Mowing Like A Pro

Following on from yesterday’s post about buying grass seed, today we’re going to look at another lawn related topic – mowing!

Have you ever wondered why your neighbours lawn looks perfect, yet no matter how much effort you put into your own, it falls short? Well – it might be more to do with your chosen equipment than the effort you use. When it comes to lawns, workmen can rightfully blame bad tools rather than the other way around!

The fact of the matter is actually fairly obvious – if you’re looking at a neatly striped lawn, the owner responsible obviously knows what they’re doing. The average household mower doesn’t do a great job of creating those stripes – and at the other end of the spectrum, grass rollers aren’t the easiest things to get the hang of quickly. So, what’s the secret of those neighbours with the impressive lawns?

The answer is probably at least partly in the mower that they chose to invest in. It’s likely that they’re taking advantage of the technology you get in a lot of petrol mowers, which are very popular among professional gardeners. That said, they’ve tumbled in price in recent years, to the point that they’re reasonably similar to the popular Flymo type mowers we’ve all used over the years (you know, the ones that seem to do anything but ‘fly’).

Petrol mowers have a number of advantages – not least that they’re cordless. Electric corded mowers can often be inconvenient, and you’ll find yourself dancing around the cable, trying not to sever it with the mower blade. Petrol mowers, on the other hand, aren’t tethered to a power point, so you’re free to roam at will. Of course that’s also true of some electric mowers too, as battery driven models can be charged in advance to provide the power.

Another big plus to petrol powered lawnmowing is that some models will drive themselves forward. That means that they’ve got a motor that not only spins the cutting blade(s), but also powers the wheels to give the mower forward motion too – all you really need to do is steer. Most have a speed adjustment control so that you can control your pace, but really it’s as simple as that to use – just pull a lever and off you go, much like any other mower but with less effort required.

You might be wondering then why we’re talking about these advantages when we were previously on the subject of getting great results, not the convenience of not plugging in or the amount of effort to push the thing. Well, that’s where the final big advantage comes in – striping. Self propelled mowers are available that also stripe as they go. If you’re pushing a mower manually, the last thing you want is to have to drag a striping attachment along with it – mowing can be hard enough as it is. In this case though, it’s the mower doing the work (or the fuel at least). That means it’s a simple case of walking up and down the garden, ensuring you switch direction for each pass. As if by magic, you’ve then got a perfectly striped lawn once you’ve finished mowing. We say perfect, but that’s going to be down to your ability to walk in a straight line and keep your lines evenly spaced. Regardless though, it’s much easier than the alternatives.

To get the best results, regular mowing is key. You need a thick and healthy lawn to get the most impressive stripes, and that will mean staying on top of all elements of your lawns wellbeing. The good news is that many lawn treatment options are available, from seed to replace bald areas to feeding solutions to encourage faster and thicker growth.


Grass Seed – Buyers Tips To Choose Well

There are many people who take pride in their lawn, and these people know that a great lawn is a huge selling point if you are selling your home. Other people just prefer to put a lot of time and energy into their lawn because they love the look of a green, and lush grass covering. If you have a lawn that looks less than perfect, there are many things you can do. Besides watering and fertilizing, you should consider planting grass seed to fill in some of the blank spots.

You can find grass seed at almost any home improvement store, and you may be able to get someone to help you choose what you need. What you buy will depend on what type of grass you already have, or if you want to start all over again, what type of grass you would like. Many people don’t know it, but there are different types of grass seed that each give a different look to a lawn. It is relatively easy to plant as long as you follow a few simple rules.

Most people lay down grass seed in the autumn so that it has time to take root, and then it will grow properly in the spring. When you do this, you want to rope off the part of the lawn that you are seeding so that no one walks over it. It might be best to place a few signs stating that the lawn is roped off because of grass seed. There are many who will ignore ropes unless they know why they are there. Don’t leave them guessing. You will find that most will respect this.

You want to cover your grass seed with hay so that the birds don’t feed on it too much. Traditionally, the seeds are thrown down on the top of the soil, and this makes them easy pickings for birds and even squirrels. A layer of hay will help keep them away. If you are going through a dry spell, you should make sure you water your grass seed, as well as the rest of your lawn at least once a day. This will help it grow more quickly and take root before the winter comes. Though there are some that claim you should only water your lawn at dusk or after dark, it is really okay to do so at any time of the day.

Get Out In The Fresh Air

Here on the mountain we’re all about nature – fresh air, long walks and taking in the breathtaking scenery.

In the coming months, we’ll be leading expeditions with some amateur mountaineers to help them get the first taste of the experience they’ll need to make up the future team in the Foothills.

Do you think you’ve got what it takes? Could you help carry out rescue missions and keep the land safe and secure?

If you’re interested, come in for an informal chat. We’re a friendly team and we’d love to hear from you. Bring along anyone you think might also be interested!