Happy New Year, and here’s to a bright 2021!

It’s no secret that 2020 was the year that we were all willing to end – and now it has! January is here, and the new year brings hope and  anticipation for the future.

Whether you took up gardening last year, when you found yourself with more time on your hands, or if you were already a keen gardener, now is the time to start making plans so that all of last year’s work doesn’t go to waste. Perhaps there’s a project that you’ve been inspired to do? Whatever your ideas for your garden, it’s always best to have a plan of action. Why not spend this month, when there is little to physically do in the garden, planning and  gathering inspiration for the coming year?

Cobra has everything you need to get your garden ship-shape and well maintained throughout the year, so it’s a good idea to make a list of your upcoming tasks to see what equipment you need. One of your first jobs of the year will be trimming hedges and trees, before the bird nesting season starts. Removing any dead or damaged branches will also prevent further damage and will neaten your garden up. For trees, try the Cobra CS35040VZ 40v cordless chainsaw. Lightweight at just 5.5kg, the chainsaw is packed with innovative features to help you maintain your garden with minimal effort. For added convenience, the battery is interchangeable throughout our entire 40v range.

To tidy up your hedges, the Cobra HT55040VZ cordless hedgetrimmer is built to tackle the most demanding jobs. With its 55cm double sided blade, tooth spacing of 28mm and 40v Li-ion Samsung battery it will make light work of hedges. Lightweight, powerful and easy to use, it will see you through all of your hedgetrimming jobs throughout the year. Being cordless, it is easy and safe to transport to allotments if needed too!

If you are just starting out on your gardening journey, or if you simply need to replace a number of tools and want to save space (and money) a great option is a multi-tool. These multi-functional tools include a variety of useful attachments to tackle a variety of jobs that will always crop up in the garden.

The Cobra MT270K 5-in-1 Petrol Multi-Tool System is powered by a 26.3cc Kawasaki engine, it includes four high-quality attachments – a grass trimmer, a brushcutter, a pole pruner and a long reach hedgecutter with articulating head, together with an extension shaft for ultimate versatility. All the tools to tackle garden tasks on one space-saving handle!

A little bit of forward planning and sorting now, will mean a more productive and organised gardening year ahead.  View the full range of Cobra garden machinery here: https://www.cobragarden.co.uk/

Getting fired up this winter

Everyone loves a bonfire in the winter. They not only provide heat during these chilly months, but they’re a great way of getting rid of any garden waste that you’re not composting. This includes wood, branches, bark, weeds or anything similar. Before a bonfire is lit, though, there are a few considerations to keep in mind.

  1. Read local guidelines

The guidelines for lighting a bonfire will vary depending on where you live, so make sure to check what your local council recommends before making your bonfire. If bonfires are allowed in your area, it’s important to check with your neighbours first so they can close their windows and doors to avoid the smoke. If you want to ignite that community spirit, why not ask if they have any garden waste of their own that they want to pop on the fire?

2. Choosing a location for the bonfire

Build your bonfire in a safe place that won’t present a fire hazard to surrounding buildings, trees or fences. To do this, you’ll need to make sure the bonfire is at a distance of at least five times its own height from buildings or nearby objects. A slabbed area would be an ideal base, because building your fire on grass would not only scorch it, but could also cause excess smoke.

A clear space is also key, as unwanted materials may be accidently added to the bonfire if the area is not cleared first. Checking for hedgehogs or other animals is important too, so you’ll need to make sure they’re not hidden underneath any leaves. Our Cobra BV6524V Cordless Blower would be a practical tool to clear the area and reveal any prickly friends so that you can move them safely out of harm’s way. Its turbo mode provides a strong air output – easily clearing leaves out of the way – whilst the eco mode provides a quieter blow. Being handheld and battery powered, it also allows increased manoeuvrability and a lightweight feel.

3. Avoid damp weather and materials

Damp or wet garden waste will not only be harder to light, but it can also make your bonfire really smoky. Using fully dried materials will not only reduce smoke production, but it will also be better for the environment. Remember to light your bonfire on a dry, clear day too. If the air is damp, smoke can hang and make it foggy in surrounding areas, including your neighbours garden and nearby roads. This would be classed as an offence under The Highway Act 1980, so it’s important to remember that clear skies are best.

