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The Landscape Juice Network's Aims and Objectives

The Landscape Juice Network (LJN)

What is it?

LJN is an open association of individuals and companies involved in landscaping, garden maintenance, horticulture and garden design.

The site is free to join. There is no restriction to being a member and all information -with the exception of that exchanged within a few specialist groups - is available for anyone to read and comment upon.

Why was it formed?

LJN was formed in April 2008 to provide an independent association for professional gardeners and landscapers as well as any person or business related to the landscape industry.

LJN aims to provide a website where members can meet online and participate in discussion, share information and form relationships that help to advance their knowledge and strengthen their respective businesses.

LJN also aims to offer an "open access" alternative to the "vetted membership only" policies of some existing organisations. It is the LJN philosophy to empower its members to be expressive and transparent about their own abilities, ambitions and, most importantly, limitations.

LJN's objectives

  • To continue to grow and influence the decisions that impact all of the related professions
  • To raise awareness of the many challenges that garden and landscape businesses face (particularly SMEs) and provide short cuts to solutions.
  • To ensure that the Internet plays an important part in our industry's development and gives a greater voice to those who previously had no access to professional organisations.
  • To give prospective clients additional confidence, through the information available and the signed Customer Charter.
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Highlighted blog posts

Open forum activity

Graeme Brown replied to Graeme Brown's discussion Buying pesticides
"Surely for the amount of orders you would need to place you could take on that responsibility from your wife. While all other orders are placed by her.
My point is if we tighten things up the public will have a better view of the profession. We alwa…"
2 hours ago
dan replied to Graeme Brown's discussion Buying pesticides
"Unless government make it law then its not going to happen. 
Thats just business - business is full of morality issues verses financial profits - 
I dont see 1 supplier taking the morale stance whilst the remainder continue to sell -- "
2 hours ago
Tom replied to Graeme Brown's discussion Buying pesticides
"To me it's black and white. You want to spray anywhere other than your own back garden, then get your PA1 and PA6 at the minimum. I'm new to landscaping and I've got the training and certs and haven't even bought and applied any industrial grade spr…"
4 hours ago
Busy Bee Garden Services Limited replied to Graeme Brown's discussion Buying pesticides
"The problem from our point of view is I have the license but my wife runs the admin side of the business and as such she purchases the products we need, for your idea to work would I have to put her through training so she can get the licence even t…"
10 hours ago
John Fulton replied to Scott H's discussion Pre Emergent - Granular
"Problem is Scott if the residents have a zero tolerence to the use of chemicals by definition kerb granuals are chemicals , far better to add value by promoting organic weed control solutions . I.e mulch ."
10 hours ago
John Fulton replied to John Fulton's discussion The acceptable level of scarifying
"Thanks Andrew i do suspect this is the case , I did think perhaps an easy mistake to make if the blades were set on a high spot and they then missed their target but it would have being obvious as the work progressed . 
My first instinct is to look…"
13 hours ago
John Fulton replied to John Fulton's discussion The acceptable level of scarifying
"Thanks Paul 
The lawn is level , There are very slight drops in places  but its nothing drastic and the finish is always good , I have used different mowers on this lawn both cylinder and rotary and the blades take the grass off every time , I have…"
13 hours ago
Graeme Brown replied to Graeme Brown's discussion Buying pesticides
"Do you think landscape juice has a bit of clout on this issue. It is niggling at me I also saw a guy working for a large local firm spray my estate in joggy bottoms and a t-shirt then go back to his van and tip the contents of the sprayer down the d…"
20 hours ago
Adam Patterson, Ryan Griffiths, Tom Speyer and 3 more joined Landscape Juice Network
22 hours ago
Graeme Brown replied to Graeme Brown's discussion Buying pesticides
"True mostly. But it seems like a massive loophole in the process that most industries would close not least to protect the industry."
22 hours ago
Dan Frazer Gardening replied to Graeme Brown's discussion Buying pesticides
"We're talking about generally inert products that don't have any toxicity though. "
23 hours ago
Graeme Brown replied to Graeme Brown's discussion Buying pesticides
"I see your point Dan but don't you think it would be better if they couldn't buy pesticide then the customer would know when you to rocked up the treat thier weeds that you have at least invested in your profession.
Don't get me wrong with this perh…"
23 hours ago
Dan Frazer Gardening replied to Graeme Brown's discussion Buying pesticides
"To be honest Graeme it doesn't bother me at all that anyone can buy weedkiller. It doesn't affect my business, and I value the fact I'm trained and use that as a selling tool to market myself over others who aren't qualified. "
23 hours ago
Andrew Watts replied to John Fulton's discussion The acceptable level of scarifying
"If there are no blade marks in the soil, then the blades have not been set deep enough to hit the real thatch layer. Sounds like only surface debris has been removed.
Depending on machines used you should see lines around 2cm apart and around 5mm de…"
yesterday
John Fulton replied to John Fulton's discussion The acceptable level of scarifying
"I feel it needs going over again but its going to take me off other jobs and the lawn company doesn't offer a re seeding service . Thanks for your comments ."
yesterday
John Fulton replied to John Fulton's discussion The acceptable level of scarifying
"I can detect evidence of hollow tine aeriation  so obviously they have applied this method which is a good sign , but like you say the thatch doesn't look as if it has any intention of going anywhere , supposing i start by de thatching a small area…"
yesterday
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