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The Only Way is Ethics

The Only Way is Ethics

The Only Way is Ethics - my take on some social media business and marketing techniques in the garden maintenance industry. Recently, particularly within social media, I have observed quite a few business practices that, in my opinion, have come right out of the book...

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Coast & Castles – fundraising tour

Coast & Castles – fundraising tour

Some of you may know my daughter was recently diagnosed with Crohn's disease (click here for that blog).  It has been a bit of a whirlwind for my daughter, but we know, with support, we will deal with whatever this disease throws at us.   We really wanted to do...

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My Daughter – Crohn’s disease

My Daughter – Crohn’s disease

This is a photo of me (Michael) and my daughter.  My daughter lives and works near Sheffield.  This photo was taken in 2016 in our garden in East Kilbride during one of her visits.  It’s not the best quality photo, but it’s one of my favourites.  My daughter gave me...

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7 Days 7 Roses

7 Days 7 Roses

This blog sets out a thread of posts we set out on our social media pages on Twitter and Facebook. The idea for the posts came about after we attended one of the The Great Get Together events held in East Kilbride. The event inspired us to say a big Thank You to...

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Modern Lawn Care – a book review

Modern Lawn Care – a book review

Modern Lawn Care - a book review This is a review of the book Modern Lawn Care, by David Hedges-Gower, published in 2014. I was one of the first to purchase the book and uploaded this review on Amazon in October 2014. Here is the review: I run a garden maintenance...

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I stand like a greyhound in the slips

I stand like a greyhound in the slips

Every year, since starting our lawn care and garden maintenance business in 2013, I get excited towards the end of February.  I get excited because the weather starts to think about warming up after winter, and the grass on lawns begins to show the first...

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There is a plant for everyone

There is a plant for everyone

I believe there is a plant for everyone.  This may be a fairly straightforward statement when applied to people who enjoy plants and who have begun to recognise how beneficial plants can be.  These types of people are very likely to have already realised the...

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Gardening is good for you.

Gardening is good for you.

Gardening is good for you ‘Gardening is good for you’.  It’s a popular theme.  I carried out a quick internet search  recently and found numerous blogs with lists such as ’10 reasons why gardening is good for you’, 11 reasons, 12 reasons, 13 reasons,...

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3 is a magic number

3 is a magic number

For thousands of years many people have believed that 3 is a magic number - omne trium perfectum - every three is perfect.  In our gardening business 3 is certainly our magic number.  We have used this long established theory of threes in our business...

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Grass Cutting verses Lawn Care

Grass Cutting verses Lawn Care

Grass Cutting verses Lawn Care: Some people think grass cutting and lawn care are the same thing.  For sure lawn care does include grass cutting, but grass cutting certainly does not include all the elements of lawn care.  This blog explain why grass cutting and lawn...

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Gardening in winter

Gardening in winter

For some people winter and gardening are not two things that go together.  For sure, there are perhaps less gardening jobs to do in a domestic garden in the middle of a housing estate in East Kilbride in the middle of winter, and there may even be snow and frost...

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How to grow a gardener

How to grow a gardener

In 2014 my story about my transition from a lawyer to a gardener featured in a book called, How To Grow A Gardener.  Click this From Law to Lawns link to read my story featured in the book. The book was a collection of stories recounting how 25 people became...

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Pellenc Rasion – battery lawn mower

Pellenc Rasion – battery lawn mower

I had been looking forward to getting a look at the Pellenc Rasion professional battery lawn mower for quite a while.  Lawns, professional lawn care and lawn care machinery are really important to the lawn care side of our business (The Lawn Advocates), and I had been...

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Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Autumn is a wonderful time of year to appreciate the changing colours of the trees and shrubs in your garden, and also especially the colours around the town and surrounding countryside.  As the air temperature becomes noticeably cooler, and the amount of daylight...

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Pro Turf Care: The Sports Complex

Pro Turf Care: The Sports Complex

What is a club [or turfcare] in any case?……. “It’s a small boy [or girl] clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his [or her] father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him [or her] and, without being able to do a thing about...

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Mentoring

Mentoring

Mentoring If you light a lamp for someone, it will also brighten your own path (proverb). [This blog is the text of a talk I gave in front of over 200 horticulture students at a Chartered Institute of Horticulture, Grow Careers event at the Scottish Rural College...

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Pro Turf Care: The 3G Football Pitch

Pro Turf Care: The 3G Football Pitch

This is the third blog in a series of blogs relating to turf care professionals. Why on earth would a pro-turf care series of blogs feature artificial pitch care?  I know there will be some people who might ask such a question.  Artificial grass isn't grass at all -...

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