Don't Waste It - Shred It!

12/09/2018 13:58

As parts of the UK continue to enjoy an Indian summer this year, there is no excuse for not getting out in the garden for a final clear up before autumn arrives. Before the leaves start to fall, now is a great time to tidy all those bushes and borders in your garden.

The scene that follows however can be a large pile of stems and prunings from your shrubs that need to be dealt with. You now have a choice; do you bag it up for the "green collection" which can be time-consuming and also like throwing money away. Alternatively, by investing in a garden shredder, you can reduce your valuable garden waste in size, recycle it and reuse it around the garden. Not only will you be tidying up, you will also be adding to that all important special ingr...

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Comments | Posted in Leaves & Hedges By Sid Scythe

Although some areas have seen the rain return in short bursts of late, your lawn is probably still looking worse for wear after the prolonged dry spell. During extended periods with no rainfall, turf grasses turn brown and stop growing. On the bright side, this often appears worse than it actually is, and the lawn will usually recover quickly with renewed precipitation. It would take a severe drought to completely kill off the lawn.

During dry weather, we recommend you treat your lawn to special care measures. Deprived of water and particularly when the top 10cm (4") of soil dries out, lawn grasses may stop growing and begin to brown. Most likely to suffer are ornamental lawns of the fine, bent-type grasses, whilst general garden lawns conta...

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Comments | Posted in Lawn Care & Grass Cutting By Sid Scythe

Suitable for topiary and general gardening, a hedge trimmer from Efco will give the perfect result thanks to the cleanest of cutting actions.  These machines feature excellent blend of power and ease of handling and operation; tools anyone can use, young or old, beginner or expert.  Efco's quality blades are guaranteed to give a clean cut, indispensible both for the visual end result and for the health of the plant.

Guide to Hedge Trimmer Selection  

For tending and cutting hedges with small trunks located near to houses, even in spaces where access may be difficult, the best option is an electric hedge trimmer rated 600 or 700 watts, guaranteeing agility, easy handling and minimal noise.  Alternatively, professional hedge trimmers are just w...

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Comments | Posted in Leaves & Hedges By Sid Scythe

Pruning - A Guide

03/08/2018 15:43

There are no essential skills when it comes to gardening - all you truly need is a patch of soil and some enthusiasm, but there are some that will help make your endeavours that bit more fruitful, and one of them is pruning. The main reason behind this is that there are lots of different reasons that you might want to prune a plant, and there are many common plants that benefit from it. If you know what you’re doing, your skills will go a long way to getting the best out of your garden and the plants in it. Let’s take a look at things in detail.

Why Prune?

In short, pruning involves selectively removing bits of a plant. This might mean snipping off a few leaves from a bonzai, or even cutting off the branches from a fully grown tree. Broadly, ...

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Comments | Posted in Hints and Tips By Sid Scythe

Few gardening jobs leave you with the same satisfaction as a beautifully cut, perfectly striped lawn. If it's something you've always wanted to try, but you're not sure how it works, then you're in the right place! Here at the Green Reaper we're the experts in all things lawn related, so follow our guide to create the perfect piece of garden artwork.

Getting Your Equipment Ready

First things first - equipment. Whether you're striping a compact back garden or a larger field, you'll need a good quality mower. Sharp blades and a clean cut will mean your edges are neater, enhancing the overall effect, and it'll mean you get the job done faster too. Hover mowers are harder to use for striping, as it can be more difficult to keep them in a perfectl...

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Comments | Posted in Lawn Care & Grass Cutting By Sid Scythe

It’s generally held that healthy, vibrant grass needs equally healthy soil to flourish - soil that’s well-drained, nutrient-rich and packed with healthy microbes: Soil that has a good structure, that’s not too sandy, and that’s home to a thriving ecosystem.

A good pH level helps too, as does having the right balance of particulate matter, which plays a pivotal role in ensuring that grass roots can reach the pockets of air and water that they need to grow.

Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to change the composition of garden soil once a lawn is properly established. Most common methods of correcting structural and/or chemical issues involve digging in large amounts of organic matter, which would destroy grass roots and cause damage that far o...

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Comments | Posted in Lawn Care & Grass Cutting By Sid Scythe

Here at The Green Reaper, we’re big fans of being water-conscious, so we’ve put this guide together to help you figure out how to install and make best use of a water butt in your garden. These handy barrels can collect some of the thousands of litres of water that lands on your roof each and every year, which is perfect for watering the garden. They’re great when used in conjunction with our range of water trailers. This is especially useful in the run-up to summer where water might be a little scarce, and in certain parts of the UK, where a hosepipe ban is a very real prospect.

Choosing a Butt and Tap

Choosing a butt is a fairly straightforward job, but there are options for you to consider. As a general rule, the bigger the better, as a la...

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Comments | Posted in Hints and Tips By Sid Scythe

After the privations of winter, spring is a real boon for most lawns - the increased sunlight, and the sudden increase in heat gives cold- and warm-season grasses a new lease on life, and the lack of icy frosts encourages dormant plants of all kinds to burst back into life; growing thick and green where they were previously stunted and weak.

That doesn't mean you can just leave your lawn to grow though. Tempting as it might be to sit back and watch your garden spring to life, there are all sorts of important jobs that need to be taken care of if you want to enjoy a thick and well-developed lawn come summer. Some of these tasks will be all too familiar to the passionate gardener: moss removal, weed killing, and even mowing are perennial tasks...

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Comments | Posted in Lawn Care & Grass Cutting By Sid Scythe

It doesn't matter whether you’re planting out a vegetable garden, sowing a new lawn or planning a decorative border; taking some time to make sure that you prep the soil, and the space, that you intend to plant in will always be beneficial. Simple, straightforward tasks like turning your soil will help you to head off an awful lot of common problems further down the line, and taking the time to carry out more complicated processes, like rebalancing the pH of your soil, will pay dividends later on too -  when your plants are flourishing, vigorous and green.

Keeping track of beneficial soil prep can be complicated though; there’s a lot of work to be done, and it’s important that it’s carried out in the right order too. To help you, we’ve put t...

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Comments | Posted in Soil & Planting By Sid Scythe

Soil pH - A Guide

28/02/2018 15:04

When trying to determine the quality of soil, there are a great many aspects to consider - from its nutrient content right through to its physical composition. The pH level of your soil is also very important. pH is a measure of potential hydrogen, or, in layman’s terms, acidity, and the degree to which your soil could be considered acid or alkaline really does affect everything from the type of plants that will thrive in it, to the availability of magnesium, and other essential nutrients.

Unfortunately, a lot of people neglect to consider the pH of their soil when evaluating its suitability; working out which plants they want to grow come spring without pausing to consider whether or not their choices are ideally suited to their soil. This ...

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Comments | Posted in Soil & Planting By Sid Scythe