours ago
James King replied to James King's discussion Are these rates correct?
"I think it is time to buy one - I really appreciate the advice."
23 hours ago
Vic 575 replied to James King's discussion Are these rates correct?
"I use mine on steps and with both the HSA 86 and the HLA 65.
 It is perfect for the tops also because you can use the pole hedge cutter to have much greater reach, but with no strain at all. You then don’t need to move the steps as much. You can…"
23 hours ago
James King replied to James King's discussion Are these rates correct?
"Thanks, Vic. The harness makes absolute sense. I think vanity has to go out of the window and common sense prevail. I can see the merits when standing on the ground and cuting the side of the hedge. Can it be used when up a ladder and cutting the…"
23 hours ago
Vic 575 replied to James King's discussion Are these rates correct?
"I keep saying it – buy an Easy Lift Harness [if you can get one] or the Elephants Trunk Harness.
I have used the ELH now for many years. You are then working with a completely weightless hedge cutter. I can cut a large hedge and have no aches and…"
yesterday
James King replied to James King's discussion Are these rates correct?
"Wow - I certainly wasnt expecting this number of responses - thank you to all who have contributed. Some really thought provoking advice. I the £60 an hour front - I really don-t think I could go for this rate. I have established customers and I…"
yesterday
Peter Davis replied to Donall O Flatharta's discussion Pergola options
"I am in the West of Ireland & you forgot the wind :)  I haven't built a pergola for a while but I would probably dig the holes overly deep & insert a piece of plastic pipe (wavin) with gravel in the bottom for drainage then concrete the pipe in…"
yesterday
Stephen r Brook-Smith replied to Stephen r Brook-Smith's discussion Last lawn cuts
"Hi Vic , very true 
Global warming be changing things rapidly, will prob start in Feb before long, dew makes things tough for me  this time of year, it's hammering with rain here now"
yesterday
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Last lawn cuts

Morning all, next week will be my final lawn cuts aside from the customers who request one final cut, I've prob got about another months work then going to do some winter taxi driving, how does everyone else hold up through the rest of the year .…

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