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Lawn care in Europe, Great Britain??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tacoma200, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,426

    I visit this board fairly often but I never see any post from overseas much. Just Australia which is interesting. I would be interested to if any of you know about lawn care in Europe or Great Britain. Do they use the same brands of mowers, are ZTR's popular. In general what is the lawn care business like there and how does it differ from the US and Canada. Any information would be interesting.
  2. SouthernFried

    SouthernFried LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 273

    Starting small business's in socialist countries is a serious endeavor. You think we got it bad with regulation/fees/taxes, etc...

    I imagine there's a huge black market tho...they prolly don't want to be too visible posting here. They're serious criminals donchaknow ;)
  3. snippy

    snippy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 130

    Actually SouthernFried I'm quite surprised to hear of all the regulations you guys have too put up with in the land of the free, some things that come to mind are not being able to put flyers in mail boxes, not leaving your rigs out the front of your houses and fertilizing/ poisoning regs too.
    We get away with anything downunder, we practically do whatever the hell we feel like, as for lawns I think the citizens of the US place more emphasis on a nice looking lawn than Australia, we're made to feel guilty if we use any water, which is in short supply, nobody gives a #$%^ what their lawns look like around here as long as they're hacked into submission once a month!
  4. furball3

    furball3 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 59

    I think that the main reason we dont hear much from our friends across the pond is really the same reason we came over here 200 years ago.

    Only Royalty owns land. The average person doesnt really own land. The have houses/condos/flats etc but dont own land. Maybe a small front/back yard that would be less than 1000 s.f.

    A lot of the land was divided up waaaaayyyyyy back when. A good part of it is still in whatever family it was given too. (Unless they fell into bad graces with whatever Monarch in wich case the land was taken awar from that famile and given to another.) Or a rock star bought it. (Think of the Beatles, Stones etc)

    When a family cant afford the land any more it goes to the National Trust. (I think that is the name anyway).

    I know that the Manor homes and all have on site staff to do the yard work. Its not uncommon for those jobs to be done by several generations of the same family. (Chances are they live on site somewhere as part of their pay)

    I am sure there are some LCO's out there. But not all that many compared to what we have here. After all ever since the Mayflower we have been all about the average person owning land.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    Australia, I'm there dude!

    There was a guy on here maybe 2 weeks ago from the UK, he's the only non-American/Canadian/Aussie I've seen.
  6. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707


    I like the Aussie response, they sound like Mississippians....

    to me. Of which I am...


    I think that England probably invented lawn mowing....check the history...and let us know...

    I would like to here from them, since they probably invented it....
  7. furball3

    furball3 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 59

    here are some results from some Google searching

    lawn care companies united kingdom - Results about 54,700
    lawn care companies usa - Results about 136,000

    Lawn care Usa - Results about 332,000
    Lawn care united kingdom - results about 303000

    lawn care england - results about 141,000
    lawn care usa - results about 332,000

    Doesnt really say much other than I can come up with a few names for England...
  8. SouthernFried

    SouthernFried LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 273

    Actually, I was born in England. Most of my family still lives there. I like to give them a hard time whenever I can...one of life's little joys.

    Actually, I don't know squat about how they do lawncare in England. However, when I'm looking up lawn care equipment/prices...sure get a lotta UK hits.

    Snippy...oh ya...USA sucks regulation-wise. Most of us yanks look longingly at Australia as how the US used to be...wild, free, a little bit dangerous.

    We've all seen Crocidile Dundee several times.
  9. Sam-Ohio

    Sam-Ohio LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 304

    I sure hope that is what passes for humor in Texas, otherwise it makes you sound as out of the loop as poor old Dubya !:eek:

    One of the British brands of commercial mowers is Ransommes.

    Ever heard of them ?

    Have you ever been to England ? - Have you ever been out of Texas ?

    The Brits are far more into gardens and plantings and highly landscaped yards than the average American is. The total area of the average mans yard is usually much smaller - more nearly like the yards are here that are closer into our cities, but they also tend to do a lot more with the grounds surrounding their homes.
  10. EastTnLC

    EastTnLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    I have seen some Exmark mowers for sale on ebay and a few people were in Great Britain.

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