4. Shred your garden waste

To stay in control of your bonfire, make sure the garden waste being used is cut into small pieces. If you use large branches or pieces of wood, the bonfire can easily become unmanageable and hazardous. Our range of Cobra Petrol Powered Chainsaws would be the ideal appliance for you to cut up any large pieces of wood or longer branches, making them easier and safer to put into the bonfire. Our chainsaws come in different sizes, including 14’’, 16’’ and 18’’, so you can choose a size best suited to you.

If you need to make your waste even smaller and more manageable, the Cobra QS2500 Quiet Shredder would be a great tool to use. The plunger makes it easier to push the materials through the shredder, whilst the 50-litre collection box keeps all your shredded garden waste in one place, keeping your tidying up to a minimum. That’s not all, though – this shredder is also a great tool for cutting up materials to use for compost or mulch throughout the year.

5. Save the bonfire ash

The ash from your bonfire has a number of useful qualities for gardening, so make sure you collect it after letting it cool for a few days. Using a small amount of ash in you compost heap can help reduce its acidity, and it acts as a plant nutrient too. Avoid using too much in your gardening, though, as it can create excessive alkalinity, meaning the nutrients – such as iron and manganese – will dissolve easily, which can result in lime-induced chlorosis.

Following these simple guidelines on safety, wildlife protection and neighbourliness will result in a flaming good time for all!

Protect our prickly garden friends

All gardeners know that hedgehogs are great allies to have – they hoover up slugs and snails (the gardener’s nemeses), and love eating caterpillars, beetles and invertebrates. The future has looked worrisome for our prickly friends for some time now, but due to their drastic decline, they are now listed as ‘vulnerable’ on Britain’s red list of mammals, with numbers falling by up to 50% in rural areas since 2000.

As hedgehogs prepare to hunker down for their hibernation, which begins in November and lasts until March, gardeners can play a part in helping to create comfortable habitats for them to keep snug throughout the winter.

Hedgehogs favour layers of leaves to create their winter nests, so keep a pile separate from your mulching or composting, and place it in dark corner of the garden that won’t be disturbed. Making an area of the garden more like a hedgehog habitat, even just a corner that is a little wilder, will help to encourage hedgehogs to take up residence. You may even want to make or purchase a hedgehog house and fill it with newspaper strips, hay, and dry autumn leaves. Make sure that hedgehogs have easy access to your garden by creating a hole in each fence for them to crawl through, and  remember to keep your garage and shed doors closed so that hedgehogs don’t get trapped inside.

A blower is a great tool to have to help clear leaves away, and blow them into your hedgehog corner.

The BV2600 Electric Powered Blower Vacuum has a power rating of 2600W and a wind speed of 270km/h, which means it can cope with damp, soggy leaves easily, whilst its ergonomic handle makes it comfortable to use. With the additional benefit of being able to switch instantly to its power mulching system, along with its large 45ltr collection bag, this is the perfect tool to create a pile of leaves for the hedgehogs, and clear away the rest of them neatly.  

If you’re after more power to clear a medium to large area, or even if you just prefer a petrol machine, the easy to start Cobra BV26C 26cc Petrol Powered Blower Vac has everything you need. Again, with the additional benefit of quick change blow to vac and high-performance mulching capabilities, you’ll be able to tidy your garden in no time, clearing leaves to prevent leaf mold diseases from spreading, and helping to create cosy hedgehog habitats.

An alternative to electric or petrol, and a great option for those who are after something lightweight and easy to use is a battery powered version. Being battery powered also means that it is easy and safe to transport if you have an allotment, and noise is kept to a minimum – which the hedgehogs will no doubt appreciate. The Cobra BV65V Cordless Blower is powered by a 24v Lithium-ion battery and boasts a run time of up to 20 minutes. Users can swtich between eco and turbo modes, depending upon how much power they need.

A little bit of clearing and sorting now, as the leaves are falling, can help create valuable habitats for these precious creatures, that need our support to save them from disappearing entirely. View the full range of Cobra garden machinery here, and don’t forget to check for snoozing hedgehogs before clearing any areas: https://www.cobragarden.co.uk/

Mulchi-tasking

There is no escaping the fact the autumn has officially arrived – there is that familiar crisp feel to the air, even on a bright, sunny day, and the leaves are beginning to turn an array of rusty orange and russet red. It won’t be long before the trees shake off their leaves entirely and bare their arms ready for the embrace of winter.

