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You can prolong the performance and usage life of your lawnmower by keeping it well maintained. A lawnmower which has been looked after and well maintained can last years. Nobody wants to keep buying mowers year after year and wasting money when simple steps can prevent this.

Some machine maintenance is universal so it doesn’t matter what type of lawn mower you have. Electric, battery powered and petrol mowers all have cutting decks and cutting blades so the same care and attention is suitable for them all.

The first step can be taken directly after the lawnmower has been used and has finished mowing.

Keeping the underside of the mower deck clean and free from dirt and grass clippings is an important task. Petrol lawnmowers should never be tipped on their side, as the oil will seep out onto the filter causing problems with starting and running.

To work on the underneath of a mower pull the handles back towards you gradually until you can rest them on the ground. You will then be able to access the deck and blade easily. Loose grass clippings and dirt can be cleaned off with a brush by hand. For stubborn dirt areas use a hosepipe to wash off, without soaking the machine. If you clean the deck and blade after each use it will improve the performance of the lawnmower. If left uncleaned the grass and dirt will harden and build up in layers on the deck and blade. These layers will build up adding extra weight to the machine and dulling the cutting performance of the blade. Any damage to the blade is also more difficult to detect through layers of dirt. The top of the deck can then be brushed down or wiped off. Some petrol lawnmowers feature a deck wash port where you can attach a hosepipe to the deck for cleaning.

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Keeping the grass collector clean will help it to perform efficiently. If you have a rigid collector you can wash or wipe it out. Fabric grass bags can be washed, but make sure it is dry before the next use. You could even vacuum it out to save time. As fabric can become clogged cleaning it will ensure the bag always has the maximum airflow.

If your lawnmower uses one remove the air filter for cleaning. If your filter has a paper element you can just blow it off or use an air hose. If the filter is made of foam you can wash it out.

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When it comes to small gardens, limited space doesn’t mean sacrificing style and comfort. In fact, with less ground to cover, a small garden can offer the ideal opportunity to pull off a bold design, or simply just an excuse to try something new. From garden mirrors and wall-mounted planters, optical illusions and budget-friendly tips—find out how you can make the most of your outdoors with this handy guide from Wayfair UK.
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3 Great tips for keeping your soil in top shape


Many people who are new to gardening think that it just involves heading outside with a trowel and some seeds, planting them, then adding water until something sprouts from the ground. They are right to an extent, but many people do not realise the intricacies involved in tending to a garden that will thrive all year round.
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A hedge can be made of a variety of different shrubs and trees, ranging from conifers to holly and hawthorn hedges. 
below is a list of the most common hedges we trim and the best time to do this.




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In the not too distant past, artificial grass was usually confined to sports pitches and greengrocers’ windows. Over the last decade or so though, a lot has changed. As manufacturing techniques improve, artificial grass is starting to look more and more like the real thing. The result is that the much maligned fake stuff is increasingly starting to find its way into our back gardens as an alternative to real turf.

 

Arguably it’s not just increased realism that is fuelling this uptake. The increasingly busy lifestyle of families with two working parents has created a market for convenience that has seen the low maintenance artificial grass lawn go from strength to strength.

 

Can it ever replace the real thing, however? Well, whilst that question may ultimately come down to tast, let's take a quick look at the pros and cons of both to get an idea of what each can offer.

 

 

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  What time of the year is it best to scarify your lawn is a very important question and the answer is basically when the lawn is actively growing and able to recover from the process.  The two main  seasons in the year when this is spring and autumn.  
Scarifying is a process that removes large quantities of dead organic matter, usually in the form of
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grass clippings and dead moss and even the most healthiest of lawn benefit from being scarified. This organic matter will very quickly form a dense layer on the surface of the soil, and is known as thatch (please read my other article regarding lawn thatch).  The most effective way to dethatch a lawn is with a scarifier. It uses a series of revolving vertical knives that cut and pull through the thatch and moss and bring it to the surface of the lawn. The debris is then raked away for disposal.  It is suprising how much can be removed.  Once the lawn has been scarifyed it is advisable to over seed the lawn.

Below is a guide of the best time of year to scarify your lawn:

 
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