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When Should You Replace Your Lawn Mower?

If you start to have problems with your lawn mower, it can be a difficult decision to know whether to attempt to have it repaired or whether to pay out for a new model.

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The RHS suggest that in summer lawns should be mowed twice weekly on average, so a lawn mower needs to be maintained correctly if it’s going to be worked this hard. Firstly, let’s look at what you should be doing to keep your mower in good working order, because, as they say, prevention is better than cure.


Remove grass and other debris after use from the blades and underside. Clean spark plugs and ventilation slots.

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Check Electrics

Check cables for any defects and ensure connecting pins on batteries are clean.

Remove Petrol

At the end of the season remove petrol, as if it is left over winter, it can go stale and damage the engine.

Check Wheels and Bolts

Bolts can become loose over time, which could affect the functionality or cause serious damage.

Picking Up Problems

If you spot a problem quickly, you might be able to resolve it before it becomes too much of an issue or causes severe problems. Keep an eye, and ear, out for any of the following:

Inability to start

Vibrations coming from the lawnmower
Power cutting out during use
Blades not cutting efficiently

Repair or Replacement

The first step should be to check the user manual, which should have useful troubleshooting tips. Petrol-powered mowers have several parts which should be checked, including the carburettor, the air filter or spark plug. With electric mowers, check the power cable and fuse, as these are common causes of issues.

Often an old lawnmower can simply be repaired with replacement parts. This is particularly true for high-quality machines. For example, Briggs and Stratton parts are readily available, and you can click here for Briggs and Stratton parts online. You may be able to simply order the parts yourself to save your machine. For more complex issues, find a repair engineer to check the machine and rectify the issue.

If the part or the repair costs are more expensive than the machine, then clearly it may be a better option to purchase a new machine.

Different Types of Butterflies

Who loves it when they spot a Butterfly? One of nature’s most gorgeous creatures. Whilst most prefer to sit back and watch them fly around, others sadly make it their hobby to capture Butterflies and make them part of their collection. If you want to see Butterflies in your own backyard, you will want to take a look at this. Butterfly spotting is perfect for retirees who want to experience nature more; although if your garden isn’t big enough and doesn’t have flowers – it’s not very likely you will attract any butterflies at all. If you are planning on relocating for your retirement, why not check out Park Homes Wiltshire? Stunning retirement properties for the over 50’s; they are located in rural areas with plenty of plants and flowers to attract Butterflies – you can find out more here at http://www.parkhomelife.com/our-parks/blunsdon-abbey-park-homes-swindon-wiltshire/. 

The Green Hairstreak 

With a wingspan of 2.7-3.4cm, these are one of the smaller Butterfly species. The wings of a Green Hairstreak are completely green apart from the edges, which have a brownish, greyish colour. They spend most of their time perched on plants, as they are then easily camouflaged from predators. It will feast on a variety of plants such as Gorse and Broom. These gorgeous Butterflies are more commonly seen between the months of April – June.

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The Red Admiral 

This Butterfly can typically be seen in the months of January – December, so is one of the more common Butterfly species. They are much bigger, with a wingspan of 6.4-7.8cm, and they have a black body, as well as black wingtips, but also have splashes of red and white on them. Black spots can also be seen on the tips of their bottom wings. Red Admirals can typically be seen all around the UK. 

The Peacock Butterfly 

There is a reason that this Butterfly is called ‘The Peacock’, and that is because of its bright colours, and eye-catching patterns on its wings. It’s wingspan measures to an astonishing 6.3-7.5cm – so you will certainly not miss this one. The Peacock Butterfly can be seen between the months of January to December, but is more commonly seen around March-May time, and then again in the July – September months. The Peacock Butterfly feeds on buddleia and other typical garden flowers.

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The Swallowtail Butterfly 

This Butterfly is mostly yellow and black but also has hints of blue shades, and it also has a dot of orange on its back. It has been given the name ‘Swallowtail Butterfly’, as its bottom wings resemble the tail of a Swallow bird. Although this butterfly is rarer than other species, it is more commonly seen between the months of May – July. The Swallowtail has a wingspan of 7.6-9.3cm, making them one of the larger butterfly species.

A décor inspired by flowers

Florals are a quick way to achieve a colourful, vibrant room – here are some of the ways you can grow this décor idea without a suspicion of old-fashioned chintz.

Just the word ‘floral’ can have decorators shuddering with fear with those associations of blooms, stems and leafy patterns with chintzy cottage and twee settings, or out-of-date fussy boudoirs.

While it is true that some fans of flower-inspired designs are guilty of letting them spread through the house like a weed, but there are far more subtle and stylish ways to approach a green-fingered decoration.

Floral design has remained persistently popular and the trend continues for people to enjoy this nature-inspired decorating design in fresh, contemporary ways.

Recently, changes to designs use more than a mixture of flower and leaf shapes, so they are more reflective of nature, moving away from older designs that featured only one type of flower.

