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Kit & Machinery

Battery blowers Reviewed: will battery blowers go the distance?

Battery blowers Reviewed: will battery blowers go the distance?

Fed up of having to start and restart blowers? Then there is the refuelling, mixing the two-stroke and carrying a spare can. Once running, emissions can be unpleasant and noise from a petrol engine demands earmuffs be worn. An alternative is battery power.

How will new engine regulations affect woodchipper purchase options?

How will new engine regulations affect woodchipper purchase options?

With new engine regulations taking effect next month, Sally Drury looks at buying options and tests latest models.

What do the latest developments in petrol and battery-powered chainsaws have to offer?

What do the latest developments in petrol and battery-powered chainsaws have to offer?

Manufacturers are improving battery and petrol models, with sales on the rise year on year, writes Sally Drury.


In depth

Business Planning - Be prepared for living wage rise

Business Planning - Be prepared for living wage rise

Cutting staff is not always a smart response to higher labour costs, writes Neville Stein.

Horticulture careers - plugging the skills gap

Horticulture careers - plugging the skills gap

Bespoke apprenticeships and internal training are helping firms to get ahead in skills-shortage horticulture, says Rachel Anderson.

Business planning - managing insurance

Business planning - managing insurance

Follow these steps to ensure adequate cover and the best deal when reviewing your insurance, Neville Stein advises.


Pest & Disease Management Factsheets

Pest & Disease Management - Caterpillars affecting ornamentals growers

Pest & Disease Management - Caterpillars affecting ornamentals growers

Control strategies mainly focus on larval stages.

Notifiable pests & diseases

Notifiable pests & diseases

Import controls and nursery inspections are crucial tools for keeping stock healthy and enabling sales.

Pest & Disease Management - Honey fungus

Pest & Disease Management - Honey fungus

With action difficult and labour intensive, accurate identification of this root disease is key to tackling infection.