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…

Honda Izy Lawn Mowers with FREE mower care kit (worth £29.95)

Purchase a Honda Izy Lawn Mower from Just Lawnmowers and receive a free Honda Izy lawnmower care kit worth £29.95. This must-have kit contains only genuine Honda accessories! What’s Included? Honda Service kit (spark plug, air filter & 0.6 litres 4-stroke oil) Honda gardening gloves Honda Fuel stabiliser An extra bottle of Honda engine oil (0.6 litres) Whether you are a keen gardener or busy professional, keeping your lawn mower in tip top condition is essential to ensure its life and efficiency. And here at Just Lawnmowers we are making it easier than ever by offering a free mower care kit when you buy a Honda Izy from our range of petrol lawn mowers. If you purchase a Honda lawn mower from the Core (HRX) or Premium (HRH/HRD) ranges you will receive a free cutter blade, worth up to £29.00, depending on model. Why should you service your Honda lawn mower? Maintaining and cleaning your mower will ensure it remains safe and efficient and ultimately it achieves a long life. Honda makes some safety recommendations for when you are cleaning or doing any maintenance on your Honda mower and we thought we would mention a few here: Make sure the engine is off before you…

Looking after your Pond during those colder months

February can often feel like the coldest month of Winter, and although we may take steps to prepare ourselves for the Winter months we mustn’t forget that we can take steps to ensure the longevity of our ponds and their contents during this time as well. You must ensure the water remains at an appropriate level, keep checking and top up as necessary, remember shallow water will freeze easier and quicker than deeper water, so now is the time to ensure that your water in your pond is as deep as possible. A pond heater can heat up a small enough area to keep it ice free to allow access to vital oxygen and to let harmful gasses from the pond to be released. Pond heaters can be anything from 150 watts up to 2kw, which one you buy will depend on the size of your pond and how much money you wish to spend. Remember your fish are likely to be hibernating at the bottom of the pond at this time, so do not worry if you don’t see them! During hibernation their digestive systems “shut down” therefore they do not require feeding, eating at this time will be very bad for their…

Prepare your garden for Spring

What can we do to this February to tempt you from the comfort of your log fire and your sumptuous sofa? Not much you will probably reply! Those first snowdrops appear as a slightly premature warning of the impending Spring season, but they certainly do not signal the end of Winter. If, like us your lawn has taken a bit of a battering thanks to all the gales and storms we’ve had to endure recently, now might be a good time to get out there and access the damage. As disappointing as it might be, making a start to tidy things up and create some order will go a long way to giving your garden that essential boost it needs in time for Spring. We all know that Spring can be an extremely labour intensive gardening month, so getting things tidy and in order now, will make you more prepared for the nicer weather when it comes. How about making a start on that long grass? It might be too wet to cut but you could give it go with a strimmer. Or check those lawn edges, if they are untidy looking, take this time now to use your edging tool and get them…

Invest in the Mountfield Cordless Freedom 48 Range

Have you thought about investing in the Mountfield Freedom 48 range yet? It’s a fantastic range of cordless products which all share the same battery and charger, and deliver the exquisite performance of a petrol machine but with the convenience of being cordless. Why is the Freedom 48 range so excellent you ask? Well, once you’ve purchased the battery and charger you can add the different machine shells as and when you need them, due to each machine using the same battery. The 48 Volt batteries utilise the latest in cell technology and are available in either 2.0 Ah or 4.0 Ah capacities. The Mountfield MBT4840Li is the 4 Ah battery and will last twice as long as the MBT4820Li, the 2 Ah battery. There are 9 machines in the range to choose between, and I guarantee that as soon as you’ve tried a couple of products from the Mountfield Freedom 48 range, you will definitely want to build up your collection and purchase the lot! Firstly there are two lawnmowers, the Princess 34Li Freedom 48 mower, and the Princess 38Li Freedom 48 mower. These are the only two products in the range which come with the battery charger and 4Ah battery as standard. The…

