Sargent's Solutions

Alan Sargent is an independent gardens consultant. His latest book, The Landscaper's Survival Manual, is available from www.alansargent.co.uk.

Sargent's Solutions - How can contractors lower the risk of disputes with customers?

Proper paperwork and tight control of your business are key to avoiding disputes, Alan Sargent advises.

Sargent's Solutions - How to reap rewards from static advertising

Planted displays can draw new customers but they entail costs and commitment, writes Alan Sargent.

Sargent's solutions: How to create the right impression

Honesty, research and forethought are all essential when applying for a job in this industry, says Alan Sargent.

Sargent's solutions - how to make a successful landscape business acquisition

Buying another business can increase your own offer but there are important questions to consider, says Alan Sargent.

Sargent's solutions - regulations and legislative requirements underline the professional status of landscape contractors and gardeners

Regulations benefit individual gardeners and landscapers as well as the wider industry, Alan Sargent explains.

Sargent's solutions - tips on how to optimise your application for a gardening job

Making your job application stand out can be key to landing a senior or head gardener position, Alan Sargent explains.

Sargent's solutions - how to avoid the traps of 'professional non-payers'

Be wary of unscrupulous clients who may look for loopholes to avoid settling up at the end of a job, Alan Sargent warns.

Sargent's solutions - avoiding potential pitfalls when accepting extra landscaping work

Taking a considered approach can help prevent welcome requests for extra work becoming a curse, Alan Sargent explains.