I am getting there, trying to put some people off till January, I am hoping and have a plan in motion that I will be fully booked in the dark cold months the only problem will be rain and snow.

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I always try and plan 2-3months ahead,but i havent enjoyed the summer yet,not thought about the winter,

in the paving and surfacing sector the main issue is the low temperatures and dampness in the air

Chin up, but i know how you feel.

Rob Glassborow said:

I think I might give I up this winter. The vehicle lease runs out early in the new year, and a good point to make a decision.

 

Its getting harder to keep going, and im a bit fed up of constantly rescuing neglected garden situations, than moving a garden forward. I think that as a nation we have lost the interest in gardens, and alot of people think that its a £10 ph to have their neglected site 'designed', and 'landscaped'.

I am 2 to 3 months confirmed ahead, but no way in the world do i want a winter like last year so i have gardens ready to be worked on then.


Peak" resin" Surfacing said:

I always try and plan 2-3months ahead,but i havent enjoyed the summer yet,not thought about the winter,

in the paving and surfacing sector the main issue is the low temperatures and dampness in the air

Yes I'm preparing - got holiday brochures, deciding which wine to sip in the cold evenings, getting new bookshelves to stock up ready for some welcome time off... aah I can't wait!
I have that sorted aswell lol

Dan Frazer Gardening said:
Yes I'm preparing - got holiday brochures, deciding which wine to sip in the cold evenings, getting new bookshelves to stock up ready for some welcome time off... aah I can't wait!
I'm actually starting to wonder why bother trying to work through winter given that this time of year we are easily earning more in one week than we did in the whole of December and January put together.

Planning for the Winter discussion already, and not even past the Longest Day yet.  A good idea, for without plan, what have you got.

 

For ourselves as Growers, we were actually discussing this very subject today.  Last Winter we lost many plants through a unusually cold December, and today we were finally throwing out over 500 10 litre+ plants, which prompted our conversation.

 

Much against our principles, we today decided to move all evergreens inside by the last week in November.  We hate plants under protection, but we cannot take the risk again this year.

 

As usual, we will close for our annual holiday between 24th Dec & 2nd ish of January.

 

 

 

 

Normally try to put off my big hedges off till the winter.

 

Then pray for strong winds to bring in fencing work.

 

Winter seems to go quicker every year what with a couple of weeks off for Christmas and a couple for snow.

Ideal world - build up a reserve fund equivalent to  X months x your monthly income for the winter months so you don't have to worry about working in the cold dark days - anything you do earn is a big fat cherry on the cake.

 

If you can don't sit on your backside watching Jeremy Kyle but spend the time developing your business and drill into all areas - become more efficient more active in the operational period and more profitable.
Jez @ Hedges and Lawns said:

I'm actually starting to wonder why bother trying to work through winter given that this time of year we are easily earning more in one week than we did in the whole of December and January put together.

We have had in the past some storming Decembers, with plant supply to Landscapers and Designers. 

 

The last storming one was '06 the hosepipe ban year, could be again?  Many projects were delayed that year, and plant sales were as good as April.

 

Growers hate August and January as a rule, seen nothing in 30 years to change that view.

I've been planning for Winter since March!

As long as we don't have too much lying snow or ice and temperatures don't go below minus 3 then window cleaning goes on as normal though for most clients garden maintenance tends to stop in November and pick up in March. Yes, we know that work is needed all year round but lots of customers don't see it that way - especially when they are trying to save a penny or two!

Our plan from now until end October is to try and put away funds from both the garden/window cleaning business to cover up to a months 'lay off' looking at worse case scenario (we lost approx 7 days last Nov/December).

Putting some money aside each month for winter, now I'm busy again.

Plus I do a lot of apple and pear tree pruning and have several customers I work for year round.

I'm offering mole catching now and jope this will bring a few bob in.

Failing that I could always go and visit my brother in Australia for a month or two to stop me getting cabin fever !

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