3 Great Garden Tractors for Summer 2018

Thinking of thinking outside the box? We did! And we found 3 great garden tractors from not-so-well-known brands… Hello and welcome back to our blog after a bit of a break! As always we are super busy here at Just Lawnmowers, but today I put “write blog” on the top of my (never ending) list! If you’ve experienced a pretty miserable and wet start to the year (join the club!) you might be feeling as cheerful as we are, now that we’ve had a bit of sunshine and dry weather, with a good forecast to encourage us to get on with some planning in the garden. I think it might be a bumper year for fruit and vegetables this year, judging by the wonderful blossom that has started to come out in my garden. Everything looks super healthy and this is most likely to be because of all the rain. (See it’s not just ducks that like a bit of rain, us gardeners do too!). Garden machinery is flying off the shelves here at Just Lawnmowers, and this year our garden tractors are more popular than ever before. This could be due to people doing their own gardens instead of…

3 Recommended Petrol Blowers & Vacuums for Autumn 2017
Blowers & Collectors , Products / 12th September 2017

Well here we are – almost Autumn – and if you’re anything like us here at Just Lawnmowers then you are already lamenting the shorter days, the slight chill in the air and the damp mornings. The majority of gardeners love and loathe each season for various reasons. Personally I love a good autumn bonfire, it quite literally feels like I am making a fresh start in the garden and all that debris that was building up is gone in a puff of smoke, all it takes is an afternoon and a bit of patience. At my son’s insistence we check for hedgehogs, small rodents etc before we light the first (bit sometimes not the last!) match. Even if you’re not lighting a bonfire yourself somewhere in the neighbourhood you may catch the smell of someone else’s and suddenly your memory conjures up fireworks, conkers, hot dogs and cold misty days. I love days like this. Some gardeners hate the mess the Autumn brings, the leaves all over the lawn, the debris and the general messiness of the garden as plants fade and die. But we are of course on hand to help and here at Just Lawnmowers we stock…

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…

What can I do to attract bees to my garden?
Uncategorised / 21st July 2017

Bees are pollinating insects which means they transfer pollen and seeds from one plant or flower to another. This is an essential stage of plant growth. Without it the plant would die or not produce any fruit. Bees pollinate 30% of our food crops. Pollinating crops by hand is slow and expensive So even from an economic point of view, we desperately need to keep our bees working! Any diligent gardener will know that the bee population is decreasing and this is a very worrying fact for the future of our planet. This is mostly because of an increase in industrial agriculture, parasites and pathogens, bee-killing pesticides and climate change. The only real solution to combat this is to move towards more ecological farming, banning those pesticides which are killing the bees and actually come up with a prevention strategy, a kind of anti bee killing plan. Ecological farming should be encouraged. And consumers need to be encouraged to make wiser choices when buying their food. Buy organic, because organic farming methods support insects and wildlife – and some organic farms even have plans in place to actively encourage bees and other pollinating insects. So what can the average gardener…

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…

Top ten budget lawn mowers for Summer 2017
Buyers Guides , Lawn Mowers / 26th June 2017

Well the hot weather has not lasted in our part of the country, but today the sun is out and the birds are singing so we can’t or rather shouldn’t complain much. Here in Norfolk we are gearing up for the show of the year, that is, The Royal Norfolk Show, where everything that is good about this pocket of the countryside comes together in a very splendid, typically British way. We can enjoy what is essentially a trade show with some frilly bits on the side, like Norfolk Gin, (will there be free tasting I wonder?) independent bakers and caterers. Not forgetting of course all things agricultural. If you are regulars to our blog you will know that this year we have been too busy to even think about taking part in or indeed visiting the Royal Norfolk Show and will have to amuse ourselves by reading about the fun and frivolities in our local rag the “EDP”. Being busy is good of course and this particular blog serves to remind us that good business isn’t always about those big flashy products, because here at Just Lawnmowers of course we also sell a fantastic range of budget lawnmowers. And…