Autumn Lawn Care Tips from the Experts

It has been a tough year for lawns so far this year – the freezing, snowy conditions in March, followed by a blazing summer heatwave has meant lawns have not really followed their typical growing pattern.

Now that the scorching weather is cooling down and autumn rain is on its way, you will notice that the grass is starting to green up again, recover from the heat stress and grow. Keep mowing the lawn this month, and possibly into October too, if it needs it. As the mowing season began later this season, and in some places never really got off the ground, we expect that it will extend until later than usual into autumn and winter.

When the grass eventually becomes dormant, store away your lawnmower until next year and concentrate on aeration and repair work. If it is a petrol mower make sure you drain the engine, or add a fuel stabiliser to guarantee easy starting next season.

The lawn will benefit from some scarifying and aeration to aid healthy growth and remove the dead moss and thatch, and to help it retain its moisture for longer during next year’s summer months.

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Our SA32E Electric Powered Scarifier makes light work of scarifying lawns and saves all the painstaking raking up of moss and thatch that would otherwise be involved. It comes with two cylinders as standard – a scarifier with blades and an aerator with spring tines, so you can tackle two jobs with one machine!

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Once you have scarified the lawn, repair any patches by sprinkling over lawn seed. Spread a thin layer of compost over the top to help prevent the seeds from being eaten by birds and water occasionally, if there is no rainfall, using a fine rose watering can.

Click on the links to find out more about all of our scarifiers here.

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The heatwave is killing my lawn! What can I do?

It has been a long, hot summer and it isn’t over yet! Whilst it’s been great for barbecues and garden parties, the plants and lawns have not been feeling quite so carefree.

Under long periods of drought, all grass eventually turns yellow, becoming very straw-like and crackling under foot. What can you do to help?

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Here are our top tips for looking after the lawn during a heatwave:

  1. If your lawn has turned yellow, it has gone into ‘survival mode’ and is also stressed. If possible, avoid walking on the lawn as much as you can to limit the damage caused
  2. There is no need to mow your lawn regularly once it has turned yellow. Once it does rain and the grass begins greening up again, keep the blades on your lawnmower to the highest setting so that you are not cutting the grass too short and taking too much moisture away
  3. Don’t try and water the grass! With possible hosepipe bans looming, using a watering can will be time consuming and it’s unlikely to be sufficient water
  4. Don’t use feeds or fertilisers – this can end up causing more damage if there is not enough moisture
  5. Remember that grass is one of the world’s most resilient plants – it can withstand arctic frosts and desert droughts, even fire! So, it will always grow back once the rain arrives.

Once autumn arrives, the lawn will benefit from some scarifying and aeration to aid healthy growth and remove the dead material, and to help it retain its moisture for longer during next year’s summer months. We will be including more tips on this in our September blog!

Click on the links to find out more about all of our scarifiers here.

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Cordless Convenience!

The rise in battery-powered garden equipment has really taken off in the past few years, and we have fully embraced this technology with two lithium-ion battery sizes in our range, allowing us to offer an extensive range of battery products.

Our 40-volt range consists of three lawnmowers, a grass trimmer, a chainsaw and a hedgetrimmer. The 24-volt range includes a grass trimmer, a blower and a hedgetrimmer. Each product is light and stylish, with no petrol and oil required and no cables to get in the way.

Our ethos at Cobra is all about offering something for every gardener and every garden, which is why we have over 150 powered products to choose from!

Compared with traditional battery technology, Cobra lithium-ion batteries charge faster, last longer and have a higher power density for more battery life in a lighter package. The three mowers (a 16” hand-propelled, a 16” hand propelled rear roller and an 18” self-propelled) all utilise a 4ah battery to give 30 minutes usage from a 90 minute charge.

Battery powered lawnmower - CobraThe handheld 40-volt products also take 90 minutes to charge from flat and the grass trimmer has an 80 minute runtime, the hedgetrimmer is 85 minutes and the chainsaw is 50 minutes, so there is plenty of time to tackle front and back gardens – and you can interchange batteries within the range so you can keep on working.

