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…

Spring Lawn Care – Scarifying for Spring – Dori Scarifier with FREE Lawn Sand

Keeping your garden lawn in good condition isn’t just about watering and mowing. Giving your lawn regular maintenance will keep it in tip top condition all year round. While the majority of us enjoy a garden that is mostly given over to lawn, not everyone realises that there are loads of products out there to keep your lawn in fantastic condition. If you are looking to only give your lawn the minimum of care, then cutting at least once a week during the growing season, and keeping it watered during any dry spells will still give you good results. However, there are three things that you can do at this time of year, to get even better results, and here at Just Lawnmowers, we think they are pretty easy, so whether you are a well weathered gardener or new to the world of gardening,  read on for three very simple things you can do to improve the condition and look of your lawn. Scarify your lawn – if you are a professional we recommend a robust product such as the Dori SC38 BS Scarifier. The Dori SC38 BS Scarifier comes with free lawn sand (worth £40) which is a great…

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…

Handy Hedge Trimming Tips

Last week we brought to you some brush cutter maintenance tips, today we bring you some of the most helpful, handy hedge trimming tips to transform how you cut your hedges for a much healthier looking, eye pleasing end result. Trimming hedges is not as easy as a casual stroll in the park. It requires plenty of hard work in order to achieve a smart, neat and tidy finish. Trimming hedges can be performed by hand with a pair of hedge shears, you can browse our selection of Wilkinson Sword hand tools by clicking here. However, hedge trimming by hand is a long and tiring process which is why we recommend purchasing either a petrol or electric hedge trimmer. Click here to browse our full range. Firstly, you might be wondering when the best time of year is to cut your hedges. During the summer you can gradually fine trim hedges as much as you feel necessary. Snipping outgrowth during the growing cycle will encourage growth and make it branch upwards. If needed, do two major trims – one in the middle of summer and the other towards the end. However the general rule to follow is: Deciduous hedges Formative pruning: In…

Maintaining Your Brush Cutter

With the warm summer fast approaching, there are plenty of jobs to be done in the garden this spring. One of many that jumps to mind is brush cutting. Brush cutting any unwanted long grasses can often be the difference between a looked after lawn, and a luxury, highly sought after garden. That’s why maintaining your brush cutter is so important in order to keep achieving fantastic results time and time again. To ensure maximum results, the machine needs to be serviced thoroughly and regularly. Before using your brush cutter it is important to make checks and test if the throttle trigger lock and the throttle function correctly, and whether or not the guard has any cracks or damages. If there are any damages then you must replace or fix these before using or the machine will not be safe to use. This also applies to checking the trimmer head to be certain of no cracks or damages. It is also a good idea to ensure that the locking nut, as well as other nuts and screws are tight and that the stop switch functions exactly how it should do. After every use of your machine it is encouraged to clean the outside of it…