Billy Goat

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advice on poorly leaf blower needed please

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 18:03

Agree with Edd. Did you run it dry before it was stored for the winter?  Carb may require an ultrasonic cleaning to remove corrosion with is caused be the stale petrol

Fine lawn seed or rye mix??

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 21:40

Could agree more with Verdun.  One thing I would say is to get the best from you lawn is the right mower and that's a cylinder. Keep the blades sharp and mow regularly and you can never aerate it too much.

Getting the 'proffessionals' in

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 23:37

Your missing an amazing resource which is free.  The wonderful Gardeners World website!!   Post a description of the size, layout, aspect etc..  then add some pictures and describe what type of plants or colours you like.  Do you want minimal maintenance or do you want to get more involved?   

Youll be bre surprised at the knowledge base on here.

It's worth a punt as it will cost you nothing 

Strimmer recommendation

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 23:29

Try the the Stihl range With the Autocut head

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

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



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