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Rose bouquets

Roses have always been a favourite flower, and they are the stars of this season’s fashion and decor. Great flowers, such as roses and dahlias, have been used throughout history in textile design, and this continues today. The trend of florals lends itself very well to ‘blowsy’ flowers such as roses, and they work very well as a motif.

Pick of the bunch

Think of your living room sofa like a beautiful window box. Just as you would dig up old plants, replacing dead or withered flowers, you can switch up cushions and accessories with this season’s floral picks giving new patterns, colours and an instant style lift.

Passion for pink

Plunge into pink and opt for sweet nuances or mature, sophisticated, clean-lined contemporary furniture. Layering up a different scale from floral pattern, from ditzy to large scale, in a palette of tonal colours, is a really interesting decor, especially when done using strong colours, such as pink to plum.

Garden florals, where there is a mix of flowers and plants together in one design, is something that should also see growth in the next season, as people love to bring nuance into their inner space.

Combining plain furniture with floral upholstery will not overpower the setting, and works especially well in small rooms. Floral-inspired and contemporary furniture can also include a modern iconic design like the Tulip Dining Table. Find your replica Tulip Dining Table at a site like Pash Classics.  It’s also easy to evoke a gentle country charm by introducing accessories like floral ceramic jugs in various sizes.

Florals are gathering pace in interior design, especially as spring and summer approach and they are a fantastic organic alternative to regimented geometric prints that have dominated décor for a while now.

Homeowners are getting bolder about incorporating bold patterns and colours, and dramatic, large blooms can really be effective in a neutral tone scheme. Consider a statement wall with tropical floral wallpaper which ramp up temperatures and be bang on trend as the interior goes hot and steamy for summer.

To introduce the trend of flowers and tie the scheme together, choose one or two main colours for the floral print. This will unify the room and prevent the display being too kitsch. Alternatively, a beautiful, large bouquet of flowers to take pride of place on the dining or coffee table, is a simple and affordable way to make a statement in any room.


Interesting Facts About Roses

Interesting Facts About Roses

At all times, roses won the hearts of people with the beauty and innocence hiding in each bud of these royal flowers. Gentle petals have long been personified with femininity, which is the subject of admiration of millions of men around the world. Not a single solemn event is complete without roses: passionate and pure, charming and enticing with the purity of their buds, these flowers will look organic not only as a present for any holiday but also as a symbol of attention given to a dead person. Read more

Delightful Bouquets: What Are They?

Delightful Bouquets: What Are They?

To congratulate a dear person with a significant date, we rush to the flower shop for a bouquet. But there are situations when just a beautiful flower ensemble will not work for a very solemn occasion. We try to create with the help of a florist something special – a delightful bouquet that can convey the whole range of feelings and emotions that overwhelm us. Read more

Fresh Flowers In The Bathroom

Fresh Flowers In The Bathroom

You can relax and unwind after a hard and troublesome day at work in nature, in a sauna, or just at home, wrapped in a blanket with a favorite book in your hands or a TV remote control. Many people like to just take a shower, lie down in a warm bathtub filled with fragrant foam. To make your stay even more comfortable and relaxing, you should take care not only of aroma oils, salts, and foams, which help relieve stress, tension, and fatigue but also about the interior of the room itself. Read more

How To Extend The Life Of Roses In A Vase?

How To Extend The Life Of Roses In A Vase?

Unfortunately, the myth that flowers presented with love will stand in a vase for an incomparably long time is far from reality. Often presented with pure flower bouquets wither in a couple of days. The reason for this is the greenhouse conditions in which roses are grown for sale. Getting into the homely atmosphere, they are simply not able to preserve their original beauty for a long time. It is possible to prolong the life of the donated plants by providing their usual flora. Read more

How To Propagate The Orchid?

How To Propagate The Orchid?

Home-grown orchids are incredibly beautiful and noble plants. You can verify this by simply looking at the photo. Their long and lush flowering makes you wonder how to propagate an orchid at home and enjoy its beauty all the time. This requires a specific, but very simple care, which can be mastered even by novice florists. Read more

How To Choose A Bouquet For A Wedding Anniversary?

How To Choose A Bouquet For A Wedding Anniversary?

As they say, a wedding without flowers is not a wedding. And you cannot argue with that. It is also difficult to imagine the subsequent married life without flowers: birthdays, anniversaries and just holidays for no reason – not a single celebration will do without a luxurious bouquet of flowers. Read more

What Flowers Are Suitable For The Winter Bouquet Of The Bride?

What Are The Most Fashionable Bouquets In 2018?

Winter is a time of wonder and fulfillment of desires. Christmas tree, Santa Claus and Snow Maiden, snow, frost and patterns on the windows impose a special imprint on the subject of a wedding in the winter. Winter makes some demands on the plants that make up the bridal bouquet. Cold air can turn a delicate and elegant flower ensemble into a faceless mass in just half an hour of being outside. Bridal bouquet in the winter – what flowers can make such a composition? Read more

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