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  • Photo of Mitie helps retailers Aldi and Matalan prepare for winter weather

    Mitie helps retailers Aldi and Matalan prepare for winter weather

    Mitie has won two large contracts with retailers Aldi and Matalan. This is to help them keep their businesses moving this winter as temperatures start to drop.   The company will clear snow and grit roads, car parks and other areas close to the retailers’ stores across the UK. This will ensure that employees and customers can come and go safely even when the weather turns icy.   Mitie has agreed winter maintenance work at 164 sites for Aldi across south Wales and the west of England. For Matalan, 61 sites and two distribution centres across the UK.   Mitie…

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  • Photo of Remaining productive and profitable during winter

    Remaining productive and profitable during winter

    Late autumn and winter mark the end of the gardening season for many, which is fine if gardening is a hobby but less ideal for businesses. There are plenty of ways to keep busy as a landscaper or garden designer during the colder months. Outlined below are some ideas to stay productive and profitable. Jobs Outside The arrival of winter brings new jobs and the beginning of a different type of gardening: Protect plants from the elements – Adding a light amount of compost to form a mound around the base of plants provides the roots with protection from frost.…

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  • Photo of Glyphosate guidance

    Glyphosate guidance

    Complete Weed Control has announced a series of roadshow events to provide essential guidance for the amenity sector dealing with the application of glyphosate. The half day seminars will detail the latest information from Bayer regarding glyphosate as well as informative sessions dealing with the application of glyphosate for hard surfaces utilising Complete Weed Control’s Weed-IT technology. In addition, there will invaluable advice with regard to handling public objections to weed control activities, with concise information to take away from the event.  Findings from the most extensive trials into Japanese knotweed and its control will also be provided along with…

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  • Photo of Handling staff during the Christmas period

    Handling staff during the Christmas period

    As fabulously festive as Christmas time is, the holiday can wreak havoc with many industries that find their workload increasing through the winter months. Grounds maintenance is a prime example. Colder weather strikes up the need for additional services such as gritting and snow ploughing, making staff attendance essential. Pro Landscaper sits with Eddy Griffiths, head of operations at grounds maintenance and landscaping giant CGM, to discover how he manages staff at this time of year. When asked how busy the winter period is compared with the rest of the year, Eddy starts by saying: “In theory the winter months…

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  • Photo of Toro introduces new ProStripe 560 Mower

    Toro introduces new ProStripe 560 Mower

    The Toro Company is launching the new ProStripe 560 striping mower. The model combines the benefits of a precise cut and clean striped finish with the simplicity of a walk power mower. The compact lightweight design is ideal for striping smaller areas of turf. It can easily manoeuvre tight areas whilst offering precision, productivity and durability.   Key features include a two-piece ribbed roller designed to create the perfect finish and crisp stripe, without marking and damaging turf. It has a 3-speed transmission system to adapt to all weather and turf conditions and users can adjust the speed from 2.9…

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    Preparing green spaces for 2019

    With colder temperatures rolling in, it’s tempting to overlook lawn maintenance. Before settling in for the winter, be sure to prepare green spaces for the winter months, so to pick things up in spring 2019. Landscape experts at Hayter have put together some top tips to help prepare.   Give the lawn a clean This ensures that there are no nasty surprises in the garden come springtime. Removing all large objects from lawn areas, such as logs or garden furniture before the final lawn mow will prevent dead spots forming on the grass during winter. Dead spots can stunt the…

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  • Photo of Hayter announce brand new Harrier 48 and 56 Pro models

    Hayter announce brand new Harrier 48 and 56 Pro models

    Hayter, mower manufacturing giant, is announcing the arrival of two brand new Harrier models at this year’s SALTEX event.   Designed for landscape professionals, the Harrier 48 and 56 Pro are additions to the Harrier rear-roller mower lineup. Since the first Harrier professional lawn mower over a decade ago, the range is completely overhauled. Professionals will benefit from the enhanced features and benefits in the latest models.   Available in Spring 2019, the latest Harrier Pro mowers are robust and flexible to enable users to tackle a variety of turfs. The Harrier 48 Pro features: New cast Aluminium cutter deck…