This sprinkle of fallen leaves can be seen as curse for gardeners, creating slippery pathways and the perfect breeding ground for pests and diseases. When used correctly, though, leaves can be a blessing.

1. Feed your lawn

A covering of leaves on your lawn can suffocate it, but by mowing them in, you can feed the grass with a great soil conditioner that will help it retain moisture and stay healthy over winter. You’ll need a mulching lawnmower for this, which is designed to recirculate the grass clippings so they are cut into small pieces and can be left on the lawn rather than collected and bagged.

2. Make mulch and compost

Leaf litter can be used directly as mulch, by simply drying and shredding the leaves, and spreading them around your plants. Leaf mulch has a number of great benefits, breaking down into a soil conditioner and insulating plants and vegetables, and acting as a useful weed barrier. For an extra boost, the collected leaves can be turned into leaf mould, a nutritious mulch material that can provide multiple health benefits to your plants and soil, including;

  • Improving soil fertility, which reduces the need for fertilising
  • Suppressing weeds
  • Improving soil texture, which helps with drainage
  • Helping to retain moisture
  • Protecting roots from extreme temperatures

The process of making leaf mould is very simple. Once you have gathered up the leaves – try using a blower for speed and ease – place them in a compost bin and leave to break down over time, keeping the mixture damp and turning it over at least once a week. For a nicely balanced compost, mix in some grass clippings to add nitrogen. 

Your mixture will be ready to use in spring, providing your garden with free, organic goodness through the year.

3. Insulation for your shed

The simplest thing you can do with leaves is collect them up and pop them in a bag, packing them as tightly as you can. Stack the bags up along the walls of your shed to keep it insulated during the freezing winter months. The leaves can then be used in spring as a useful mulch – that is some seriously helpful mulchi-tasking.

September is the best month to invest in your lawn

September is the best month for autumn lawncare and renovation as the weather is still relatively warm with little risk of frost, there is plenty of rainfall (certainly the case for the last couple of weeks), and there are fewer seeding weeds. It is also great time to examine your lawn for any signs of wear-and-tear so that any treatment you apply has a chance to take effect before temperatures drop.

Weekly mowing can still continue but it’s important to raise your mower height by one or two settings once the growth starts to slow. It’s also best to mow in the afternoon as dew is returning and damp, morning grass can easily clog up inside your mower.

Our wide range of mowers offers petrol, electric and battery powered options, to suit every garden. If you’re looking for a good all-rounder, you can’t go wrong with our award-winning MX3440V Cordless Mower. It lets you get more done without the need for cables and has five different cutting heights. It’s ideal for small or medium sized gardens. It’s great for people trying to choose more environmentally friendly alternatives too and can be easily and safely stored away over winter, without the worry of draining and storing unused petrol.

September is the time for heavy scarifying, if your lawn requires it. This is only necessary if your lawn has thick hatch or moss infestations, so check for that before you begin. Scarifying is a process that removes this ‘undergrowth’ from lawns which, if left, can prevent water and fertilisers from reaching the roots and soil. If done by hand, scarifying can be a backbreaking process, particularly if you have a large lawn or if it is particularly affected by moss and thatch. In these circumstances, a scarifier would be a much better choice of tool than a rake.  Our S3840V Battery Powered Scarifier is ideal for domestic lawns, running for up to 45 minutes on a single charge.

You may have also noticed that your lawn is suffering from compaction, with the ground feeling very hard and rainwater running off it easily. This is not uncommon after a long, hot summer – particularly one when we all had to spend most of it at home and in our gardens, trampling the lawn. Aerating your lawn will allow better movement of air and water throughout the soil, creating a healthier root system so that it will manage better in periods of drought or waterlogging. Concentrate on areas that receive the most wear and those that are heavily compacted. Our SA32E Electric Scarifier and Aerator has the ability to both scarify and aerate your lawn, which will allow air and moisture to reach the soil and encourage strong, vibrant growth.

