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Lawn mower, 55 and overs needed.

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 13:15

I suggest you have a look at the B&Q site yourself rather than relying on other people's market research which may have been based on other criteria than yours.   Lots of models over 150 quid on here - 


Lawn mower, 55 and overs needed.

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 11:51

The grey pound is the spending power of middle aged and older people who, having kids off their hands and the mortgage paid up, have more spending power than younger people - assuming they own their own property and have more than a state pension to live on which is quite a lot of people.

They're going to want a lawn mower that is sturdy, does the job without fuss, will last a good while, is easy to maintain, has adequate power not to require huge muscle mass to push around and probably a mulching setting that means they don't have to keep emptying a grass collector.   They'll also want an easy scarifying option if they do take care of their lawns.

They'll probably have bought their houses in an era when gardens were bigger than postage stamps so lawns will be larger so I think your range of models is very restrictive and your upper price range is really very low.

If you're after inventing a new lawn mower you really do need to think about your target market and thus your marketing.


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 10:12

Lizzie - ditch the growmore and give it some pelleted chicken manure or blood fish and bone which will also feed soil organisms and thus improve the soil.  Give it some rose food too and some drinks of liquid rose or tomato food which will promote flowers.    

Mine has flowered well this year after almost being wiped out by heavy frosts and snow in the winter of 12-13.  Last winter was mild so it kept the few new stems it had put on and grew loads more last year and is flowering beautifully.

Caral - there's only me and OH at home most of the time so I use the scientists and the dance club to experiment with new recipes for when I do a charity bake.   My latest finds are chocolate cherry muffins, banana, apple and pecan cake and a honey, parsnip and coconut cake.  All scrumptious. 

No gardening as yet today.  It's persisting down after another wild, wet and windy night.

Lawn mower, 55 and overs needed.

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 09:59

I've done it too but I thought the options and range was rather limited.  Clearly haven't heard of the power of the grey pound or the desire for higher performance from one's time and tools.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 15:23

This morning was fine but I was busy experimenting with chocolate cherry muffins for my English class - Belgian scientists I use as baking guinea pigs.   Now I'm free to garden but we have thunder, lightening and lots of wet stuff pouring down.   Domesticity it is then.

Growing Tea

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 11:22

Don't drink tea but I think you may be pushing it a bit to grow it outside of the warmer, sheltered, south western counties or a walle dgarden protected by the Gulf Stream if you're further north.   You also have to consider the drying and bendng and storing aspects and you'd need a lot of plants to get a crop to make a brew given that it's made frm just the newest young leaves..

So many frosts

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 11:19

I was given one of those for Xmas 2009 Dove.  It died on January 6th recording -25C.   My ordinary wall min/max recorded -32C that night.

Haven't had such horrors since but the winters of 2009 and 2010 often got down to -25C.   -15C is a more normal low here.

I lost so many plants and got rather disheartened so haven't recorded temps since.  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 14:28

No gardening today apart form clearing all the stuff I hacked the other day.   Driving sleet has stopped play.

So many frosts

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 13:17

It's winter.  Frost is what we're supposed to have.

Once spring comes it will come with a whoosh.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 14:11

Me too.   I have been out to prune some more clems and plant some impulse pots of purple crocus in a bigger display pot but it is perishing out there today so, apart from walking the dogs I am retreating indoors.

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