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First Petrol Mower

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 22:24

On what your looking for it to do I would say go for a Honda self propelled rotary.

Its very tempting to go for the cheaper option, but in the long run it will be more expensive.   Most cheaper end mowers come with cheap Chinese engine which are a nightmare to get parts for and they need to get scrapped prematurely for a simple fault.

Do learn to look after it buy reading the manual, learn how to change the spark plug, air filter, how to change the oil and swapped the blade etc.. 

The main thing is make sure you drain the fuel if your not using it for a month and only buy fuel when you need it.  If the mower is all you've got that runs on petrol, just buy a couple of litres at a time.

Using a good reliable mower makes cutting the grass a real pleasure!!

strim and mowing order

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 23:22

Strip first then mow..but keep the swimmer out to check for the missed bits

Lawn Mower won't stay running

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 23:18

I had a similar problem some time ago and it was caused by the fuel gunking up The carb.   Try taking the air filter off and scrunching up a plastic bag and holding it over the filter housing.  Try to  start it and hold the scrunch bag in it till it runs.   Failing that it's to the garden machinary centre to get the lots flushed through and cleaned.

The best way to avoid it happen as is mentioned above.  Run it dry at the end of the year.

Lawn mower servicing

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 23:13

Haynes do a lawnmower manual which cover most lawnmowers with a fault finding guide which is worth taking a look at

Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 00:16

Try one of these

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MTpLHdHAnX4

Rolling Lawn Aerator

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 00:09

They are useless!

 

if you have a big area it's worth getting someone in to do it as to rent one I think the minimum hire around me is 2 days.  Or just take your time with a fork like I do

 

 

What size of container for potatoes

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 22:56

I have had 2 years of bad potato crops. 

My problem lies with the dreaded wireworm.  The only option is to stop growing potatoes for a few years and that should drive them out I have been told, so I am looking at growing them in pots.

My options are 65 litre or 80 litre pots.  Both are 41cm high and I am looking for your advice on if they are deep enough and what size would you recommend?

Many thanks.

Help with strimming please

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 23:37

The best advice I could give is to just take a little in one cutting motion and on the return skim the cut area to clear the debris.  At 8" high and wet it will be heavy going for an electric strimmer.

If you are going to do it regularly when its wet and over grown I'd recommend investing in a petrol one.

Eradicating Horsetail Grass

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 23:11

I have a similar problem at my new allotment. I put down weed control fabric where my brassicas are and it lifted it up 15"!!

After lots of research on professional landscape/horticulture forums the general consensus for eradication is a product called Kurtail,, but at £30+ a pop it bloody should be!!

There are a few videos on youtube showing the results and I will be clearing my plot early this year to let the offender run wild before applying.

So watch this place for the results and I may even post some pictures of before and after.

Lawn help required

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 22:46

If I was you I would buy some weedkiller, rent a turf cutter and rotavator.

  • Spray and wait till it has died back
  • Lift the old turf and stack for using as compost/top dressing
  • Rotavate it all and level then reseed.

You are just at the right time of year to start, but I would choose the correct seed for what you plan to use your lawn for.

Good luck!!

 

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