How to sow a lawn from seed
Advice and Tips , How To , Jobs , Lawn Care / 5th September 2017

If you want a perfect lawn but don’t want to break the bank then you can sow your own! This is called seeding a lawn, and there is really only one way to do it successfully. Follow our handy guide and you should see excellent results in no time at all. The first thing to consider when sowing seeds is that they need to germinate. I am sure we don’t need to give you a science lesson here but you might be interested to know that to germinate seeds you need to provide the ideal conditions. And the ideal conditions for growing grass seeds are warm soil, damp from rain, and with no competition from weeds for growth. So the ideal time that these conditions are at their best is late summer and early autumn. In fact, September is generally thought to be the best month the get this type of project off the ground. Grass seeds can take around 14 days to germinate but this depends on all kinds of factors, such as weather conditions and the type of grass seed you are sowing. Longer, meadow grass will take longer. If the weather is warm and damp the seeds…

September Gardening Advice & Ideas

Well September is here and already we are noticing shorter days, cooler evenings and the smallest hints of Autumn. This is a good time to give your grass that much needed maintenance, it still needs mowing but now is a good time to clear out any moss or weeds, and give those edges a really good sort out. Take the time now to clear out your borders and tubs and containers. If you’re wanting to sow some seeds then choose from our list below, these flowers are ideal. Candytuft (grows quite big and best planted at the back of your borders otherwise it may end up hanging over your path and being ruined) Sweet Peas (needs a bit of help to grow in the right direction so consider growing against something and using canes as they grow) Calendula (very colourful try spreading these out a bit) Cat grass seeds (these are a good idea to grow in an area where you don’t mind cats lounging around all day – they are attracted to these flowers, and will eat them. Some people use them to encourage cats away from other areas) Cowslip (quite tall and colourful, again plant at the back…

How can I make the most of my small garden?

Well apart from telling you that you can still grow a very wide range of plants, flowers, fruit, vegetables, herbs and even trees in a small garden we thought it might be handy to give you a few ideas if you’re feeling a bit lacking in enthusiasm with your smaller than average garden. Firstly pots, containers and hanging baskets can really brighten up a small garden and although they won’t forgive you for neglecting them they can be fairly cheap and easy to make up too. If you visit your local market you will find a wide range of pots. One thing to make sure is that the pots have a drainage hole at the bottom, without this the soil will become waterlogged and your plants won’t like that very much and are unlikely to last very long. If you have absolutely no soil then pots, containers and hanging baskets are your only choice. Don’t be put off by the prices in your local garden centre, remember that these places have to offer a wide range of things and they often have huge overheads. You are better off going to a car boot sale or buying from the side of…

How can I keep my garden healthy while I am away on holiday?
Advice and Tips , Lawn Care / 28th July 2017

Here at Just Lawnmowers we are experiencing our busiest time of the year, but if you’re lucky enough to be jetting off on holiday in the next couple of months you may be wondering how your garden will fare while you are away? Here we have some handy tips to ensure your garden looks as good on your return as it did when you left. You don’t need to come home to an overgrown lawn, dead flowers and washed out shrubs. With a bit of TLC and come clever gardening tricks you can relax on holiday knowing that you have taken the right steps to ensure your garden remains nice and healthy. Lawn care Get your lawn mower out and give your lawn a nice short mow, get the shears out and trim around the edges. Ideally do this as close to the day you leave, so the day before if possible. If you usually use a garden trimmer to get up to those edges and borders do that on the day before you go as well. Cutting your lawn as short as possible is a good idea as your lawn grows so quickly at this time of year. The…

5 Top Quality Low Priced Rear Collecting Garden Tractors For 2017

If you are in the market for a new lawn tractor and have decided that you will collect the grass clippings, then a rear collecting garden tractor is the way to go. These tractors will collect up the grass clippings into a collection bag as you mow, which you then empty, either by a lever, button or by physically taking the bag off and emptying it. In some cases you will want to mulch the clippings as this provides vital nutrients back to your grass. Built with collection as standard, our rear collect lawn tractor line-up consists of machines from top-brand manufacturers such as Honda, Mountfield, Efco, Stiga, Lawnflite and more – all featuring smart design and ergonomics and with a choice of cutting widths, engines and transmission types. If you’ve read our previous blog you should have all the knowledge you need to make the best decision when it comes to purchasing your brand new garden tractor. It’s always a good idea to compare different products and make sure you are buying something that will do what you need it to. Remember we are always on hand to offer advice before you buy. To make things a little easier…

What do I need to know before I buy a garden tractor?

