Weed Out The Enemy and Reclaim The Garden For The Big Barbecue

Ok. I’m sure your garden isn’t quite as bad as all that, and who dumps an old car in their garden, but you get my drift? If you’ve let it go, this is a good time to get hold of it again.

Yesterday my fellow beer and garden enthusiast Mr Richard Roberts has hit the proverbial on the proverbial with his spot-on blog yesterday extolling the numerous virtues of a couple of super brushcutters, the Mitox 28 SK Kawasaki Brushcutter with Hedgetrimmer Attachment and the Einhell GH-BC Petrol Brushcutter + Free Kit, both great value, very popular and coming with a lot of extras, two bargains from our super Summer Sale that are well worth a look.

It’s truly that time of year, when we are genuinely thinking that cooking outdoors is a jolly good idea and the contents of your home gradually find their way outside as the garden becomes an external living area, another room, and not just a wet muddy scene watched miserably through a window. So if you have, perhaps been neglecting parts of your garden, as Dick mentioned yesterday, now is the time to do something about it.

What do you mean you’ve gone vegetarian?

After all, when you do hold that award winning barbecue, the event of the season, with the late afternoon sun beating down and ice cold beers glistening in a bucket of melting ice; with all your friends and family decorously attired and enjoying themselves, nibbling on perfectly cooked chicken, sausages that are deep brown not black and totally ignoring all the salads that you slaved over for two hours that morning, you don’t want to be gazing down the garden hoping no-one notices the overgrown nettle patch behind the greenhouse and the small but perfectly formed jungle that is now encroaching on your partners precious sunflowers.

So. There’s some work to be done there.  But it’s not just about cutting overgrowth, it’s so much more. So here are some jobs you might want to do before you buy that giant pack of chicken thighs and text all your mates.

  1. Get rid of the overgrown grass and weeds. I know I’ve already mentioned this but the very least you should do is get rid of those overgrown bits, and throw away all the rubbish you find in there, from abandoned cars to lumps of brick, and return all the children’s toys and bits of cutlery and crockery that are hiding in them to their rightful places.
  2. Give your lawn a trim. A beautiful lawn is a talking point and any neat lawn looks good and is pleasant to stand on. Plus the more level and flat it is, the more chance you can pop your glass down safely while you try to juggle your plate of ribs and potato salad and the plate  you are holding for your partner who has popped off to buy some more beers. You might want to water the garden too, but make sure you do that well in advance of the barbecue or those flip-flop wearers will get soggy ankles.
  3. Clean your decking, patio, paths. A stiff brush and some hot soapy water or, if you can get hold of one, a good quality pressure washer, will make your decking, patio or other hard surface areas sparkle and shine. Trust me, tit will make a huge difference to the feel of your outdoor space. And let’s be honest, no-one wants to eat a sausage while surrounded by bird droppings.
  4. Spruce up your garden furniture. Who wants to sit on dirty garden chairs in their best linen suit? Not me for a start. If you are having a smart barby then clean up the table, wipe down the chairs, wipe the guano off your parasol and make sure there are no splinters in the wood of your chairs. If your garden suite is made of iron, l check for rust and remove any with an old cloth or rag and just some water. This should work.
  5. Have a look at your hedges and shrubs. I’m not suggesting you attempt complex topiary trim your hedges or bushes into elaborate shapes, even though a
    I said give it a trim… not try and win a Turner prize!

    hedge shaped like a giant Pokemon is an interesting talking point. A gentle trim of your hedges, deciduous or evergreen, or your trees and bushes, will not harm them and will make everything look that bit neater, especially when you have tied balloons to your front hedge to let those friends of yours that have never been know its a party. Plus, if they are very high they will cut out some light so trim them back.

In terms of the important stuff, I think that’s about it. Oh, clean your barbecue. It’s not part of the garden but it’s quite important, especially if you didn’t do it after the last one, and now’s the time to get rid of those ancient grease stains.

Of course, if you want to really go to town you can buy new furniture, invest in outdoor lighting or even buy or make a proper big pizza oven (seriously a good friend of mine in Devon just did this). But those are mere details. If you just want it to look pleasant, the measures above will probably do.

So. There you have it. Time to get started. If you have a brushcutter, it’s time to whip it out.  If you haven’t, well, see the above blog or have a look at our fabulous full range of brushcutters, strimmers and line trimmers which will definitely have something to offer you.

As I mentioned in my blog last week, there are a number of practical dos and don’ts with brush cutting, clearing obstacles, checking for wildlife etc. Just take a look here and you can pick up some tips on brush cutting and preparing your garden.

And don’t forget, any help and advice you need about garden machinery, can be obtained easily by calling us on 0345 4588 905 and talking to our product advisors. They are friendly and really know their stuff…

“These guys were excellent and helpful” MR C.

“This company is the best I’ve ever dealt with. the lovely lady at the sales department went out of her way to find the exact model” SIMON

 Excellent friendly advice and service.”  GRIFF

Enjoy your garden.     Drew Hardy

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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