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Mowing steep lawns

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 21:22

Thanks Steve 309 - I just had a peek at You Tube and see what you mean!! Looks like I'll be adding a rope and some really grippy strong gloves to my shopping list too!

Mowing steep lawns

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 21:04

Thank you Fairygirl! I'll stick to the Flymo and get myself some spiked boots to make sure I don't go tumbling down the slope!!


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:52


As mentioned in another thread I am lucky enough to be about to take ownership of a house with an extremely beautiful and established garden. There is also Wisteria all over one side of the house - so.....how do I look after if and a)not kill it and b) keep it flowering each year and c) avoid any beginners mistakes that have dire consequences for the plant!

Does it need pruning - if so when - or fertilising - again - when?

Any tips are appreciated - I don't want to let the side down and be the one who does badly in the garden!

Mowing steep lawns

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:39

As per the title - about to move to a house that has a garden so large and beautiful that it will probably consume most of my spare time. Being in the Lake District, it is on a very steep slope which is something I've not had to contend with before - does anyone have any tips or suggestions for mowing the lawn? So far from the best advice from google was to buy a pair of spiked shoes with ankle support!

The previous owner described it as a man's job and she got someone in to take care of it - however I am 5ft3 and about 7 stone if that, so I'm a bit worried that as a very petite lady I may not be up to the task! I've only mowed my parents medium sized garden before and that was with a flymo hover mower, so pretty easy.

My partner - who is now no longer able to do mowing due to being incapacitated for the foreseeable - usually did the mowing with our big heavy petrol mower that was probably heavier than me - so is there a mower out there that even a slip of a thing could use that would be up to such a big task - or am I going to have to relent and 'get a man in' to do the mowing?

Other ideas have so far included getting some sheep or goats in  - then realising they would try to eat everything else too....or getting an army of guinea pigs in a pen which was moved round the garden....although I suspect the dogs may want to eat their droppings and the fox will want to eat them....so I've gone full circle back to the mower plan! All advice gratefully received.

Begginers help

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 20:52

Thank you everyone! Makes me feel a little more confident, I'll look out for the books you've all mentioned!!

Begginers help

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 14:44

Hi, just wondering if people can offer advice on what the best sources of information are for a total beginner to gardening?

I enjoy being out in the garden and pottering, planting/weeding/pruning etc, but have no real gardening knowledge base or experience, which ordinarily hasn't been a problem.

However....we're hopefully...if all goes well.... going to be lucky enough to be buying a lovely new house soon...only it happens to come with an absolutely stunning garden that has been well tended and even won local garden awards. I don't want to let it go to ruin after all the years of work that has been put into it and would like to learn how to keep it and maintain it etc.... but where to start..... I was weeding in our rental garden today and realised I wasn't even sure if some plants were weeds or not....and started to get worried about my lack of basic knowledge!

So can anyone recommend some good videos or books etc to get me started?

This garden is on a steep slope, is pretty large, has wisteria on the house, roses, all manner of beautifully pruned shrubs, including a huge holly bush, and other climbing plants and many pots - not sure if any of those are staying or not.

So we will have to hire someone to at least trim the hedges as there's no way I'm letting myself climb ladders and use cutting machinery, but otherwise I'd like to do as much as possible.

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