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The 24-volt range is powered by 2ah batteries which charge in two hours. The run time varies depending on the task but the grass trimer will have an average usage of 30 minutes, the blower will be 20 minutes and the hedgetrimmer 50 minutes. Spare batteries and chargers are also available to guarantee continuous usage whilst one battery is charging.

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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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.

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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.

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IT’S TIME FOR A SPRING CLEAN!

Spring is here at last and you will have noticed more daffodils and crocus flowering, and even trees starting to blossom. The weather can be somewhat unpredictable in April with milder temperatures, rain, sunshine and frosts all possible. Despite that, you can start to turn your attention to the lawn, planting, trimming hedges and giving the garden a bit of a ‘spring’ clean after winter.

It is also National Gardening Week at the end of the month, beginning on 30th April to 6th May – a perfect time to get outdoors for some fresh air and a spot of gardening!

The lawn will have started to grow this month, after being dormant for much of the winter. To encourage strong spring growth for your lawn, 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. Our Electric Powered Scarifier 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.

After raking or scarifying, begin mowing it every fortnight, and make 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 every week. We have more than 50 lawnmowers in our range, so there is something suit every type of lawn – large or small, flat or sloping. And we have mowers that let you create the much sought-after striped lawn!

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Another way to help your lawn this season is to consider returning the grass clippings to the lawn after each cut. We offer lawnmowers that have mulching capabilities, which ensure that the grass is cut into tiny pieces, which can be deposited back onto the lawn. These cuttings contain lots of vital moisture and minerals and returning them to the lawn will promote healthy growth. We also have Cylinder mowers which are hand propelled and can be used with or without a grass bag.

Another job to consider over the next few weeks is trimming hedges, particularly privet, box and leylandii. Cutting back hedges by small amounts every so often will encourage more growth, making the hedges appear thicker and greener. To make the task a breeze, we have a range of electric, petrol and cordless hedgetrimmers.

Finally, it is a good idea to go around your lawn with a half moon lawn edger to smarten and straighten up lawn edges, an effective and easy task that makes the whole garden look neat!

Click on the links to find out more about our lawnmowers, grass trimmers, chainsaws, hedgetrimmers, brushcutters, pole pruners and multi-tools, and stay tuned for updates on our new products for 2018!

 

Showcasing Something for Every Garden at the Garden Press Event 2018

The end of February saw Cobra attend the annual Garden Press Event in London. The event allows journalists and bloggers the chance to get exclusive previews and demonstrations of new gardening products, and we were delighted to showcase our extensive range of mowers and gardening equipment there this year, as well as introduce brand new designs to our collection.

The Press Event is a special show for us at Cobra as it’s where we had a first public outing! Cobra was launched at the show 2013 and ever since then we’ve continued to grow.

We’re very proud to say that Cobra is now firmly established as the most comprehensive range of garden machinery in the UK, and we add new products  on a regular basis. We have over 150 products available, so there is something for every gardener, from lawnmowers, hedge and grass trimmers to chainsaws and brushcutters – all of which are available as petrol, battery or electric models.

We launched new products into our lithium-ion battery range at the Garden Press Event this year. New roller mowers were also on display at the show, which are famed for letting gardeners achieve the quintessentially-British striped lawn effect!

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Ready for spring, we are introducing a new range of environmentally friendly, low emission petrol brushcutters and multi-tools which have an impressive high power to weight ratio, so make the toughest gardening tasks easier and less tiring to use.

Finally, our latest Air Mow hover mowers were also on display and were a favourite with guests to our stand. The Air Mows have been incredibly popular since we first introduced them to the range last year because they give gardeners the option to navigate difficult slopes, banks and uneven turf with revolutionary ease and efficiency.

Click on the links to find out more about our lawnmowers, grass trimmers, chainsaws, hedgetrimmers, brushcutters, pole pruners and multi-tools, and stay tuned for updates on our new products for 2018!