Get the Chelsea Look in your Garden!

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show took place this week – and as the world’s most prestigious flower show – you probably didn’t fail to catch some of the wonderful designs that were on display this year.

We were struck, in particular, by ‘Stihl Inspiration’ by Hillier, designed by Sarah Eberle. This garden had three distinct zones: work, rest and play, and Sarah is quoted as saying “The potting area, the work area, should be celebrated – let’s not hide it, it’s charming in its mild chaos” and we couldn’t agree more! The act of gardening is just as important as the resulting look of the garden – plus, a garden is never truly finished!

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With that in mind, we’ve compiled some gardening tasks you can enjoy this month to help create that well-maintained Chelsea look:

Luscious lawn

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A freshly mown lawn makes an instant impact by smartening up the overall look of your garden. At this time of year, you will probably need to mow the grass once a week, or at least once a fortnight, as long as the weather is not too dry.

A cylinder mower is a good tool to have to keep on top of this routine. The grass bag can be removed so that grass clippings can be scattered onto the lawn as you mow, returning nutrients and moisture back to the ground and promoting healthy growth.

For an easy, lightweight solution to mowing, a hover mower is amazingly light and flexible to use. It is great for a gardener who may struggle to push a heavier model, or if you have an undulating or steep lawn.

Neat edges

Edging your lawn with a grass trimmer is a quick and easy way to immediately neaten the overall look of your garden. It gives the lawn a professionally finished look and we have electric, cordless and petrol models available, so there’s something to suit every garden and budget.

Smart hedging

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Having a hedge in your garden is beneficial for many reasons. A hedge at the front of your house, for example, can help to absorb some of the noise and pollution caused by passing road traffic. They also make excellent habitats and hiding spots for lots of different wildlife including beneficial insects, birds and hedgehogs.

Keep your hedge looking neat and healthy by trimming it regularly. A light cut will encourage the hedge to grow more shoots, making it appear denser and thicker.

Click on the links to find out more about all of our lawnmowers in the range, as well as grass trimmers, chainsaws, hedgetrimmers, brushcutters, pole pruners and multi-tools.

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LAWN MOWING TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS

The start of the gardening season seems to have arrived later than usual this year. We experienced a cold, rainy March, not to mention the Beast from the East, which has delayed the growth of many plants and vegetables, as well as prevented the lawn from growing at its usual early spring pace.

Now that conditions have improved and it’s truly looking like spring again, we’ve compiled 10 top tips for looking after your lawn this year, so you can nurture a lawn to be proud of!

  1. Never remove more than one third of the grass length on any one occasion
  2. If your lawnmower has a roller, change mowing direction at least every month
  3. You’ll mow straighter if you focus about 10 feet ahead of the mower rather than directly at the wheels
  4. If the lawn has a ‘silver sheen’ or ‘frayed’ look after mowing, the blade(s) need sharpening
  5. If the grass is damp or long, slow down your speed when mowing (not the blade speed)
  6. Repeated grass cutting in the same track will produce ruts and tramlines!

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The key when it comes to lawncare is not to be too aggressive with the grass. Cutting it too short, in the same direction every time, or cutting it with blunt blades will damage it and take away vital nutrients and moisture from the roots. Mowing in the same direction every time will not encourage the grass to grow straight and make it harder for air to circulate properly and reach the soil beneath.

  1. Mow slopes and shady areas one setting higher than the rest of the lawn
  2. If you are ‘scalping’ the lawn in some places (high spots) raise the mowing height. Scalping means cutting the grass very short, so low that in exposes the stems of the grass blades. There are some instances where scalping the lawn may be done deliberately for different reasons, but often it is accidental and not advised. Scalped areas will often be mossy and/or weedy and can turn yellow
  3. Don’t worry about cutting the grass to the edges of the lawn; if you do a final cut all the way around the perimeter of the lawn once or twice you’ll get all the end bits and add a ‘professional’ frame to your lawn!
  4. Grass leans in the direction in which you mow it. Switching up the pattern from week to week encourages grass to grow straighter and healthier

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If you do have a lawn that undulates, is on a slope or is on uneven terrain, a hover mower can significantly ease the task of mowing, as it simply glides along on a cushion of air and requires very little effort from the user to push it.

Click on the links to find out more about all of our lawnmowers in the range, as well as grass trimmers, chainsaws, hedgetrimmers, brushcutters, pole pruners and multi-tools.

For more tips to lawncare and gardening, you can find us on Facebook here.