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Garden lawn mowers for every day gardens

Every garden needs a lawn mower

Everybody needs a lawnmower because it’s just simply saves an awful lot of time and makes things far more comfortable and the result is that you’ve got far more time for the home and family. Overall, there’s so many different lawn mowers out there and picking the right one can be quite daunting as well as understanding what you need in terms of the size and power for your garden and all of the different elements that come together to help you decide what you need to for your garden and in this article we’re going to go through exactly the best way to go about picking a lawn mower for your garden based on your personal situation and the current state of your garden.

Types of lawn mowers

Cordless lawn mowers are by far the most common and popular sort of lawn mowers you find yourself using these days because basically, battery power has improved so much to the point is considerably cheaper and more effective to have a battery cordless lawn mower. These are extremely convenient because you can just simply take them out the shed and don’t have to worry about any power leads or any of the other conditions, for example, that you might have from purchasing a petrol lawnmower; whereby you need to stop half way through because you run out of fuel! Overall, cordless lawn mowers are safe, cheap, and practical. Because of the cost of batteries considerably dropping, as the technology advances it’s a great choice. I’d say that a cordless lawn mower is the right way to go and in most situations of typical household gardens. Anyone with a typical size garden that’s say3 bedroom semi house with forty to sixty foot back garden is going to benefit from the purchase of a cordless lawn mower.


Lawn mowers: grass makes good compost

One of most amazing things about cutting the grass is the fact that you collect all of that amazing offcuts. These this grass breaks down and makes the most amazing composting because it’s so small it actually breakdown really quickly and it means that your compost heap will become fertile soil very quickly. Compost itself is extremely useful for the garden and grass is really good base for it. Grass is actually really good as well because the attract worms and slow-worms and other critters to the mix because it’s so good nutrient base so overall in terms of making compost the grass is really important.

Don’t let your grass get too long, keep the lawn mower to hand!

One of the most important things is not letting the lawn get too long because if you pick a cordless lawn mower for example, then it won’t have the power to cut it down. Make sure you can cut your lawn as often as you possibly can and this will result in having some of the best quality and most maintainable grass in any garden around the UK today.

Overall it’s a very simple thing to do. Just set yourself a time span of perhaps 1 to 2 times per week and then follow that through the summer. Be careful though, you don’t really need to cut the grass anytime after November and normally the First Cut again what happened in March. Overall this is a good plan and it will help you keep the garden in good shape.

Advantages of cordless lawn mowers

As already mentioned cordless lawn mowers are extremely advantageous because they’re pound-for-pound the easiest to use in best for every typical garden. It doesn’t mean that if you have an extremely large or small garden that’s the case however, and overall it’s just the cordless lawn mower is particularly good for most situations in the UK.

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Corded electric lawn mowers cheaper

Whilst corded electric lawn mowers are cheaper there are actually quite a pain to use; you have to take a power cable and bring it in and out each time. This means if it’s damp or raining it’s actually unsafe and of course you need to be extremely careful because you could end up getting electrical shock. That said, they are actually extremely cheap and sofa many people on the type of guy you would go with the core electrical lawnmower because it’s just simply really handy. And also, one of the most common types of corded electric lawn mower out there is the Flymo. The Flymo is by far and away one of the cheapest and most powerful lawn mowers that you can find in the UK today.

Petrol lawn mowers the most powerful

Talking about the power, if you need power then obviously the go to is a petrol lawn mower. The big problem with a petrol lawn mowers, you need to store fuel it it and you may need to purchase the fuel which means that for example if you run out, you’ll have to go to the shop and that’s an extreme waste of time, but apart from that, if you’ve got a bigger or larger garden or you’ve let your grass grow too long then a petrol lawnmower is absolutely the right way to go because it will definitely give you the power that you need to get the job done.

One thing to be aware of the petrol lawnmower is there actually pretty good value for money and they can start from kind of like £100 or more. So they don’t have to cost a fortune.

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Ride on lawn mowers for big gardens

Perhaps you have got an extremely large garden and perhaps that lends itself to a ride on lawn mower. You typically need something more in the range of at least half an acre of grass that you need to cut every way to justify the cost of a ride on lawn mower. You can cut grass easily with a ride on lawn mower, you can save a huge amount of time overall.

Overall my favourite is a cordless lawn mower for the garden if you’ve got a typical household situation but you need to take a look at your own personal circumstance for selecting the right lawnmower for you and your garden.

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The Regal Lily (Lilium regale)

There is no questioning the fact that we are currently in the gentle grip of one of the nicest periods of weather we have had this year so far and I’m hoping that it continues for a few more days at least. This has led me to spend many enjoyable evenings in the sun soaked garden or up at the allotment, often with a glass of wine, and it is at specific moments like these that I really begin to appreciate what has been created around me and the particular plants that really shine. The Regal Lily is definitely one of those plants that earns its keep and helps to make this picture even more perfect.

This Lily makes a fantastic addition to any garden adding splashes of white and a degree of temporary height to borders. I often use it as a cut flower to bring in to the home and, in fact, I’m planning to grow quite a large quantity of these in the cutting garden planned for the allotment plot along with other flowers I use in the home (watch this space).

The reason I write about this plant is because it has everything that most gardeners ask for from a flowering plant. It’s beautiful, fully hardy, very easy to grow and it produces an intoxicating scent that fills the air, whether it be in the garden or home. In my opinion it is one of the finest Summer bulbs available at present.

