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Guide to Garden Lawn Mowers

When it comes to deciding which lawn mower to buy the most influencing factors will be the size and shape of your lawn. Too small a lawn mower in a big lawn and you will feel as if you’ve been cutting your grass all day, and too big a lawnmower in a small garden will be difficult to manoeuvre. This is our guide to the key factors to consider when looking at lawnmowers an also the pros and cons of the various types of lawnmowers available. To view our range of lawn mowers  click here . Key factors to consider: What is a mower Cutting width? This is the size of the blade(s) on the mower and hence the width of the cutting stripe.  Obviously the wider the cutting width the faster you should be able to cut your grass. Collection Box Sounds simple, this is the box or bag where the grass cuttings will collect.  The bigger the collection capacity the less times you will have to stop cutting your grass and empty the box. Grass cutting are ideal to be included in a compost bin and used later to

Guide to Garden Lawn Edging

Garden edging is used to create clean crisps lines dividing parts of your garden.  The one thing that can spoil your perfect lawn is if the edges are untidy where the grass is growing into the adjacent borders.  Lawn edging will allow you to create and maintain crisp edges without the need to continually be using your edging spade or shears. What are the different types of garden edging? Simply put there are 2 main type of edging. Edging which is level with your lawn so you can mow over it.  This is perfect for keeping your lawn and path or flower bed separate and will help prevent grass seed and weeds getting into your plants or the foundations of your path. Edging which sits above the ground acting like a retaining barrier, keeping soil etc. from falling onto your grass, often called border edging.  This is great at creating attractive raised flower beds and allows you to have your garden on more than one level. What are the different types of lawn edging material? Metal or Steel S

Guide to Compost Bins & Composting.

Composting, how do I do it, where do I start? So you want to make your own compost but do not know where to start, well it’s easy, you just need a few simple things that will get you started, some basic knowledge, make some decisions and you are ready to go. The first couple of things you need to decide on is: Where you want to site your compost bin? How much space you have? What type of compost bin you would like? The best position for a compost bin is in light shade or shady area, whether it is in your garden or on your balcony. Once you have chosen your site, you then need to decide is your area suitable for a compost bin or is a compost tumbler best. A compost tumbler is enclosed and has its own handle to turn it whereby a normal compost bin doesn’t have a bottom and requires a spade or fork and manual labour to turn it.  Compost tumblers are a quicker way of composting whereas a normal compost bin with no base can take a lot longer but the end result can be worth waiting on, with

Guide to Garden Leaf Blowers and Vacuum

Autumn bring beautiful colours on the trees and then loads of leaves on your garden or drive. Clearing these leaves is made easier with a good leaf blowers, it will reduce the amount of time and effort it takes to remove all the leaves and can also be used to clear small twigs and cut grass. Some machines allow the user to blow the leaves into a single area and then vacuum them into the collection bag so you  can then put these into your compost pile .  Switching from blower to vacuum will either be a switch on the machine or requires changing the tubes but this is straight forward. Should I clear f allen leaves from my lawn? It all depends on how many leaves are falling on your grass, if it’s only a sparse handful then it isn’t an issue but if it’s a layer of leaves then you need to consider that grass needs air, water and sunlight to grow.  If the leaves are blocking any of these then you could end up with issues with your grass as in it hasn't been able to grow or you have brow

Guide to Garden Chainsaws

Chainsaws are dangerous so we have aimed to provide a simple guide to the different types of chainsaw available and also to highlight their differences so you can decide which would be best for you. When considering a chainsaw there are a number of key factors to consider: What will you be cutting? If you are planning to prune or trim branches or small trees then an electric or battery powered chainsaw is ideal.  If you are planning to cut larger tress or lots of trees then a petrol chainsaw would be best. Cutting logs requires continual power and running for longer so review the power of the chainsaw and the run time of the battery if it is a cordless chainsaw. Are you using a chainsaw for the first time? If this is your first time purchasing a chainsaw then watching manufacturers’ videos on safe use is really important as well as having adequate safety equipment.  We would recommend starting with an electric or Cordless chainsaw which has a guide bar no more than 16 inches.  These ar

Guide to Cordless Garden Tool Batteries

This is our guide to the key points about batteries for garden tools. What is the best battery for a garden tool? Battery technology has improved significantly over recent years and some cordless garden tools are now as powerful as corded and even petrol tools.  The only drawback has been the run time of a cordless tool. With recent advancement in battery technology and most significantly the introduction of Lithium Ion (Li-ion) batteries these have become to go to battery type for manufacturers. What are the advantages of Lithium Ion (Li-ion) batteries? These batteries: Are more powerful smaller batteries Will retain their charge longer when not in use They can be recharged hundreds (even thousands) of times Don’t develop battery memory, or put simply they won’t reduce their lifespan by constantly recharging even when only half drained Can hold a higher charge. Is it possible to overcharge a Lithium Ion battery? First of all you should read the manufacturers instruction about charging

Guide to Garden Strimmers and Brush Cutters

A strimmer is great around the garden, it can get into the areas your lawnmower can’t and is very useful for trimming around raised beds or furniture and along the edges of borders and walls. Some strimmers are suitable for heavy duty clearance work in the garden such as cutting down undergrowth, these are also sometimes referred to as bush cutters. This article reviews the main differences between the various types of strimmer and will help you decide which strimmer is best for your garden. What are the different types of strimmers? We are reviewing the 3 main types of stimmers. Cordless Strimmers These are the most environmentally friendly strimmers and are perfect for small and medium sized gardens and the only drawback is the battery run time. If you have a range of garden tools then you may have a number of batteries so swapping a battery will allow you to use the strimmer for longer. With the continual development of battery technology the lithium-ion battery models provide the l

Guide to Garden Hedge Trimmers

If you want to keep your hedge neat a tidy then a hedge trimmer is the ideal tool. Not only are these great at allowing you to shape bushes and hedges but there are also a range of long reach / pole trimmers which remove the need for ladders to reach the tops of higher hedges or bushes. Remember hedge trimmers are as the name suggests designed to trim your hedge not to cut it down, they are designed to cut the ends of the hedge branches to allow you to keep it neat.  If you want to cut the hedge back further or cut it down then you should consider a chainsaw or lopper so you can leave a neat finish. What are the different types of hedge trimmer? There are 3 main types of hedge trimmer, from the lighter cordless models which are easy to use and maintain to the more powerful petrol trimmers which are ideal for the bigger commercial jobs.  Cordless Hedge Trimmer Cordless hedge trimmers are extremely popular and ideal for the majority of domestic gardening jobs.  They are very easy to use