Garden tractors are now more popular than ever, and that could be because they are now more affordable than ever before or it could be because the latest designs means they are suitable for more compact gardens. Once you’ve used a garden tractor you will never want to return to your trusty lawnmower. Easier to operate and more efficient in every way – they really do put the fun back into gardening! However, like with all garden machinery it needs to do its job and be the best option for you. So what do you need to consider before buying a garden tractor? Read our handy guide for help, tips and advice. Don’t get too big for your boots! Or rather, select a garden tractor that suits the size of your garden. If you have a large open plan garden then go for something with a wide cutting width, but if you have a garden with tight spaces or obstacles to mow round, consider something with a smaller cutting width. Remember if you have small spaces/gates to navigate around or through – it is best to measure them before you select your garden tractor just to be on the safe…

Spring Jobs: Aerating and Scarifying Advice & Tips
Advice and Tips / 28th March 2017

Aerating and Scarifying Spring Jobs: How can I keep my lawn in better condition? You may have noticed the British obsession with lawns. We all love to see that green carpet spread out over our gardens, and we are slightly obsessed with keeping it short and as lush and green as possible. However, as most avid gardeners know, the green lushness doesn’t always come easy, and some hard work and a little bit of know how is needed. Of course regular mowing is required, at least once a week during the growing season. Aerating and Scarifying are important tasks in your quest for the perfect healthy lawn. If you see you have things growing on your lawn other than grass, or your lawn is patchy and not growing as well as expected then read on, because we may just be able to help. Here are some things that you may need to do to your lawn and some easy to understand explanations. Aerating What does aerating involve? Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. The…

Spring into action this March!
Advice and Tips , Jobs / 6th March 2017

Your garden may look a bit untidy from the recent bad weather and strong winds. But never fear better weather is on the way, longer days and lovely signs of spring, such as crocuses, daffodils, and snowdrops. Here at Just Lawnmowers we are busy updating our website with all the latest gardening equipment to make sure you have everything you need to get your garden in tip top condition. We are also a little bit excited as we have some great special offers to give you even better value for money. So check out our site and see what we can offer you! You will see we offer all the top brands at great prices. (we know our prices are great, we check on our competitors all the time!) If you don’t want to look now, instead why not check through our handy tips for getting your garden ready for spring? Make, mend & repair Your greenhouse will probably need a good scrub at this time of year. Start by removing any dirt and moss. You can then start washing. You can buy special greenhouse detergent which is safe for using around plants, but you can do just as well…

Top Gardening Safety Tips
Advice and Tips , Safety Guides / 3rd February 2017

If you think we’re all about selling garden machinery, look again! You might have noticed by now that we are passionate about our products, but we also know a thing or two about gardening. This weeks blog will give you all the information you need to make sure you operate your garden machinery with the optimum of safety. This information is compiled in conjunction with our top brands wise words of advice and our own wealth of experience in handling garden machinery. All types of outdoor work come with their own unique problems and issues of safety. But if you adhere to the manufacturer’s advice on how to use their machines in safety and take their advice on safety equipment and clothes you should be able to stay safe while you work. So read on for our top safety tips! Hedge trimming top safety tips The number one rule in using any garden machinery whether it is petrol, electric or petrol powered is always read the manufacturer’s advice booklet that comes with your machine. The manufacturers know their products better than anyone so you know you can trust in the manual! Here at Just Lawnmowers we believe that you should…

December…a handy list of things to do and a list of 5 ideas for Christmas presents!
Advice and Tips / 19th December 2016

As if you’re not busy enough in December we thought we’d compile a handy list of things you could be doing in your garden – just in case you’ve got Christmas under control! December can sometimes be a mild month – but sometimes nature throws a curve-ball and we get that long awaited snow! But is your garden snow-ready? Group your pot plants into a nice neat area, offering shelter against a fence or shed or somewhere out of the wind in your garden. Keeping them together offers extra protection from those harsh frosts. Don’t be tempted to get rid of the fading hydrangea flowers, we know it looks messy but your plants will thank you in Spring as you will have allowed the swelling buds further down the stem, the ultimate protection from the frost. If your rose bushes suffered from black spot this year, clear away any infected leaves from around the base of your rose bush, this will hopefully help to reduce the chance of infection in 2017. If you have a nice clear day, take 10 minutes to check all your climbers are well secured. Has your wisteria gone crazy this year? Now is the time…