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  • Photo of How to care for a garden during winter

    How to care for a garden during winter

    Pro Landscaper speaks with Tiger Sheds, who have surveyed the nation to unveil the UK’s garden habits. It reveals that a massive two in five (40%) of Brits don’t take precautions to prepare their garden or garden buildings for the cooler winter weather. What’s more, 52% completely abandon their gardens and fail to do any gardening throughout winter. Almost one in ten (9%) said that they don’t care for their garden in winter because they think that their plants will die regardless. 8% said they would replace anything that that the winter weather damages – but at what cost? Only…

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  • Photo of Milton Jones to host IOG Industry Awards at SALTEX

    Milton Jones to host IOG Industry Awards at SALTEX

    Milton Jones, funny man takes the reigns from Bake Off’s Tom Allen at IOG Industry Awards.   This year’s IOG Industry Awards will be full of high achievers although it won’t include scheduled comedian Tom Allen. Tom regrettably now has filming commitments with the Great British Bake Off.   No worries though, the IOG has signed up an incredible replacement, Milton Jones. The wild-haired ‘Prince of Puns’ is fresh off his UK tour. He will be sharing gags to a sell-out audience at the IOG’s annual awards night. The event is at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on the first evening…

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  • Photo of Green-tech protect 65,000 trees in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Green-tech protect 65,000 trees in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    A new 50ha native woodland finds itself in the heart of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   The Summerstone Estate is within 1,400 acres of the Nidderdale Valley in the Yorkshire Dales. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of just 46 in the UK. Between them they cover 18% of the UK’s finest countryside considered special places, worthy of protection.   As well as recognition for its beauty, the Summerstone Estate is ideal for sporting enthusiasts. The surrounding countryside is a quality grouse and pheasant shooting site.   The estates owners advocate sustainable land management. They…

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  • Photo of The nation has decided the top 10 favourite UK parks

    The nation has decided the top 10 favourite UK parks

    More than 65,000 votes cast as the nation picks the best of British. Green Flag Award announces the winners of the 2018 People’s Choice vote for the favourite UK parks. There were more than 1,800 sites to choose from. All of these meeting the high standards of the Green Flag Award, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces. The ten winners of the 2018 People’s Choice Award are: Cassiobury Park, Watford Borough Council Clifton Park, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Elsecar Park and Local Reservoir Nature Reserve, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Saltwell Park, Gateshead Council Strathaven Park, South Lanarkshire…

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  • Photo of Help support Breast Cancer Care with Husqvarna pink Automower auction

    Help support Breast Cancer Care with Husqvarna pink Automower auction

    Husqvarna, is raising money for Breast Cancer Care this year, marking a third year of support for the charity. This month, the manufacturer has launched an online auction for a Pink Automower®, with the proceeds going to charity.   The auction for Husqvarna’s robotic lawnmower will run until 18 October. This gives potential bidders the chance to get involved and own their own robotic gardener whilst also raising money for a great cause.   Husqvarna is pioneering the robotic lawnmowing industry since 1995. It produces industry-leading robotic lawnmowers from its Newton Aycliffe which sell globally.   Staff in Newton Aycliffe…

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  • Photo of Winter proofing a client’s garden

    Winter proofing a client’s garden

    Winter is traditionally the time when gardens begin to look a bit jaded. As the temperatures fall and the nights grow darker, it can be all too easy to abandon nature to its own devices. All landscapers, however, know that while winter does whittle plants away, this reduction in greenery can be useful. It allows a layout review to create new and exciting plans for the next year, and to focus on maintenance jobs. Focusing on the following areas will keep a client’s outdoor areas safe, tidy, and ready for the onset of Spring.   1. Clearance and Composting  …