Once you’ve scarified and aerated, you may notice that your lawn looks worse than it did before you started. Don’t worry, this is totally normal! After several weeks of strong growth the look of your lawn will improve and it will, in time, be much healthier than before. To help with recovery it may be necessary to overseed, particularly where there are bare patches. Again, September is the perfect time to be doing this, as the weather conditions are just right.

You can now harden your lawn up for winter by watering well and applying an autumn lawn feed, which is high in potassium which will help the grass to develop deeper roots, followed by applying a top dressing. This is the application of loam, sand and well-rotted organic matter in order to correct surface irregularities and improve the texture of difficult soils. This encourages greater rooting and thickening of turf.

Top-dressing mix is generally three parts sandy loam, six parts sharp sand and one part compost or leafmould which is worked into the lawn using the back of a rake.

 

Cutting back before autumn

August is a good time to get your garden back in check after the bulk of the summer growth. It’s amazing how much plants, trees, hedges and grass grow at this time of year, and left untended, gardens can become unkempt and overrun in no time! Towards the end of August, temperatures generally dip a little, meaning a slowdown in growth as the seasons begin to change. This month, cut back where you need to and your garden will look all the better for it next year.

Wildflower meadows have exploded in popularity recently as people have come to understand the important role they play in supporting our precious bees and butterflies. They also look stunning and lots of people have created mini wildflower meadows among their lawns to enjoy in their gardens.

August is the right time to collect seed heads from some of your wildflowers, then cut back your patch, as the flowers have released their seeds. Cutting back your wildflowers now will mean that they’ll come back in beautiful abundance next year.

Our brushcutters are perfect for the job – they have been expertly designed in the U.K to cater specifically for the changing conditions of the British garden and will make light work of cutting longer vegetation. Don’t worry if the wildflower patch looks bare and muddy when you’ve cut it back – the mud provides fertile ground for the seeds. Make sure you remove all the cuttings and add them to your compost pile.

With the classically British mixture of warm days and plenty of rain we’ve had, the shrubs, trees and hedges around the garden are in need of a good cut back after a growth spurt! Some of us have put off giving the garden a thorough trim, as waste recycling centres have been closed over lockdown, so now is the time to get the job done.

Even if you have been trimming your garden over lockdown, August is a good time for a maintenance trim before autumn. Our hedgetrimmer range has a model to suit everybody and every garden, including some long-reach models to tackle even the most unruly and outsized hedges. Investing in the right tools for the job will make it much quicker and easier. You might even be less likely to put it off in the future! They are ergonomically designed to be perfectly balanced, making them effortless to use.

Remember to check hedges thoroughly for nesting birds before you start trimming – nesting season runs from April to August and most of the birds will have flown the nest, but check for birds just in case and delay your trim for a month if necessary.

If you’ve cut back and need to get rid of the branches, why not use a shredder or chipper to break the material down so you can put in the compost bin? Wood chippings, along with food waste create a well-balanced compost that you will be able to nourish your garden with next year. Our QS2500 quiet drum shredder, a Kitchen Garden Magazine Best Buy, is a quiet drum shredder, designed to make shredding garden waste simple and effortless. If you need something more heavy-duty, our chippers make light work o

green debris and larger branches.

Don’t forget to protect yourself with goggles and gloves when you’re cutting back your garden or shredding waste.

Get your garden in order before autumn and then sit back with something refreshing and enjoy the last days of summer!

Projects to keep the kids entertained in the garden

Lockdown has been a different experience for everyone. For families with kids, keeping them entertained and home schooled has no doubt been quite challenging at times! Lockdown is lifting, but families will be spending lots of time at home together over the summer holidays very soon. Many of us have cancelled or postponed holidays abroad and will be having more of a staycation this year. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for good weather so we can be outdoors as much as possible. Here are a few ideas to keep the little ones busy in the garden.

Composting class

If your home schooling has been lacking, teach the kids about composting! Learning why it’s important and how the process works is interesting for children, and they can follow the process as it develops, eventually using their own compost to fertilise the garden. They can make it their own little project and it will help you out too!

