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In the first of a several part blog that we are writing, we will explain some of the terms that are often used in lawncare service leaflets and by contractors but many of you out there may not actually understand what they mean!…

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Seth Burgess replied to Josh Thornton's discussion Getting rid of soil
"A company I use charge 300 inc VAT for a grab lorry which will carry at least 3x as much as a skip that costs 300 from them. But you need a suitable place to put it and on the right surface"
1 hour ago
Josh Thornton posted a discussion
Hi allI've got a potential job clearing a plot of land which has years and years of grass growth on it creating a thick dense mat of undergrowth. This needs to be gotten rid of to make way for some building works and some garden features. I'll be us…
2 hours ago
Adrian Noble replied to Niall Ward's discussion Day rate increases for garden maintenance 2019?
"Just as a general rule of thumb, labour charged out (prices) should roughly be 3x wages or 2.25 x direct costs. If your above that level then your probably making a reasonable profit margin."
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David Benson replied to Josh Thornton's discussion Decking costs
"do not forget to add 10% for materials as there will be some waste like offcuts and timber that you cannot use either bent or knotts "
17 hours ago
Jack Chapman replied to Niall Ward's discussion Day rate increases for garden maintenance 2019?
"Just to add to this - with the budget, from April minimum wage will increase 5.9%. Pension contributions will in increasing. Everything else will rise with inflation. It's an expensive year for your business. You have an extra year of experience, an…"
20 hours ago
benny replied to benny's discussion Help identifying some old paving slabs?
"Cheers guys, nearly impossible aye, are have to explain this clearly, advise to maybe rip all of them up to do a good job. 
Regards"
22 hours ago
Martyn Waddington replied to Niall Ward's discussion Day rate increases for garden maintenance 2019?
"Hi John, agree generally with your comments, labour rates do rise, minimium wage, annually, therefore so should your rates should every year, that's why I always stress to any business, you have to build in annual rate increases, (you will lose some…"
22 hours ago
Josh Thornton replied to Josh Thornton's discussion Decking costs
"Thats what ive been doing today, sat at my desk with a pad, calculator and a laptop. this is my first deck so im just trying to get my head around quantities and costing etc"
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Neal Barker @ Etesia uk replied to Josh Thornton's discussion Decking costs
"Hi Josh
you can work a formula for anything to get a rough estimate however i don't think the main forum is best placed to ask for detail etc,
the thing you need to factor in when trying to work out formulas is that some materials don't like to play…"
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Josh Thornton posted a discussion
Hi allIve just added decking as i service that I provide with my business. I've got a few little bits of decking coming up. Does anyone have a general costing rule that they use for quickly adding up a rough price for decking. For example with turfi…
yesterday
Josh Thornton replied to Niall Ward's discussion Day rate increases for garden maintenance 2019?
"I've gone up to £200 a day or £30 per hour from £160 per day or £25 per hour. I spent all of last year learning new skills abroad in landscaping, as a landscape gardener I feel the new experince makes me more valuable to my clients hence the increas…"
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John Wallwork replied to Niall Ward's discussion Day rate increases for garden maintenance 2019?
"I'm also in the South East (based near Tunbridge Wells) and have been running my business for almost 2 years now.  My desired charge is £200 per man day (or £25/hour), though in reality daily earnings are usually £160-210 with the occasional 2 or 3…"
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Dan Frazer Gardening replied to Niall Ward's discussion Day rate increases for garden maintenance 2019?
"Of course she said that Andrew! A business doesn't need to ask permission to raise their charges.  "
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Andrew Midgley replied to Niall Ward's discussion Day rate increases for garden maintenance 2019?
"I was considering raising my day rates this spring and in fact mentioned it to one of my longest serving customers. She pointed out that in the current environment we are in she feels my day rate is reasonable which is currently £150 a day.  I will…"
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Decking costs

Hi all Ive just added decking as i service that I provide with my business. I've got a few little bits of decking coming up. Does anyone have a general costing rule that they use for quickly adding up a rough price for decking. For example with…

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