Practical hints and tips from Flymo. Find a range of articles dispelling common myths to practical advice on attracting worms - the lifeblood of your soil.
With summer finally upon us and the nation picking up its garden shears in force, our green waste bins are filling up fast. But what happens when our bins are full? In some areas of England, residents are paying extra charges on top of their council tax to have their green bin collected – but who’s getting the best deal?
There are 326 districts in the UK, and over half of them charge their residents additional fees to have their garden waste collected. These ‘opt-in’ schemes ask residents to fork out anything from £6 up to £96 a year.
Gardens are there to be enjoyed, and there is no better way to enjoy a garden than by having a kickabout with the kids. Especially in a world cup year, you can expect families across the country to lace up their boots and go for a game of footie.
While it may be great to have some fun outdoors, you need to make sure you have prepared your garden to take the strain first. There’s nothing worse than reaching the end of the summer and realising your lawn looks like a wasteland that will take ages to repair…
Here are our top tips to create the perfect sporting arena in your garden ahead of summer:
Just because you don’t have the space for a proper garden doesn’t mean you need to go without your own outdoor space. You can create a beautiful outdoor oasis without much space at all; all you need is a bit of planning and design. Smaller gardens may need more thought than larger gardens but with the right planning they can be even better – they do say ‘great things come in small packages’.
If you are looking to revitalise your outdoor space here are our top tips to give you the garden you deserve.
Weeding can be one of the most annoying activities in maintaining our gardens, and the unwanted pests have a tendency to grow back if untreated. Our gardens are full of them, but identifying all weeds correctly, instead of flowers, can be a difficult task. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you identify which flowers are masquerading as plants, for a weed-free outdoor space where your flower beds are protected and your garden can breathe easy.
Selecting the right lawnmower for your garden can be tough decision. With so many options and models on the market today it can be a little overwhelming. The best place to start is to understand your lawn care requirements and if whether you should opt for a; petrol, electric or battery mower. Of course, each fuel type has its pros and cons which come down the requirements of the garden.
If you’re leaning towards a battery lawnmower, here’s what you need to know…
Whether you’re a new home owner looking to invest in a lawnmower for your first garden, or simply wishing to upgrade a hand-me-down from a family member, buying a mower can be a tricky task – electric or battery powered? Rotary or hover? Collection box or mulching?
Fear not, this handy guide will provide enough information to transform even the most novice of gardeners in to a lawnmower expert in no time, meaning making that all-important purchase will be a breeze!
Replacing your lawnmower is never an easy decision. Often you would have had your current lawnmower for many years and it has been a reliable accomplice in your quests for neatly cut lines across your lawn. If, however, your mower suddenly stops working the decision whether to repair it or replace it altogether isn’t very clear-cut (pun intended).
Knowing which lawnmower to buy, and which suits your garden, can most definitely be a challenge - but to help find the best mower for your needs at a more cost effective price, try our following points.
They’re all commonly believed myths.
And whilst everyone enjoys the occasional old wives’ tale that has been passed down through the generations, did you know that the gardening world in particular is full of myths that could actually be compromising the welfare of your garden? That’s why we’ve gone undercover to dig up and dispel five of the most common misconceptions about gardening. Check them out:
After years of saving, you have finally taken the big step and moved into your first home, your first big time responsibility begins now! Maintaining the cleanliness of your house can become a chore, and with the weather finally warming up, the sun staying out longer, your new house and lawn is the place to get to know your surroundings and an opportunity to have your friends and family over.
For new homeowners, the last thing you want, is the stress of spending endless amounts of money on new lawn equipment, whilst also having to purchase expensive furniture and ornaments to match the new décor.
While not being out in the garden for a week might not cause too much mess, missing a fortnight might, and there are a few simple precautions you can take to protect your lawn while you are away.
Before you go away, make sure that you remove any weeds or moss from your lawn. Unfortunately these plants once established will quickly spread. The best way to prevent them from taking over your lawn and garden when on holiday is to remove them before you go. This is good lawn maintenance anyway and should be done before mowing to prevent them from spreading.
Before you begin clearing up after the flooding take a few photos of the damage the flooding has caused. Some insurance companies may request this as proof of damage, and some may even cover the cost of replacing any damaged plants.
The garden can be an amazing place for your little ones to burn off excessive energy and keep healthy -however, it can sometimes be tricky maintaining a pristine garden that is a completely hazard free environment. That’s why we’ve put a few quick and simple tips together, ensuring you can keep your lush green lawn whilst making sure it’s the best place for your child to play.
Below we have created an annual gardening task calendar to allow you to plan your year in the garden and maximise your plant and shrub growth.
Instead of using the power as a guide as to which lawnmower to purchase, look at the size of the collection box. This will often indicate the size of the garden they are built for. A bigger grass box often means that it is suitable for a bigger garden. If your lawn would never fill the grass box, then it’s probably not the correct lawnmower for you.
Before putting everything away, first take the time to clean the garden shed. First of all, remove all your gardening tools from the shed. Sweep away any loose grass and dirt to ensure that the dust does not clog any of your machines when the dust settles when being stored over the winter.
Before you throw everything back into the shed, follow some basic advice or risk having to face some disastrous consequences next year.
Many of us collect our lawn clippings and throw them into the organic waste bin which the council collects and disposes of for us. There are however, a couple of additional things you can do which will help ensure a healthy, green garden.
Tidying your shed and making it look tip top doesn’t take long, and can often be achieved in one afternoon. Don’t let an unloved shed ruin your garden. Follow the basics below and give your garden the WOW factor.
From the cheap and cheerful to the all-singing-all dancing; how do you begin to decide which lawnmower is the best for you, and where to buy it from?
The other option is, you place your Christmas tree in your garden waste bin, which the local council collects on a regular basis. This will then be recycled or taken to landfill dependent on which council you use. For some this may not be an option, as the council may not offer this service, or you may have to have already subscribed to this service previously in the year.
Follow our Flymo advice and you'll be fine!
With Easter just around the corner there is always promise of warmer weather, meaning you can finally enjoy spending time in your garden. With thoughts of BBQ’s and garden parties coming up this summer, a great looking garden is essential. Here we offer five tips to make sure your lawn is lush.
Why not take a little time over the next few weeks to make a few small changes to your garden in able to attract more wildlife?
Cutting your grass is just one of those things that you have to do, whether you like it or not. Everyone can do it, but if you want your lawn to look great, then you should follow some basic steps to ensure your grass remains looking lovely and green.
Summer brings common challenges for the gardener in all of us, such as dividing time and effort between, keeping our gardens in good shape, and enjoying them throughout the holidays. It’s a tough season for the garden as it is, but given that many of us take holidays this time of year, it’s a wonder our gardens survive.
Cutting your lawn when it’s wet is never recommended if you plan on using an electric lawnmower. As the saying goes: water and electricity never mix! Apart from the obvious safety concerns regarding grass becoming slippery when wet, especially when cutting banks or slopes, mowing your lawn when it is wet can also damage your lawn and prevent it from looking neat and tidy.