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Lawnmower Clinic - Hints and Tricks

The Recipe to a beautiful garden

To get your garden into the right shape, and keep it there, you need the correct equipment. Let us look at what ingredients a typical Garden Shed should include.

A garden consists out of different sections. You will find flowerbeds, a paved area or driveway and a large lawn in almost every garden. To keep your garden in tiptop shape, you firstly need a lawnmower and edge cutter for the lawn.

The type of lawnmower depends on the size of your lawn. You will also have to decide between an electric or petrol driven, rotary or cylinder, and a push, self-propelled or hover type machine. Many people walk into a store and buy the first machine that catches the eye. The wrong choice of machines could lead to premature failure or endless problems if not designed for the task of your particular lawn area.

For plots or larger gardens the perfect solution will be to use a ride-on mower. Different sizes are available and it is best to arrange for a demonstration on your property before you decide on a machine.

A trimmer will be necessary for those edges around the flowerbeds, against walls and next to the paved areas. You will have a choice between electric or petrol, and bottom or top mount motors. Remember always to use eye protection when trimming. For small gardens you also find manual grass shears.

Leaves laying on your property can also be an eyesore. To keep this tidy you must use a garden vacuum/blower combination. These appliances switch easily from blower to vacuum. It is easier to blow all the leaves onto a heap, even out of the flowerbeds, and then suck them up with the vacuum attachment. Some machines shred the leaves into fine pieces, which can be added to the compost heap. Alternatively you can set your lawnmower on high adjustment and then use it to pick up the leaves.

An important part of every gardener’s tools is the hedge shear. To control wild growth, shape a bush, or cut a hedge into shape, you can either use a manual shear or purchase a more sophisticated electric or petrol-driven model. A lopper and telescopic branch pruner are also handy items for the thicker and unreachable branches. A chainsaw can make life easier on a plot or very large garden.

Two other useful appliances to have around the house and garden are the Garden Shredder/Chipper and a High Pressure Washer. Both these are multi-purpose machines. A shredder/chipper can be used to chop kitchen refuse like vegetables or garden clippings into fine pieces which can then be added to the compost heap for mulch.

High-pressure washers can be used to clean driveways and other paved areas, as well as to clean vehicles and walls. Detergents can be added and some models have adjustable settings for the spraying pressure.

Other ingredients you need to fill your garden shed with and make your garden beautiful include a good quality secateur for pruning, a fertilizer spreader, and a high-pressure sprayer for insecticides and other fluid type applications. When purchasing any of these, please make sure that the parts can be replaced e.g. blade on secateur, or nozzles on sprayer. Please ensure that these parts are available from where you purchased the item.

The final ingredient for this perfect recipe is a mixture of odd garden tools and accessories. No garden can do without a spade, fork, pick, general hand tools, hosepipe with hosereel and sprayers, and a wheelbarrow.

Lawnmower Clinic Pretoria belongs to the Lawnmower Association of South Africa, which represents a group of specialist dealers in lawn and garden products. Any of these accredited dealers can be contacted for free advice on all of the products necessary in your specific garden, information on safety precautions, as well as spare parts or repairs and service on these appliances.

Checklist

  • Lawnmower
  • Trimmer
  • Garden Vacuum/blower
  • Weelbarrow
  • Hose pipe
  • Hose attachments
  • Hand sprayer
  • Sprinkler
  • Spade
  • Fork
  • Rake
  • Shear
  • Secateur
  • Lopper
  • High pressure sprayer
  • Fertilizer spreader
  • Hose reel
  • Gloves
  • Hand pruning saw
  • Hand tools
  • Hedge shear(electric or petrol)
  • High pressure washer
  • Garden shredder/chipper
  • Border spade and fork.

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