Stay­ing in con­trol of your yard

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - WEEKENDSHOPPER - - CHAR­LOTTE DU­RUT

QUEENS­LAND’S wet sea­son may now be over but lawns across the state are still feel­ing the ef­fects of the re­cent rain, with grass grow­ing thick and fast.

For home own­ers keen to care for their gar­dens in this time of rapid growth, Week­end Shop­per in­cludes a sec­tion on Mow­ers and Trim­mers where peo­ple can buy hedge trim­mers, whip­per snip­pers, leaf blow­ers, and all kinds of mow­ers.

Lawn mower busi­nesses are also busier than ever with Ash Ward of The Mower Place ex­plain­ing the store’s work­shop was booked out for the next three weeks.

“While it’s im­por­tant for peo­ple to ser­vice their lawn mow­ers and gar­den care ma­chin­ery ev­ery year, it’s prob­a­bly best if they do this dur­ing win­ter so these items are then ready for the sum­mer wet sea­son,’’ he said.

Mr Ward said dur­ing sum­mer, lawns should be mown ev­ery week.

“We also rec­om­mend peo­ple stay safe while mow­ing and wear a solid pair of shoes and slip, slop, slap in hot weather,” he said.

“Some peo­ple like to wear ear muffs as well and if peo­ple are us­ing a whip­per snip­per, they should wear safety glasses.”

Mr Ward said while it was im­por­tant for peo­ple to con­sider the size of their lawn and their bud­get when buy­ing a mower, it was a good idea to con­sider a mower’s en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as well.

“There used to be plenty of twostroke and four-stroke mow­ers around, but two-stroke mow­ers have gone out of favour be­cause of their car­bon emis­sions,” he said.

“Four-stroke mow­ers are now more pop­u­lar as they re­quire no fuel mix­ing and can op­er­ate on un­leaded fuel.

“They are also eas­ier to start.”

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