Achieve Your Very Own Wimbledon Standard Lawn

For all you Wimbledon fans out there, you probably stare at the screen in awe of their fantastically nurtured lawn and wonder how you can achieve your very own Wimbledon standard lawn. The Wimbledon lawn is one of Britain’s finest traditions and over £400 million is spent on making it as spectacular as it is every single year. Head Groundsman, Eddie Seaward says the main priority regarding the lawn is the consistency of the bounce, and ensuring that the ground under the grass roots is completely firm. The Wimbledon courts are now sown with 100% perennial ryegrass of the finest quality and looked after by 16 – 30 professional groundsmen. Of course… the average domestic home-owner is  not going to be able to spend millions of pounds and employ top groundsmen to thoroughly care for their lawn every day. But… With an Allett cylinder lawn mower you won’t be far off that desired Wimbledon look you have craved for so many years. We have two ranges of Allett mowers, the domestic and the professional range. If you’re new to cylinder mowers and just starting off in big wide world of garden stripes then stick to the domestic range. The Allett domestic range starts small with…

Controlling Aphids

What are Aphids? Aphids are small sap-sucking insects that are highly destructive to cultivated plants in temperate regions. They range in size from 1mm to 7mm and are also known as plant lice, green-flies, black-flies, or white-flies. Despite these names there are some species of aphids which are pink, yellow or mottled in colour. In fact, there are about 4,400 species known of in the Aphididae family, and more than 500 of these species are in Britain. Some of these species will only attack will only feed from a specific one or two plant types, however others will attack a wide range of plant hosts and can be an extreme annoyance for gardeners. Symptoms of Aphids The signs and symptoms of aphids include the following: Honeydew is left on leaves and fruit, with black sooty mould fungus You can usually see aphid infestations with the human eye, and they tend to migrate towards shoot tips, flower buds, and the underneath of newer leaves. Premature death and yellowing of leaves and young plants Wilting and distortion of young shoots and leaves White cast skins of aphids can accumulate on the upper surface of leaves Symptoms of virus disease Colonies of aphids…

Improving Clay Soils

Clay soil can be quite a challenge for growing plants and for gardeners. However improving clay soils can be done if you follow these tips. Identifying clay soil: Clay soil is any type of soil which has a high percentage of clay particles in it. Clays will feel slightly sticky and dense, but they will also feel quite smooth when a piece is rubbed between your finger and thumb. This type of soil is very slow to drain, quick to harden and difficult to use for anything but the hardiest of plants. Another way of identifying clay soil is to take a moist fragment of it in your hands and see if it can be rolled up into a ball and then into a sausage shape with no cracking. If you successfully managed to roll your soil into the sausage shape, you can rub the moist surface and if it becomes shiny, it is likely that your soil has very high clay particles and can be called a heavy clay. Gardening with clay Soil: If you have come to the conclusion that your lawn does have clay soil, then remember that even some of the best gardens thrive on heavy clay…

Gardening Jobs for May

May is a very important month when it comes to gardening. The temperature is slowly rising and summer is fast approaching, meaning that now is the time to be setting up your lawn and garden in preparation for the busiest season ahead. There are many gardening jobs for May that can be performed to encourage a more healthy looking garden and make your work load much easier over the next few months. First things first, you should be mowing your lawn at least once a week. Lawnmowers can struggle from cutting grass that is too long, which can leave damaging effects for your grass growth. Regular mowing with a good lawnmower will keep the grass healthy and encourage it to grow faster and stronger. To view our full range of lawnmowers please click here. With the warmer weather you can start planting your summer bedding. Plants such as petunias and marigolds should be more than safe outside as long as there are no dangers of frost. Before you plant anything, dig over the ground and remove any weeds first. You could even give the bedding plants a soak with water and then plant them. When buying plants, look for ones that are green and bushy with…