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Any good lawn mower forums?

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 14:27

Thanks David. I think winter is definately the best time to buy a used mower. Come summer they will be selling for much higher prices. 

Ornamental grass seed?

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 23:45

Thanks Verdun. Maybe I should consider a lawn like yours, less ornamental but still looking great. My initial plan was to turf it, I've laid Rowlawn turf before with good results. Like I mentioned, I'm doing my research now before I start the ground prep. 

Any good lawn mower forums?

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 21:54

Well I snapped up another mower today as it was selling for a good price, I intend to sell the previous one this summer. This new one is a Qualcast Classic 43S with 17" blade...



Ornamental grass seed?

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 21:47

I'm looking at laying a nice ornamental/bowling green lawn in my garden and was wondering if anyone could recommend any seed specialists to buy from?

I accept this type of lawn is higher maintenance, but I'm prepared for that  I'm spending the next few weeks researching and then getting the soil prepared. I've even bought a nice cylinder mower in advance. 

Any tips/advice great fully received. 

new gardener - big wild garden

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 00:43

The grass needs cutting down and then the existing turf needs removing by scraping off with a spade, or hire a turf stripping machine. That part can be done anytime, but the laying of new turf ideally should be done in spring or autumn so it doesn't fry out in the summer sun. Or you can save money by sowing grass seed. 

Theres a bit more to it than that, but thats the basics. 

Any good lawn mower forums?

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 16:12

Not at all David, all comments appreciated. My new lawn isn't going to be very big at all, if I'm still enthusiastic about keeping the lawn nice by the end of summer I may upgrade to a different mower. 

I picked up the mower today and it does look like a nice machine. 

Any good lawn mower forums?

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 10:20

Iv e just bought a Suffolk Punch 30S petrol cylinder mower for a good price on ebay, collecting it this week. I won't be using it until my new lawn is installed, but hopefully it will be an introduction into proper mowing.


Overgrown Montana Clematis

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 19:51

I have one in my garden. Actually, it's my next door neighbours but it grows over my garage as you can see below. I prune it back by about 1-2ft after it has flowered late spring. It grows back through the summer and flowers profusely again the following spring. Sadly for my neighbour, tney don't get any flowers on their side of my garage, which obviously means that it's my pruning that makes the flowers. 

Basically, however far you cut it back, thats where the flowers will appear the following year, so chop away. You can see my neighbours house on the left which is where it is planted, but it flowers on my side of the garage....


Any good lawn mower forums?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 19:43

Thanks David. I'll go and visit a few places and get a better feel for it. There's a couple I know of in Sheffield.  


Any good lawn mower forums?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 18:17

Thanks. I've seen two types of Suffolk Punch for sale brand new, one about £500 and the Kawaziki engine model at around £1000. It also seems that Suffolk Punch 14S, Qualcas Classic, Allet Classic 14L, Webb C14 & Atco Balmoral are all one and the same, just given a different name.  Another site states the Suffolk Punch doesn't exist any more and has been replaced by the Allet Classic. It's quite confusing actually.

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