Hints & Tips
If you have a larger lawn and a lawn tractor or ride on now is the time to start work – as long as the surface is not too wet.
Work completed now on lawns will bear fruit when the grass really starts to grow in earnest – and in many parts of the country it has continued to grow all winter so far.
So here are five attachments to be towed behind your ride-on to ensure you have a perfect lawn next Spring and Summer.
First is the MD 40T Tow-Behind Dethatching Rake, a simple little machine to clear all the winter rubbish from the lawn.
Moss and dead grass as well as twigs and the odd leaf all combine to stop moisture and nutrients getting into the soil and keep the sun from doing its job.
Raking a large lawn by hand is really hard work and this machine will make life much easier. It has a working width of 102 cm and 20 spring tines and so can cover large areas effectively very quickly.
Heavy duty tyres ensure that the rake has a smooth passage across the lawn and there is a lever to lower the tines down, so that you can drive across paths without damaging either the surface or the tines.
You can place concrete blocks on the tray on the top if you want to penetrate the surface a little more deeply.
It is attached to the ride on by a pin hitch.
It costs £75, a good saving on the recommended retail price of £99.95. We deliver it free the next working day and there is a two years warranty from the makers.
Next is the MD 48T Tow-Behind Plug Aerator, a machine built for more serious aerating, the sort you often see used on golf courses and sports fields and are especially useful for clay soils.
This has a working width of 1.2 metres and 32 hollow coring tubes which penetrate the soil to a depth of 75 mm to remove small plugs of soil.
The tray at the back can take weight up 64.5 kg if the soil is very heavy or compacted. The coring points can be raised and lowered with a lever for when crossing paths.
It is attached to the ride-on with a hitch pin.
It costs £125, virtually half the maker’s recommended retail price and there is a two year warranty. Delivery the next working day is free.
As Spring approaches you will certainly need to apply fertilizers or treatments and this little spreader is perfect.
The MD 176T Towed Broadcast Spreader can hold up to 80 kg. The products drop on to a spinning plate which has a working width from three metres to 3.6 metres and is suitable for an area up to 4000 sq metres.
The hopper is made of polypropylene and the spreader plate is rust proofed. And the whole machine sits on a powder-coated steel frame to give it a longer life.
It has a lover to control the flow rate and is attached with a pin hitch.
The spreader is equally at home spreading ice melt and grit as well as garden fertilizers.
It costs £129, £120 less than the maker’s recommended retail price and has a two year warranty as well as free next working day delivery.
Sometimes more drastic treatment is needed to allow moisture into the soil and then you need this one, the Agri-Fab 40″ Curved Spike Type Aerator (45-0369).
This machine has 23 cm discs with 60 curved spikes which leave small slits in the surface down to a maximum depth of 7.5 cm.
The discs are made from galvanised steel and can be raised for moving around and the device attached to the lawn tractor by a pin hitch.
It costs £139, £60 less than the maker’s recommended retail price. It has a two year maker’s warranty and we deliver it free the next working day.
And finally a simple device to level out the lawn, the Agri-Fab 36″ Tow-Behind Lawn Roller (45-0268).
After the winter you will probably find the worms have been doing their work and the lawn will not look as neat and smooth as you would like and this roller is an ideal solution.
The drum is of polypropylene and 91 cm wide and when filled with water the total weight is 181 kg. When empty it weighs just 21 kg making it easy to store and mover around.
The maker’s recommended price is £199 and we have it for sale for £149. Free next working day delivery and a two year warranty are included.
We have a wide range of accessories for tractors for ensuring a healthy lawn list on these pages.
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