Why pay someone to landscape your garden when you could follow these easy do-it-yourself tips to save you a fortune.
It all starts with the health of your lawn. A well-maintained lawn is the easy way to make your garden more attractive.
Your lawn mower can only take you so far. To get the professional manicured look a contractor provides, you need a brushcutter. Cutting the grass around a tree, a fence or pathway can really improve the overall aesthetic appearance of your garden. Our recommendation is Honda’s most popular product, the UMS425 Bent Shaft Brushcutter, available now for just $329*. Yes, they sell more Honda Brushcutters than any Honda motorcycle, vehicle or outboard engine and once you use it you’ll know why. It starts first time every time and uses unleaded fuel so you’ll never have to mix oil and fuel again. This will make it easier to tidy up your garden.
Mowing your lawn the right way can dramatically change the overall appearance of your garden. We suggest mowing your lawn after the trimming has been done for a tidier process. If you cut your lawn too short it becomes susceptible to overgrowth and struggles to fight against disease and weeds. We recommend cutting it between 3-3.5 inches. The Honda HRU19K1 Buffalo Buck has a height adjustment so raising or lowering the blade is easy. This mower is our pick for the average residential block. It’s lightweight, offers a generous 19-inch cut and has a 60 litre catcher which means you’ll get around your yard with few stops. The Honda HRU19K1 Buffalo Buck is available for $799*
Simple mowing tips most people don’t know about:
- Never cut the grass when it’s wet. Grass will mat and leave clumps which can result in dead spots.
- Don’t cut your grass too short as it will dry out.
- Make sure your blade is sharp so it cuts the grass opposed to ripping it.
- Change the direction in which you mow. Mow vertically once then horizontally the next time you mow. This will allow the grass to grow straight.
Mulching enhances the health and growth of the turf by reducing evaporation of moisture from the lawn and keeping soil temperature cooler. The best way to do this is by using a mulching lawn mower. The clippings are cut into fine pieces that fall easily to the soil surface. There, they can be rapidly broken down by soil microorganisms, which release nutrients from the mulched plant material back into the soil. Mulching is great for the yard and also great for you as it saves you time and energy from having to empty the grass bag. Our recommendation has to be the Honda HRU19M1 Buffalo Buck which has a bag and a mulching function for whatever you decide. The Honda HRU19M1 Buffalo Buck is available for $839*
4. Brighten Up Your Life
Colour in a garden is welcoming and visually appealing. It can break up the monotony of greens and browns if done properly. Visit your local nursery and ask their advice on what plants would suit your climate, soil and lifestyle. Take some time to smell the roses but always remember to protect new leaves with a systemic fungicide.
Before you go out and buy a compost bin you may consider using a spot at the back of the yard. A good size is at least 1 cubic meter. You’ll need lots of grass, leaves, dead plants and some kitchen scraps like veggies, fruit peelings and egg shells. Turn the pile once every one or two weeks. Once you’ve let it cook, distribute it around your garden. It can be placed above the existing soil or mixed in. Not only is this an environmentally friendly way to get rid of natural waste, it will slowly release nutrients into the soil, making your yard healthier and encourages growth.
So this weekend get into your garden and try out some of these handy tips. It will really make an impact.
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*Savings based on RRP $899 for HRU19K1, RRP$939 for HRU19M1 and RRP $399 for UMS425. Offer ends 31/03/17 or while stocks last.