Weed hunt

This is another thinly veiled trick to get the kids doing something useful in the garden! Spend a morning finding weeds with them and identifying and naming them. Then, show them how to pull up the weed and its root properly. When they’ve learned to identify a few different weeds and they understand how to pull them up, set them on a weed hunt and see how many they can find in an hour. You may need pocket money bribery for this one…

Build a bug hotel

Most children are fascinated by watching minibeasts, so the idea of building a bug hotel is exciting and really gets their imagination going. Gather old tubes, pallets, wooden crates and old plant pots and build a structure with plenty of layers, nooks and crannies for the bugs to make themselves at home. The Woodland Trust have got lots of great ideas for your bug hotel here. When you’ve finished building, get the kids to paint a colourful hotel sign. Then it’s just a matter of waiting for the guests to arrive!

Leaf rubbing scrapbook

Leaf rubbings are easy to do and they can look really beautiful. Get your kids to start a garden scrapbook, perhaps divided into seasons, to stick their leaf rubbings into. They can name the leaf and put dates against each rubbing to keep track of what trees you have in your garden (or local park).

Growing competition

If you’ve got competitive kids, they’ll love a plant growing competition! Depending on how patient they are, get them to plant their own tree, or sunflower, or even a tomato plant. If you sow soon then you can even start a pumpkin growing competition and see who has the largest one by Halloween. This will encourage them to learn the basics of gardening, especially diligent watering over the summer!

Make a seed packet

Making seed packets is a wonderful learning tool to help kids understand the lifecycle of a plant. They can make decorative packets to give to friends or family, or keep the seeds to plant next year. Poppies, marigolds and cornflowers all produce seeds that are easy to collect and they all have bright, bold colours that kids love. BBC Gardening has done a great tutorial on how to make seed packets here.

Grow something tasty

Herbs and cress are easy and quick to grow, boosting confidence in young gardeners! Growing a few herbs in pots by the back door means that they can check on the progress daily, and they can help gather freshly cut herbs for cooking! So they don’t lose interest, plant something that grows really quickly and something they have to wait for. Sow cress seeds in a shallow tray indoors on some damp cotton wool for a harvest in just a few days and sow parsley, chives and oregano to see growth in about three weeks.

We’d love to see what you and your kids get up to in the garden this summer! Share your projects with us and tag us into your pictures on Instagram @cobragardenmachinery.

Cobra continues Breast Cancer Now partnership

Last year, Cobra launched a new partnership with Breast Cancer Now, the research and care charity, by launching its limited edition pink mower that raised money for the charity.

Following the great success of the campaign which saw the lawnmower manufacturer donating £5,000 to the charity, Cobra has announced it is continuing its support for 2020.

£25 from every sale of the GTRM38P mower will be donated to the charity to help fund world class research and life changing support for anyone affected by breast cancer.

The GTRM38P electric lawnmower has a 15” cutting width and has seven different settings for the height of cut, which is easy to adjust with a simple lever. Weighing just 17kg and with a 10m cable it is a lightweight and convenient option that is ideal for smaller gardens. With its integrated rear roller it can even give the perfect striped finish. It also has an optional mulch plug that returns the grass clippings back into the lawn. Mulching lawnmowers recycle the grass by finely cutting and re-cutting the clippings. As the clippings decompose, nutrients and fertilisers are returned to the soil meaning the grass can be cut and fertilised at the same time.

Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity, steered by world-class research and powered by life-changing care. The charity is here for anyone affected by breast cancer, the whole way through, providing support for today and hope for the future.

Lisa Gilmour, Head of Regional Fundraising at Breast Cancer Now, the research and care charity, said: “From everyone at Breast Cancer Now, I would like to say a massive thank you to Cobra staff and customers for their ongoing support of the charity.

“Despite decades of progress in research and care, around 11,500 women and 80 men still die from breast cancer every year in the UK, with hundreds of thousands more living with the devastating, long-term physical and emotional impacts of the disease.

“The money that Cobra continues to raise will enable us to continue our vital work and help us get one step closer to our ambition that, by 2050, everyone diagnosed with the breast cancer lives – and is supported to live well. Every pound, every hour, every action will help us to get there. Thank you to Cobra for your on-going support and we are looking forward to continuing the partnership.”

Find out more information at cobragarden.co.uk and for further information about Breast Cancer Now please visit breastcancernow.org.

