The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


2 November 2014

Blowing before Mowing!!

This unseasonably warm weather has meant that not only are there  leaves to hoover up but that the grass is still growing - fast!!  I don't remember grass cutting being such a necessity at this time of year before.  The real pain is finding the time to do it when it's not sopping wet with dew.  I even resorted to going over the top lawn with the blower first, just to dry it!   I must say that it worked rather well and meant that wet grass didn't block the mower by sticking to everything. The lower lawn and orchard just seems a little too big for that!  Our lawns are that awkward in-between size - a little too small for the ride-on and a little too big for the walk-behind!  I have been using the ride-on on its highest setting for hoovering up the leaves - especially the tulip tree leaves which are the size of small cushion covers and it only takes a few to completely blanket the lawn obscuring all light.

I think my new tip is definitely run over wet grass with a blower if you're desperate to mow.  A case of blow then mow!

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