Landscaper Peter Killen - BALI's technical director for its UK Skills landscape gardening competition - said he was concerned by reports that firms were being outbid on work by up to 20% (HW, 4 September). "It has taken 20 years to get the industry to where it was before the recession; with landscapers dropping prices it is a slow suicide," he warned.
Killen said in the past he had seen a landscaping firm drop its prices to five per cent below cost in a bid to force other firms in the area out. "What [the owner] didn't work out was that when other landscapers went bust, their employees set up their own smaller businesses and undercut him," he added.
Subscribe to Horticulture Week for more news, more in-depth features and more technical and market info.