RRP £109.99.

 

 

What’s wrong with my lawn?

Is your lawn not looking its best? Is it not the perfect green carpet you want? Don’t worry! Help is at hand!

Here at Cobra we aren’t just experts in making lawnmowers, we also know a thing or two about maintenance too!

Problem: Grass is crisp and dry, and looks like hay

It’s a common misconception that this means the lawn has died. The good news is that might not be the case!

Grass is a plant and in traumatic situations such as extreme heat or drought it does all that it can to protect itself so it may in fact just be dormant and not dead. It’s likely to be working hard underneath the surface to get all the resources it can to its roots to keep it alive. Which is why the grass above the ground loses its lush, green colouring.

To find out if your lawn is dead or dormant, simply give the grass a little pull. If the roots are still established then they will cling on and you’ll face resistance. If it comes up quite easily in your hand then unfortunately it means you’ll need to sow a new lawn.

If it’s still alive then give it a helping hand by raking it gently to remove any dead matter that could easily build up. If it’s been a hot day then don’t forget to water it when you water the rest of your garden and plants. Lawns are often overlooked when the hose or watering can come out!

Problem: Lawn is full of dandelions, weeds, mushrooms and moss

It might sound obvious but the best way to conquer dandelions, weeds, mushrooms and moss long term is to have a healthy lawn! There are quick fixes to remove the immediate problem but without changing the conditions it will just come back time and time again.

Creating a healthy lawn really is the best remedy. A good lawn care regime of scarifying, aerating and mowing will have your lawn thriving in no time. Check out our top tips for the perfect mow!

Dandelions thrive in thin lawns. They have deep roots so simply mowing them down won’t solve it. Hand tools can help you dig up the root but will leave you with a hole so patches will need resowing afterwards.

Mushrooms are caused by decomposing material like old cuttings and thatch so be sure to remove all debris and rake regularly to gather up anything that might create the perfect environment for mushrooms to grow in.

Weedkillers can get rid of these problems but will also kill any grass that they come into contact with too so be careful when applying. For more information on how to find the best weedkiller for your lawn and your problems, read our previous lawncare tips article.

Problem: Patches, stripes or brown spots on the lawn

There can be many causes for this.

One of the most common is dog urine. This can cause small brown spots on the lawn as it contains nitrogen in high concentrate which can kill the grass. The best thing to do is to water the area as quick as you can before the discolouring appears. If left it will eventually repair itself but if you want a quicker fix you can cut out the area and resow the patch with lawn seed.

If the circles are larger this could be a fungus or a disease. If left untreated the fungus will starve the roots of moisture and nutrients causing the grass to die so be sure to treat the area with a fertiliser as soon as possible.

Another cause could be that it has had too much fertiliser, or an uneven application, which has burnt the grass turning it pale yellow or burnt brown. There may also be streaks showing where it was applied. Water it well to help it recover and use a spread in the future to avoid this happening again and to give an even covering.

If you’ve got a petrol-powered mower make sure you keep the petrol away from the grass. This can also cause it to die and discolour.

Problem: Grass covering is too thin

If your lawn is looking a little bare and you can see the soil underneath it’s likely that the soil is compacted and stopping the grass growing properly. Compaction means that the rainwater can’t penetrate and the grass isn’t getting the moisture that it requires.

Aerating is the best way to stop this. This process punches holes into the ground, allowing air and moisture to reach the soil and deliver all it needs to encourage strong, vibrant growth. Overseeding afterwards will also help.

Problem: Build up of dead grass that is matting and turning to thatch

It may seem that your mower isn’t collecting cuttings properly and you feel you frustratingly have to rake up the lawn afterwards. This is unlikely to be to do with the health of your mower but instead is down to the health of your lawn.

If the lawn is full of thatch and dead matter, then mowing will only make this worse. The blades won’t be able to cut the healthy grass and it will all end up sitting on the surface each time that you mow, ultimately building up to be thatch and preventing essential nutrients  from reaching the root.

However, mowers do require regular services to keep them kicking over nicely, and to have the blades checked and sharpened to give the perfect cut. Contact your local Cobra dealer to find out more.

How to have a healthy lawn

The running theme in our solutions for solving these problems is to have a healthy lawn in the first place!

