Neatly Does It with BLACK+DECKER

When looking after your lawn, remember that it is not a single organism but rather thousands of tiny little plants that all need your care. That means that you can’t fertilise inconsistently or water in patches  if you want a perfect lawn.

In terms of feeding, your lawn will need a dose of fertiliser every 6 weeks to look at its very best. Use a nitrogen-rich fertiliser, as nitrogen is an essential macronutrient for the health of leaves and vigorous growth. Remember to water after applying fertiliser or, if you don’t mind getting damp, fertilise in the rain or just before it rains – this is definitely the best time to do it!

Also don’t water your lawn too often or too lightly – this just encourages the lawn to produce more and shallower roots – you want strong, deep roots to make it tough and healthy, and more likely to survive periods of drought.

Now that your lawn is growing so fast that you can hear it if you stand still and concentrate, you need to keep it in check. Mowing regularly is the first step – mow as often as you can so that you only ever cut off a little bit at a time. You never want to cut off more than 1/3 of the length of the blades, or the plants will be stressed. Regular mowing reduces stress, but also helps to combat any leaves that might have got a foothold in your lawn.  

Trimming is another essential task at this time of the year, and that’s when the BLACK+DECKER POWERCOMMAND Easy Feed String Trimmer steps up to get the job done. With a powerful 18V 4.0Ah Lithium battery, it offers longer-lasting, fade-free power without the hassle of a cord. It is also lightweight but still delivers heavy-duty cutting power.

One area of a lawn that can be tiresome to control is the tendrils of grass escaping the lawn and growing in your garden beds. The BLACK+DECKER POWERCOMMAND Easy Feed String Trimmer has a brilliant innovation to tackle this job – a wheeled edging mode that lets you wheel the trimmer along the edge of your lawn, trimming as you go without battling to control the height of the cut!

The trimmer also offers a quick solution to trimming the surface of a lawn, with a 30cm cutting swath. It also has push-button feed of the trimming line, so that you don’t have to stop and start every time the line gets too short.

The trimmer has also been designed for big jobs, with Power Select Run Time Extender – you can increase the power for tough overgrown areas or reduce the power for lighter tasks to extend battery run time. Ingenious!

For added comfort, the BLACK+DECKER POWERCOMMAND Easy Feed String Trimmer has an easily adjustable second handle and telescopic tube for greater control and comfort, while the low overall weight (just 2.55kg) makes it a pleasure to use for as long as you need it.

Click here for more information on the BLACK+DECKER 18V POWERCONNECT range.

The Gardener