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    Free STIHL accessories

    The STIHL chainsaw promotion is back by popular demand. Users can receive STIHL accessories worth up to £87 when purchasing selected cordless and petrol chainsaws.   The promotion runs until 14 December 2018. Any customer purchasing either a cordless MSA 160 C-BQ or MSA 200 C-BQ chainsaw, as well as a petrol powered MS 180 or MS 181, will receive a pair of clear contrast goggles, a filing kit and ADVANCE MS Ergo gloves, free of charge.   Purchasing the petrol powered MS 211, MS 231 or the MS 251 saws will gift customers with ADVANCE MS Ergo gloves, a…

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  • Photo of John Deere dealer changes

    John Deere dealer changes

    John Deere dealer Winchester Garden Machinery Ltd has decided to relinquish its professional golf & turf business at the end of October 2018. This is while retaining Deere’s full homeowner equipment franchise. Neighbouring dealers Farol Ltd and Hunt Forest Group will share WGM’s existing professional sales area of responsibility. Farol’s Midhurst outlet covering West Sussex and Surrey and Hunt Forest Group at Chilbolton taking on Hampshire.   Winchester Garden Machinery has been supplying garden and grass care machinery since 1969. It will continue to trade as a main John Deere dealer for homeowners, specialising in walk-behind mowers and lawn tractors.…

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  • Photo of Takeaways from the Silent City environmental conference

    Takeaways from the Silent City environmental conference

    Silent City, now in its fourth year, is a two-day conference held by leading equipment manufacturer Husqvarna. It focuses on the environmental impact that green spaces and landscaping has on the environment. The two days aim to inform attendees of how this can be reduced through best practice and cutting-edge equipment.   This year’s event was in Hamburg, Germany. A forward-thinking place, Hamburg is the first German city to ban older diesel cars and has green space conservation as a priority, making it a fitting location for the Silent City conference. Day 1 Day one began with talks from the World…

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  • Photo of See what has sold out at SALTEX 2018

    See what has sold out at SALTEX 2018

    Event organisers have reported a significant increase in pre-show visitor registration ahead of SALTEX 2018. The event takes place at The NEC, Birmingham on 31 October – 01 November.   It is encouraging times for the show which will be celebrating its 73rd anniversary. Since moving to the NEC, the show has grown steadily in terms of exhibitors, floor space and visitor numbers. Current figures for this year appear to hint towards SALTEX 2018 continuing the trend.   Visitor pre-registration for 2018 is at an all-time high with current figures 11% up on last year. This reflects not only the…

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  • Photo of Managing Ash dieback in woodlands

    Managing Ash dieback in woodlands

    An important part of both natural and managed landscapes, Ash trees can be relied on for a great display of autumn colour. From vibrant yellows and oranges to red and deep scarlet, they are an intrinsic part of the countryside and complement other native trees. If you have spent time on the road or rail network recently, you’ll have enjoyed the blur of colour as you look out the window. This makes the content of a recent document published by the Forestry Commission all the harder to stomach. Managing ash (Fraxinus excelsior in woodlands in light of ash dieback – Hymenoscyphus…

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  • Photo of SALTEX Innovation Award 2018

    SALTEX Innovation Award 2018

    SALTEX plays host to the most technologically advanced-equipment showcase in grounds management. After making its debut last year, the SALTEX Innovation Award is back for 2018 and visitors will get the chance to see every entry at the show.   Here is a snapshot of some of the exciting entries:   Sherriff Amenity – PrecisionPro. A dedicated spots turf app designed to help users measure, calibrate and apply granular products. Lantra – Integrated Weed Management. The latest training course added to Lantra’s Pest & Weed Management suite of training and qualifications. Trimax Mowing Systems – the Snake S2. A rotary,…

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  • Photo of Toro introduces new Grandstand Mower