Our lawncare tips will help you with this but here are some quick pointers!

For further reading and advice:

Lawncare mowing tips from the experts

Lawncare tips and how to choose the best mower for your garden

 

Lawncare tips and how to choose the best mower for your garden

Spring has arrived and we’ve been enjoying some welcome warmer weather. The whole garden needs some attention at this time of year – planting, trimming hedges and giving everything a bit of a spring clean after winter. Many of us have found ourselves with a little extra time this spring, so use it to get your lawn looking tip-top!

As grass grows at temperatures above 5°C, you’ve probably trimmed your lawn a few times already this year. Add a couple of extra steps into your lawncare regime and reap the rewards for months to come. To help your lawn look its best, carry out a simple care and maintenance routine a couple of times a year in spring and autumn. To encourage strong spring growth, lightly rake it to remove any moss and debris that may have accumulated – this will help to improve the air flow and drainage around the blades of grass, helping moisture to reach the soil below.

If your lawn is suffering from compaction, which is evident if the ground is very hard, rainwater runs off easily without soaking into the ground, and/or there is a layer of thatch (dead grass and roots) between the fresh grass growth and the soil, then you may need to use a scarifier to solve the problem if a manual rake isn’t up to the job. Our SA32E Electric Scarifier and Aerator has the ability to both scarify and aerate your lawn, which will allow air and moisture to reach the soil and encourage strong, vibrant growth.

Applying a lawn treatment, to feed the existing grass, target weeds in the lawn and re-seed sparse patches is easy, as there are plenty of all-in-one solutions on the market. If your lawn suffers from a specific issue, it might be best to buy a specifically designed product to solve the problem. If you need to re-seed patches of lawn, deter birds from eating the seed by mixing it with a bit of sand. Lawn feed products will be marked with an NPK label followed by a series of numbers.

These numbers are a percentage representing Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium – the three main elements that deliver nutrients to the plants and grass.

For example, NPK 20-30-10 is 20% nitrogen, 30% phosphorus and 10% potassium. Among other things, each helps with the following:

Nitrogen: boosts growth speed and colour

Phosphorous: helps the grass withstand stress and stimulates root growth

Potassium: reduces disease and strengthens the grass

There is no one size fits all, you should purchase the best NPK level for your lawn requirements. For example, an established lawn will need a product with a higher Nitrogen level whereas a new lawn will need more Phosphorus to stimulate root growth, but a stressed lawn will need more Potassium to give it a helping hand.

After raking or scarifying, you can begin mowing your lawn every fortnight, making sure not to cut it too short as this will strip it of essential moisture and cause it to dry out. As spring progresses into summer, you can start mowing the lawn more regularly as it will grow faster. We have more than 100 lawnmowers in our range, so there is a perfect solution for every lawn – large or small, flat or sloping.

Our wide range of mowers offers petrol, electric and battery powered options, to suit every garden. If you’re looking for a good all-rounder, you can’t go wrong with our award-winning MX3440V Cordless Mower. It lets you get more done without the need for cables and has five different cutting heights. It’s ideal for small or medium sized gardens. It’s great for people trying to choose more environmentally friendly alternatives too.

For the ultimate in ‘green’ lawnmowing, try our HM381 Cylinder Mower. It’s a hand push lawn mower with a capacious grass bag that’s great for cutting small or medium sized lawns. At £49.99 it’s one of the cheapest in our range too, showing that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have a lush, green lawn.

If you have a sloping lawn, a self-propelled model like our MX46S40V Cordless Mower will make light work of the gradient. It has seven cutting heights and a mulching function. Many of our mowers are equipped with a mulching function, allowing you to recycle the grass by finely cutting and re-cutting the clippings. As the clippings decompose, nutrients and fertilisers are returned to the soil meaning you can cut the grass and fertilise at the same time!

If you lust after those neat green stripes, our RM4140V Cordless Rear Roller Mower will do the trick. It will help you create an enviable, classic lawn.

For the ultimate in lawncare, our MX515SPBI Mower offers power, style and reliability. It’s powered by a Briggs & Stratton engine and is equipped with a durable aluminium deck. It has five gears and is self-propelled for ease of operation.