Spring is the perfect time to establish a neat lawn edge

    If the edges of your lawn have taken a pounding over the sodden winter months, spring is here to set them straight, and re-establish neat boundaries. This prepares the way for light maintenance for the rest of the growing season. 

    Should you be new to gardening and haven’t used a garden edger on your lawn before, the objective is to give it definition and clean lines. A lawn that spreads year after year will not only encroach onto flower borders and pathways or driveways, it affects the way your home and garden look. 

    If your lawn edges have taken a pounding over the winter months, spring is the ideal time to re-restablish neat boundaries.

    Eco-friendly gardening: using recycled household water on your lawn

    Let’s look at some dos and don’ts and reasons why so-called grey water helps with your water-saving efforts.

    Grey water and the environment

    Brits often joke about the rain in summer, but areas of the UK and mainland Europe are increasingly suffering from water shortages during the summer months and scientists have predicted this will get worse, not better. 

    In 2019, Sir James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency, warned that within 25 years, England won’t have enough water to meet demand.

    If you’re a water-conscious homeowner, whether it’s for ecological reasons or because you have a water meter (or both), recycling water for your garden is probably on your radar.

    Do you need a brush cutter or will a line trimmer do?

    “There’s a tool for every job” is a well-known saying, but does it apply when it comes to gardening? It’s true that sometimes you can get away with using, say, a trowel instead of a hoe, or a pole saw in place of a chain saw. 

    However, when it comes to modern power garden tools, which have been designed and even innovated for specific tasks, you’d probably do well to choose the recommended model for the job. Not only will it save you time (and your back), but it will simply do a better job.

    If you can’t decide whether you need a brush cutter or a line trimmer, the good news is that we have a range of cordless garden tools that will do both.

    Tips on using a cordless garden cultivator

    Overview of soil cultivation

    Cultivation’s purpose is:

    • Loosening soil
    • Uprooting weeds
    • Top dressing
    • Furrowing in

    Some gardeners like to cultivate their flower beds and vegetable patches with a spade or other hand tool. This isn’t practical for everyone, especially if you have a larger garden or an allotment. Cordless garden cultivators are a convenient and effective alternative.

    The best time to use a cultivator on your garden or allotment soil is autumn or spring, depending on the type of soil in your area. Autumn, before the rain and snow soak the ground, is better for clay soils.

    Get your hedge into better shape in spring

    • Evergreens grow more slowly and will keep their shape for longer; conifers will need more attention throughout the year due to the speed they grow.

    • Generally speaking, for all hedge species, you will need to trim them at least once a year in spring to keep them tidy and encourage new growth.

    • If you like your hedge to look formal - with clean lines and shapes - you’ll need to trim them more regularly throughout the year.

      Regular trimming of your hedge will help it grow well and vigorously, as well as keeping it in good shape. Here are some tips to keep in mind, whether you cut your hedge by hand or use a battery-powered hedge trimmer.

       

    Preparing your lawn for the first mow

    1. Tidying up after autumn and winter

    You’ll need:

    • Garden rake or cordless leaf blower
    • Wheelbarrow or garden sacks (compostable, biodegradable)

    Have a walk around your lawn. Hard objects in the grass could damage your lawn mower or dull the blades. They could also be thrown by the blades, causing damage to other objects in the vicinity, or even cause injury to yourself or someone else.

    The arrival of spring in the UK is becoming increasingly unpredictable. Although March and April have traditionally marked the beginning of lawn-mowing season, unusually warmer weather in January and February might mean you’ll need to start sooner.

    With this in mind, here are some practical tips to getting your lawn - and your battery-powered mower - ready for action.

    How to safely use a chainsaw in your garden

    1. Safe operation of cordless chainsaws

    People who use chainsaws for work need a licence to prove they can operate one safely. You don’t need to be certified to use a chainsaw in your garden but there’s a lot you can learn from the professionals. 

    Several people are killed and many are seriously injured each year while pruning trees and cutting logs. Some of these are domestic users, though many are landscaping professionals who have received training. 

    Battery-powered chainsaws and their petrol counterparts are powerful and effective tools but they can be dangerous if not used in the correct way. Here’s an overview of safety considerations that will help you prepare to operate your chainsaw the way the professionals do and minimising injury.