Planted displays can draw new customers but they entail costs and commitment, writes Alan Sargent.
Losing a valued member of staff can be a positive opportunity for change rather than a disaster, Alan Sargent suggests.
Failing to carry out a thorough external site assessment at the start of a job can lead to big problems, warns Alan Sargent.
Honesty, research and forethought are all essential when applying for a job in this industry, says Alan Sargent.
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.
Making your job application stand out can be key to landing a senior or head gardener position, Alan Sargent explains.
Be wary of unscrupulous clients who may look for loopholes to avoid settling up at the end of a job, Alan Sargent warns.
Taking a considered approach can help prevent welcome requests for extra work becoming a curse, Alan Sargent explains.
Clear terms and conditions and contract security can help smaller operators to avoid payment issues, says Alan Sargent.
There are ways to find quality candidates for horticultural jobs if you widen your search parameters, Alan Sargent suggests.
In the second of a two-part article, Alan Sargent looks at the functions of today's gardens manager.
Continual learning is an essential part of the job and professionals should embed it in their work process, says Alan Sargent.
Careful preparation is essential for anyone moving from a full-time job to being self-employed, says Alan Sargent.
Marketing & Sales Manager UK for Forage and Turf Grasses
DSV Home Based
Kilchoan Management Limited Kilmelford, Oban
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway Exbury, Southampton
Gardens Supervisor, Wrest Park
English Heritage - Wrest Park Bedfordshire
Assessor/Instructor in Horticulture and/or Landscaping
Guildford College Group Guildford, Surrey