    Toro introduces new Grandstand Mower

    Toro has announces the launch of the new 36” (91cm) and 48” (122cm) Grandstand mower (models 74540TE and 74542TE). The new stand-on models have enhanced features and accessories including rear discharge and a recycler kit.   The Toro Grandstand combines the speed and comfort of a zero-turn mower with the benefits of a professional walk-behind. Fast and manoeuvrable, the productive mower ensures the user can cover maximum area in minimal time. The cushioned suspension, rear discharge deck and twin-levered steering controls also make mowing easier.   The Grandstand 36” and 48” both feature a fold-up operator platform. This allows the…

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  • Photo of Isuzu Grafter Green prove to be the ‘smart’ choice

    Isuzu Grafter Green prove to be the ‘smart’ choice

    Midlands sister companies Smart Cut Ltd and TFN Landscapes purchase a further 10 of the latest Isuzu Grafter Green 3.5 tonne rigids. These are joining the 40-strong combined vehicle fleet on a progressive basis from May to October this year. The Isuzu N35.125 Grafter Green rigids represent over 35% of the Smart Cut and TFN fleets. According to Smart Cut and TFN, their aim is to become an exclusively Isuzu fleet by the end of 2019. “Our initial attraction to Isuzu came from the payload. An impressive 7 tonne GTW Grafter as a result of its 3.5tonne gross towing capacity. This…

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  • Photo of LCVT handover first grounds maintenance vehicle to Days Rental

    LCVT handover first grounds maintenance vehicle to Days Rental

    LCVT Ltd (Light Commercial Vehicle Technology) delivers the first Grounds Maintenance Vehicle to Days Rental. They company have depots throughout the Midlands, Wales & the South West.   The vehicle, based on a Vauxhall Movano, is specifically for the Landscaping/Grounds maintenance Market.   It comes equiped with 1,400kg of payload, a full width tailgate, removable working at height barriers and a unique aluminium deck. This offers high levels of grip for both machinery and operatives in all weather conditions. With all this, the vehicle will prove very popular.   Safety is a key feature of the vehicle. Chapter eight graphics…

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  • Photo of New Innovation Hub at SALTEX

    New Innovation Hub at SALTEX

    New for 2018, SALTEX visitors can expect to see and experience the very latest groundscare ingenuity in a new area on the show floor which is purely dedicated to innovation hub for new concepts in grounds management. SALTEX plays host to the most technologically-advanced equipment showcase with hundreds of exhibitors pushing the boundaries with new products and services. Within this fast-paced and evolving industry, manufacturers are more forward-thinking than ever before to ensure their products match their client’s needs and with over 8,000 SALTEX visitors, these new technologies are certainly under the spotlight. According to the SALTEX 2017 visitor survey,…

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  • Photo of The Parks Trust recognised as one of the UK’s best green spaces

    The Parks Trust recognised as one of the UK’s best green spaces

    Self-financing charity The Parks Trust has received a prestigious Green Flag Award for the second year in a row. This was awarded for all of the parks, woodlands and lakes the Trust manages and maintains across Milton Keynes. The Parks Trust continues to be the only recipient of the award for a complete network of parks across a whole town or city. This international award, now into its third decade, is confirmation that The Parks Trust’s green spaces across the city are of the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities. David Foster, chief executive…

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  • Photo of What the hottest summer on record means for plant nurseries

    What the hottest summer on record means for plant nurseries

    With the UK on the brink of setting a record for the hottest summer in over 40 years, paired with significantly below average rainfall, plant resilience is being tested. Pro Landscaper speaks with Palmstead Nurseries and Provender Nurseries to discover the affect this heat is having on the upkeep of plants, and how nurseries are economising water usage. Professional nurseries commonly stock all manner of plants for 12 months of the year to satisfy demand, presenting a challenge to the industry, as it must adapt to maintain a variety of stock in all types of extreme weather. Liz Hughes of…

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