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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There is an ever increasing demand for cheaper methods of heating the home over the last few years as the cost of oil and gas climbs higher and higher. This has increased the popularity of wood burners and open fires and, of course, burning logs is much more environmentally friendly so we can save the polar bears.

As a result the log splitter is becoming an essential machine for those households that have these installed in their homes. Now it is all very well doing the macho thing with an axe to show off the bulging, gleaming muscles, but it’s not that safe, especially for those of us who are accident prone and would end up burying an axe in their foot! So using a log splitter is the easy and safest option to split timber. There is an array...

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Many gardeners view winter as a time to hang up their gloves and wait for the more fertile months of spring before tending to their lawns again - a period of rest, if you will, that leaves additional time for festive preparations within the home or larger, structural, projects around the garden.

There’s actually quite a lot of lawn work to be done in the winter months though, particularly if you want to enjoy a lush and verdant lawn come April. While it’s true that grass grows much slower in cold conditions, and generally requires less hands-on maintenance, there is plenty of evidence to show that the occasional trim can really improve the overall health and resilience of most grasses, and there’s also tasks like clearing, feeding and aerati...

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Lawn mowers are tough pieces of machinery, but that certainly doesn’t mean they don’t need some TLC every now and again to keep them running in tip-top condition. Quality mowers will keep going for years if they’re looked after, so we’ve put together this handy guide to help you get the most out of what’s probably your most-used piece of garden machinery.

This guide has been broken down into three sections for your convenience. The first section deals with parts that you’ll find on almost all lawn mowers, and then you’ll find two other sections that cover electric and petrol mowers respectively.

General Mower Maintenance

Whether they’re push-driven, petrol powered or electric, most lawn mowers have a few common parts that require regular maint...

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December Gardening Jobs

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Autumn can be a tiresome time when it comes to gardening - you’ll no doubt have spent the last few weeks trying to keep on top of all the leaves and debris that seems to fill the garden at this time of year. Blowing, sweeping and collecting can be back-breaking work, even with the Green Reaper’s arsenal of machinery at hand. The good news is that winter is naturally a quieter time for the avid gardener, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there are no jobs to do.

Soil Digging

As lawn experts, we’re always keen to explain the benefits of having great soil for your lawn to thrive on, but this goes for your flower beds and other areas too. One of the best ways of ensuring that next year’s plants grow to their potential is to dig your soil. This i...

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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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The depths of winter can be one of the most demanding times of year for your garden. There are heavy frosts, powerful winds, and potentially torrential precipitation that can wreak havoc on your carefully tended garden. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the ways in which you can take preventative measures to ensure that your garden (plants, trees and your lawn more specifically) arrives into spring relatively unscathed.

Plants

Frost is particularly unwelcome for those who enjoy more delicate flowers, but it’s a problem for many different varieties of plant, so most gardeners will need to pay attention to this section. It’s worth noting at this stage that some plants react differently to frosts than others. On the one hand...

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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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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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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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