Flymo A to Z of Gardening for First Time Buyers

Flymo A to Z of Gardening for First Time Buyers

The warmer months are finally here, giving you the perfect excuse to get out into your garden and get creative!

Gardening can sometimes be seen as a chore, and some of the lingo may come across as confusing… so the gardening experts at Flymo have pulled together an A to Z of gardening tips, tricks and jargon-busters to help you on your way!

Add a pop of colour – By introducing bright, vibrant colours through your choice of flowering plants, garden furniture and features, it will create the perfect summer vibe.

Boost your mood – Getting out in the garden at the end of a busy day can often bring many benefits including reducing stress levels and helping to improve mental fatigue.

Cutting height – This is the height at which you set the mower to allow a close cut, whilst also giving the grass enough length to grow. The mowing height ranges depending on grass type.

Design Adding a stripe to your lawn is relatively simple. All you need is a lawnmower with a rear roller. The colour of the stripes depends on how far you bend the blades of grass – the more you flatten the grass, the darker and more intense the colour is.

Excess foliage When trimming your hedges ensure you remove any excess foliage that may collect at the bottom as the damp, airless conditions can cause fungal diseases.

Fertiliser Fertilisers contain vital minerals that plants need in order to grow and stay healthy. Grass clippings that collect on the lawn after mowing can act as a natural fertiliser, replenishing missing nutrients. 

Gardening tools It’s important to remember that no two lawns or gardens are ever the same. Take into consideration the condition and size of your lawn and your gardening needs when choosing the best tool for the job.

Hover mowers – Floating on a cushion of air, hover mowers are lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, making them the ideal lawnmower for use on irregularly shaped gardens.

(First) Impressions If a front garden is the only outdoor space you have, then welcome visitors in style by adding fun flourishes and quirky accessories. A statement planter at the front door is a perfect way to ensure maximum impact with minimal effort.

Joint effort – Keeping on top of the garden can be a tough task, but is something that can be made more fun by sharing the various jobs with your other half, or even get the kids involved in simpler tasks.

Keep it tidy – Trying to keep your lawn clear of leaves and debris can be a constant battle. Objects that obstruct your lawn can prevent sunlight from reaching the grass, which is essential for healthy growth. The simple solution to this problem is opting for a leaf blower or garden vacuum that can help to speed up the task!

Lawn maintenanceRegular mowing and trimming of the lawn edges is the very minimum amount of work that should be done, alongside an occasional feed with a lawn fertiliser. During the summer months, you should look to cut your lawn roughly once a week depending on the weather.

Mulch – This is basically any type of material that can be spread or laid over the top of soil. It is used to retain moisture and prevent weeds from sprouting in the soil.

Never forget to clean your tools – The easiest time to clean your lawnmower is straight after mowing the lawn when the grass is still moist. Remove any dirt or debris from the underside of the mower to reduce possible damage to the blade in the future and wipe down the wheels and body with a damp cloth.

Overgrown can be game over Before cutting the lawn, it’s best to check for branches and stones as they can make their way into overgrown lawns, which could damage the lawnmower blades.

Pests – Limit the number of lawn pests, such as worms and ants, by collecting grass clippings every time you mow, clear away leaves and avoid excessive watering as all will attract the little critters.

Questions Instagram and other social media platforms are perfect for finding inspiration or answers to any gardening quibbles and queries you may have.

Robotic mowers – These are complete game changers – sit back and relax whilst your robotic mower does the job for you.

Scalping A term used when the lawn has been cut too short. If you’re trying your hand at mowing you should always follow the one third rule: never cut more than a third of the blade of grass in one go, as cutting more than this can stress the grass.

Terrariums – This interior trend is a fantastic way to turn your hand to gardening whether you have access to outdoor space or not. Plant and grow your own indoor jungle within a contemporary glass container, which will add a decorative touch to any room in your home.

Urban retreat – If you have a smaller garden due to living in or near a city, you may need lighter weight or more compact tools. Our Mighti-Mo 300 Li is a small but mighty wheeled lawnmower, which is quiet, easy to use and enables you to enjoy the freedom of cordless mowing. It can be easily folded and stored neatly, taking up minimal space.

Vertical gardening Free up your outdoor living space and take a vertical approach to gardening. A living wall will act as not only a focal point but also a welcome distraction from any missing planters and greenery on the ground.

Watering the lawn – There is no specific time to give your lawn a hose down, but moisture is more likely to soak into the grass, rather than evaporate, early in the morning or late in the evening.

X-Rated – You may have missed out on this year’s World Naked Gardening Day however you have plenty of time to get both you and your garden ready for 2018.

Yellow grass – There’s nothing worse than patches of yellow lurking in your vibrant green lawn. If it’s just the tips, don’t panic as replacing the blade on your lawnmower easily solves this. If the entire grass blade is yellow then it could be due to a variety of different reasons including excess heat drying it out, lack of required nutrients (eased by using fertilisers), leaking petrol from your lawnmower or simply scalping the lawn.

Zero extension cables needed Battling with cords and extension cables is a thing of the past, thanks to cordless mowers! Our cordless range includes hedge trimmers, grass trimmers and the new Mighti-Mo 300 Li lawnmower.

Will you be making the most of your garden this summer? Tweet us your proudest gardening moments @MillerHomesUK #Flymo

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