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Lawn mower servicing

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 22:43

Haven't tried that (yet.)  From what I can see, about the only servicing item readily available is an air filter. 

I now mine is pretty clogged with oil so replacing is certainly sensible,

Is there any reason that one cannot wash the air filter?

Lawn mower servicing

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 18:29

Thanks.  Didn't think of eSpares.  Have used them in the past for blender / washing machine bits but never considered them for lawn mowers.

eBay also brought up some useful bits.

Lawn mower servicing

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 13:12

What ho one and all,

I have the standard, petrol driven, push lawn mower with a B&S engine.  Nothing special, not expensive, it does the job required.

But..................  it could do with a service.  Have enquired at the local servicing places and their prices of around £160 + VAT is not on, considering that the mower only cost about £250 when new.

I do most of the servicing on my car so am not worried about trying to service the mower, but it would be nice to know where I can source the various bits that  may need replacing and a manual.

Any ideas?

Thanks and toodle pip.


Pebble stream

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 20:57

That's a plan but I'm not so sure about the pressure washer. 

They are only regular, garden centre purchased pebbles and a pressure washer will fire them all over the place.

Think I will just have to make it this year's project, along with two gates, make a pergola, reposition whatever plants SWMBO wants repositioning, etc, etc, etc.  By which time it will be autumn and leaf collecting time and the 'dry stream' will still be full of soil.

Pebble stream

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 20:33

Pretty much what I thought.  Have tried doing that on a small section and did not look forward to spending the whole summer washing the 'dry stream.' 

Call me lazy?  But I guess that is how it will have to be.  I know that SWMBO will find other things to interrupt the progress and then tell me that is is not worth the effort.

but now that the garden is more established on both sides, I figure that by cleaning, it will not clog up so quickly because there is not so much loose soil to wash down.  But what do I know?

Pebble stream

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 18:28

Thanks for your reply.  I have thought about a pressure washer too, but figure that it will project pebbles all over the place.

I figure there is quite a build-up of organic material now and I don't think a pressure washer will shift it all. 

SWMBO (who has the green fingers; I am just programmed to do the grunt work) suggests another layer of pebbles, but in my opinion, that is just hiding the issue and it will only build up again to the new level.


The 'stream' is only about 18" wide and probably less than 6" deep, so not so many pebbles.

Pebble stream

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 16:07

What ho one and all,

Another glorious day in paradise!

When we built the house, part of the drainge plan was a shallow ditch, meandering to a pond at the back of the garden.  This would be a 'Japanese style' dry gravel 'stream' but would take water from one section of the roof when it rains.

 As such, it does what it is supposed to do.  However, over the intervening years, the 'stream' has filled with earth and other organic debris to the extent that now weeds an moss are  happily growing.

I don't want to dispose of the gravel but what would be the best (easiest) way to clean it and try to reduce the amount of soil that has accumulated?

Toodle pip and thanks



Fighting Bramble

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 08:13

Thanks for the replies.  Think I will investigate the weedkiller and go with the regular cutting route.  This is the first summer since the work was done and to date, the bl***y things don't seem to have learnt the lesson from cutting.

Regarding complaining to the developers, it's not quite like that.  There were three independant new builds, and one of them arranged for their landscapers, more as a favour to everyone facing the roundabout, to tidy it up (it was being used for builder parking,) grass seed the surrounding and leave the bushes, shrubs and trees.  Even with the bramble peeping through, it looks sooooooo much better than it did.

Again, thanks


Fighting Bramble

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 15:35

Hi there,

I'm sure this has been covered a gazillion times, so now is my chance to make it a gazillion and one!

There is a small roundabout in front of my house.  When the recent new builds had been completed, they arranged to have it tidied and landscaped.  Unfortunately, the landscapers appear to have distributed bramble roots everywhere and there is now almost as many bramble shoots as there is grass.

What is the recommended method to eradicate bramble?



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