Unlike other Lilies that often require additional drainage and a bit more care, the Regal Lily is quite tolerant of moist soil and is likely to grow happily for years to come once planted in to its final position. The height of its flower stems and the number of flowers produced will vary year-to-year depending on its growing conditions, soil fertility and available moisture. Plant it amongst other border plants as they will protect emerging shoots from early frosts or alternatively you can grow plants in pots and place them in to bare patches of earth previously occupied by other seasonal displays, which is what I plan to do with Lilium ‘Starburst’. These plants are fairly easy to come buy from various retailers, even including pound shops, and they are also quick to grow from seed, flowering after two years in some cases.

If you are looking for a Summer bulb that adds colour, height and scent to the garden I would most certainly recommend the Regal Lily. Do you grow these plants? What other Summer bulbs would you recommend to other gardeners?


Friends, Food, Flowers and France

Last weekend brought a long spell of fantastic weather, excellent company, a touch of sunburn and oodles of good food. I couldn’t have asked for more.

The colourful salad pictured above, made up of what was available in the garden and a few extras that had to be bought in, was so vibrant I couldn’t resist taking a photograph of it and it pretty much shouted out for attention. I put the salad together to accompany a meal made for friends who stayed over on the weekend. They very kindly donated lots of great plants to me for the allotment and fingers crossed they will help to contribute to a meal or two at some point in the very near future. I was also given a homemade Plum and Apple chutney . . . heaven!

Another good friend of mine is planning to move to France shortly, of which I am immensely jealous, and for this reason she asked me to pop over and pick up a water butt which is soon to be surplus to requirements. A few hours and several cups of tea later I left her house without the water butt. My intentions were to drop off a few saplings and collect the aforementioned water butt, Instead I came home with a horticultural bounty. A compost bin, Blueberries, Hostas, Aeonium, Salvias, Hemerocallis, Sedums, Begonia, Lathyrus, a Golden Hop and many other fabulous plants managed to sneak their way in to my small car, most of which are destined for life on the allotment.

It was really quite humbling that she would trust me with her prized plants, many of which were grown from seed or handed down by friends and relatives. I think, and most definitely in my case, that plants can hold many memories, have sentimental value and become treasured items in their own right. The feelings that came with taking these plants was bittersweet. I know that I will offer these plants the love and care that they have become accustomed to and when the time is right I will be able to provide her with cuttings and seedlings from which she can start her garden all over again with the exact plants she cherished for many years (hopefully). I hope I can do her proud.

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Vertical planting in the garden

Vertical planting is a great way to expand on growing space for any small garden, patio or balcony and it doesn’t necessarily mean using climbing plants to cover bare fences and walls – you can grow almost any plant to give a ‘green’ wall, or if filled with flowers a ‘colourful’ wall! A sunny wall or fence is an ideal place for growing plants, vegetables, herbs and flowers when you have limited space. In small gardens the upper part of the wall or fence will usually be the last part of the garden to lose the sun at the end of the day, or for that matter to gain it early in the day.

There are ready made vertical planting systems and plant holders available to buy if you want to create something instantly. We now stock the Eco plant holders, a simple device for holding pots on fences, and also the Verti Plant system which can be used in pairs, rows or even to cover a whole fence for big impact! Both are easily fixed to the fence.

Make your own vertical planters


Why not have a go at making your own vertical planters with recycled items such as wooden pallets, plastic bottles or drain-piping. Either leave them natural or paint them in colours to make a bright feature. This photo shows what can be done with two pallets and some pots to cheer up a fence. Fix the pallet securely to the fence, then line with plastic to make bags for the plants to sit in, not forgetting to add drainage holes.

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Up-Cycling Ideas for the Garden – Pots and Planters

If you’ve old and unwanted items that you’re thinking of throwing out, think again. Why not up-cycle them by making new and unique pots and planters for your garden. It’s easy and fun to do and doesn’t cost you anything except some time!


I’ve had a tyre sitting in my garden for a while, waiting to be disposed of. But then I got thinking about ways I could use it in my garden, maybe a small pond or a planter. With a few tyres you could make an eye-catching garden features such as the gorgeous colourful ones in this photo. Simply paint with some bright colours, add a plastic liner, some drainage material and soil, and fill with colourful plants for a beautiful summer display.

Walking Boots:

I’ve also got some walking boots that are on their last legs so I plan to let them retire in the garden and become an attractive planter like the one in the photo filled with Campanula.


If you’ve got children you’ll probably have a few pairs of old wellies lying around that they’ve grown out of. Give the children a project during school holidays to up-cycle them into garden pots filled with their favourite flowers. The more the merrier!

A Car:

I guess not many people will have a car lying around or even have room for one in their back garden – but I couldn’t resist putting this photo in!

A Colander:

They make great hanging containers and come with a ready made drainage holes ready to hang in the garden!



The lid broke on my favourite tea-pot recently and I couldn’t bear to throw it out. It now has another job as a plant pot and looks gorgeous planted up with flowering plants. It is possible to carefully drill a hole in the bottom for drainage and always add some old broken terracotta pots or gravel to the bottom – or it could be used for indoor plants. An even simpler idea for a teapot is to use it as a vase for the kitchen windowsill!

Tin Cans:


My son recently gave me a gift – a hanging pot made from a tin can. He painted a lovely design on it but if like me you don’t have much artistic talent, keep them in their natural state as a plain, shiny tin! Remember to put a few drainage holes in the bottom, then simply fill with flowering plants or hanging plants such as strawberries. A good idea if you’ve run out of space in the greenhouse.

That’s it for now. I hope this has inspired you to find unwanted containers to up-cycle into useful pots and planters for your garden.


Happy Gardening!