What are views on yesterday's Alan Titchmarsh's 'Love your garden program on Ch 3.
Seems to me to be just a re jigged 'Ground Force' with more personnel especially younger female gardeners ;-) They gave out some material costings but as usual no indication of labour costs. The whole designer garden project would be out of reach of most I guess
Did you see the table with the fish in it cost £2500????
Really poorly done and never gave any indication as to how much the planting would have cost either. These programmes have such a chance to give a real indication as to value for quality workmanship and skills.
thees type of programs give Joe public the wrong impression of costs and time scale, how many man hours. time for sousing materials, is there vat to be added to the few prices they tell you. i only saw bits of the prog painting the deck then rain and a tarp had been put over from the house wall after it had been painted, the ground swimming in water etc. i remember when Alan was on gardeners world a few years back pruning a apple tree, you do this and that then cut away to something else then back an he said that didn't take long did it, there was 6 men doing one tree a couple of week later i priced to prune one and she said Alan only took half a hour?
I was always asked "oo I bet you like Groundforce, dont you?" .............er no! I can honestly say I have gained no ideas or inspiration from these programmes - just irritation! I will admit it seemed to kickstart the decking boom and can always rememember 'Tommy' knocking up a big frame, dropping it down on the skimmed ground and whacking the pre cut boards on with his trusty nail gun - job done. Then having to explain to customers why he did it in a couple of hours and we wanted a few days!
Colin Hunt said:
I will admit it seemed to kickstart the decking boom
On seeing Alan Titchmarsh's acceptance, albeit begrudgingly, to the laying of the artificial turf, made me think another boom could be about to start!
I think there is a time and place for artifical turf. AS I have been to see many elderly could who have a sloping garden and both can never manage without a walking frame so would never be able to cut the lawn. Shame they did not contact me prior to having it laid as I could have given them a good price for cutting. but you loose some and gain some.
What about a Youtube channel showcasing members doing real garden makeovers showing how long jobs really take, the manpower and equipment needed, as well as cost summaries and pricing at the end.