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Mastering the backyard: Lawn Maintenance Tools

Growing a decent looking lawn is harder than it looks. The best time to do some serious lawn maintenance is the start of Mowing the Lawnautumn, so you should brush up on garden advice and get all you’re tools hired out and prepared for September.

No doubt you’ve got the basics like a good rake and garden fork already, but to get that lawn in good condition you’ll need a few other tools you might not have lying around. Purchasing all the tools can be costly, but luckily you can hire tools and machinery easily.

Here’s a few you might want to hire to perfect your lawn this autumn:

Lawn Aerator – these guys help improve lawn drainage and reduce water drain off. Effectively you’ll be getting oxygen, water and nutrients into the lawn. You can get manual or electrical Aerators, ranging in prices and sizes depending on the size of your lawn

Scarifier – effectively, this does a similar job as a rake, but an awful lot quicker and more thorough! It basically removes any dead material that might be hanging around the base of your grass that could be clogging up your lawn.

Lawn Mower– These come in all shapes and sizes and the one you get will depend on the size of your lawn.Bag of leaves From the old-fashion, sweat-breaking manual lawnmower, to your basic rotary mower right up to your ride on mower – you’ll be able to find one for the job!

Leaf Blower / Sucker – If you’ve got a large yard, this could save you a lot of time and effort raking and removing leaves. Simply use them to either blow the leaves into one pile, or as a vacuum to remove leaves and other debris.

Get the right tools and put in some hard work and your lawn will repay you with healthy growth.


September 19, 2007 Posted by | Garden Tools, Tool Hire | Leave a comment

Party Time: Preparation tips for holding a great party!

As summer draws to a close this could be your last chance to make the most of the sun with an outdoor party. The brilliant thing about an outdoor party is less mess in the house and having more control over the party area. Here’s some preparation tips for holding a great party:

  1. Give people plenty of warning! To get the best turn out, people need a couple weeks notice – don’t leave it til the last day!
  2. Make it clear what the party is for! From a birthday, to a barbeque, your guests need tGarden Partyo know what they are expected to bring, and if you are catering or not – otherwise they’ll all turn up empty handed and you’ll have a lot of hungry and thirsty mouths to look after!
  3. Prepare your party area. Consider your guests and consider your lawn! You might want to hire some flooring that will protect your garden from being trampled and your high heeled-wearing guests from ‘sinking in’ to your lawn.
  4. Supply some food and drink! The amount of party food and drink you supply will of course depend on the type of party you hold, and the amount of guests. But even for the lowest maintenance of parties, you need to supply some light snacks (think dips, crackers, nuts), some heavier finger foods (think samosas, sushi, spring rolls) and some non-alcoholic drinks.
  5. Make sure you’ve got enough seats and chairs! Hire some foldable chairs that don’t take up much space – they’re easy to clear out if people start dancing and easy to bring out when your guests start looking a little worse for wear
  6. Don’t use your best china, glasses and cutlery! Consider hiring out a set for your guests. Not only is it a nice touch to have all your guests using matching plates and glassware, but you’ll also save yourself in having to try replace your favourite wine glass after Aunt Gladys has ‘one to many’ and sends it flying.

Hiring your party supplies can take the stress away from your organisation and make the aftermath of cleaning an awful lot easier for you.

September 5, 2007 Posted by | Events Advice, Hire ideas, Home tips | Leave a comment