How do I mow the lawn?
1. Rake over your lawn to remove debris like twigs and rocks that might damage your mower. You should also identify areas you might need to avoid, such as freshly sown grass.
2. Mow fortnightly in spring and once a week in summer for healthy, well-kept grass.
3. It can be tricky to judge but aim to reduce the height of your grass by about a third each time you mow to keep it strong and healthy. You can adjust the height of your mower by using a lever on the side or adjusting the axle underneath.
4. Turn on your mower and push it over the grass. Mow up and down in straight lines, slightly overlapping each time. If the grass is long or damp, walk slowly.
5. If you’re using a corded lawnmower, be careful to avoid the power cable.
6. Empty the grass collector regularly so don't drop clippings on to the lawn.
7. Tidy up edges along paths and flowerbeds with edging shears, for a uniform, manicured lawn.
8. If there are any bits of long grass your mower can’t reach - for example under trees or at the base of garden furniture - you can trim them with a grass trimmer.
9. Once you’re done, reuse the glass clippings in a compost bin for a fertile soil improver and mulch.
Cleaning outdoor spaces
Make cleaning a breeze by investing in a pressure washer to blast away dirt, grime, and grease from your patios, decks, the greenhouse and front drives.
Before you start, it’s crucial to work out what needs cleaning. Patios and driveways need at least a mid-range, mid-power pressure washer to power through mud, algae, and oil stains. Wood is a softer material than stone and can be damaged by pressure washers, so decks and sheds are best cleaned by a low-power pressure washer or one with adjustable pressure. Windows and cars also need low-pressure cleaning, to avoid damaging glass and paintwork.