Lawn Care

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Written by Adam Woolcott  

Adam has over 30 years of experience as a professional gardener and has many accolades, but is probably best known for his four Gold Medals at The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show and his three BBC/RHS People’s Choice Awards at the show (of which he is particularly proud) which he won as one half of Woolcott & Smith.

Your Guide to Looking After Your Lawn

I’m never sure why but when I was younger winter seemed to drag on forever, and by late February memories of playing and having fun in the garden seemed distant, but as I got older the seasons seemed to fly by.

One big indication of winter moving into spring is the lawn, after months of puddles, worm casts and mud the grass begins to awaken, gently at first and then as the days grow longer and warmer so the grass becomes greener and stronger.

The course grasses are first of the blocks and then the finer grasses catch up as spring progresses, so the moral of the story is, if you don’t want to be playing catch up then it’s time to start mowing the lawn again!

TIP 1: When to Mow Your Lawn

Generally, now is a great time to begin cutting your lawn regularly, but you’ll need to be guided by the weather and ground conditions, if it’s still very cold with frosts and wet ground then hold back a while longer until conditions improve.

Tip 2: How Much to Take Off

Your lawn will be much happier being cut little but often, going in with a really low cut at the beginning of the season can be very detrimental to your lawn, causing it to discolour or scorch in the hot sun.

If your grass is very tall at the start of the year then set your lawnmower on the highest setting for the first cut and then cut once a week dropping the height gradually every time until you achieve the height you want.

If you want a very ornamental lawn then the grass can be kept quite short but for an area of grass that’s going to receive a lot of rough and tumble it’s best to leave it taller, this also applies to your lawn during hot and dry periods.

Tip 3: Achieving That Stripe Effect

Large lawns, in particular, lend themselves to being stripped but this can still be achieved on smaller lawns as well, the secret is a mower with a rear roller!

By cutting up and down from the point you view your lawn, slightly overlapping the cut each time you’ll achieve the best results.

The Webb WERR17SP ‘Supreme’ Petrol Rear Roller Lawnmower or the Webb WERR17LISPX2 Cordless Self Propelled Rear Roller Rotary Lawnmower are both incredible machines that will easily and effectively give your lawn that amazing and professional striped look.

Tip 4: Lawnmower Maintenance

Once you’ve invested in a quality lawnmower you’ll want to enjoy years of use from your machine and regular maintenance is the key to this.

At the start of each season check the oil and if it’s dark and viscous then replace it with a quality oil suitable for lawnmowers, also if you haven’t added a fuel preservative then always put fresh fuel into your machine before starting it for the first time.

Replace the spark plug if the mower is difficult to start and make sure the air filter is clean and intact, if not replace it with a new one.

Very importantly make sure the blade is super sharp and the underside of the mower is clean and free from old grass.

Always remove the spark plug cap before carrying out any maintenance near the blade.

Finally, check that the pully cord isn’t frayed or damaged by pulling it all the way out. Webb holds a large range of lawnmower spares and accessories.

Tip 5: Ensure You Have the Right Lawnmower

When purchasing a new lawnmower there are three main considerations to take on board, how large is your lawn area, what sort of finish you want from your lawnmower, such as a very fine cut for an ornamental lawn or perhaps a side discharge option for a rough area of grass for example, and finally how you want your lawnmower to be powered, electric, petrol or battery operated.

If you only have a small lawn then the Webb WEER33 ‘Classic’ lawnmower will be ideal with its 1300w electric rotary action and was voted by Gardeners’ World Magazine as Best Buy Budget Lawnmower, however at the other extreme how about the 76cm Webb WE12530 ride-on lawnmower, or something in between such as a Webb Supreme 53cm (21″) Self Propelled High Wheel Petrol Lawn Mower.

Webb Supreme Lawnmower Range

Lawnmowers can also cut in different ways, a rotary mower has a flat blade that revolves like a helicopter blade where as some lawnmowers have a cylinder-cutting action like the blades on a combined harvester.

Cylinder mowers are sought after for high-end lawns as for tennis courts for example whereas rotary lawnmowers still give a great finish but can be used on rougher grass or amenity grass areas.

Concerning how your lawnmower is powered, manual lawnmowers tend to be the cheapest, the electric ones in particular or although you do have the drawback of the cable.

If you fancy a step up then a manual battery-powered mower s a brilliant option and the areas these lawnmowers can cover with their modern battery technology is quite amazing.

You may want to opt for a petrol mower, these mowers are powerful and in general, the larger models are self-propelled but they do require more maintenance than the previous options but nothing too arduous.

Happy mowing!


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