Don't Let Your Lawn Let You Down

Don't Let Your Lawn Let You Down

13 November 2013

Keeping your lawn tidy helps sell your house

Keeping the garden under control is one of the most important things you can do to make a good impression. The good news is that it is quite possible to mow a lawn in winter. Ways to beat the weather and keep your lawn looking at its best include: 

  • Aim to mow the lawn when it's as dry as possible. That's easier than you might expect - two thirds of winter days are dry in London and as you move out across Essex, areas such as Colchester are among the driest in England
  • You can remove a surprising amount of water from the the lawn by dragging a hose over the grass if the weather has been wet
  • Remove any debris such as leaves and twigs
  • Use a higher blade height on the on the lawnmower; the aim is to tidy
  • Be very careful when turning the mower because you're more likely to damage the turf

The type of lawnmower you choose will have a big impact on the amount of time it takes to mow the lawn. A manual cylinder mower might be cheap and great for getting exercise at the weekend but it'll take much longer. Every hour counts when you're keeping a house looking its best for viewings so a powered lawnmower would be a wise investment. Research by the Telegraph suggested that a good garden can add up to 20 per cent to a home's value. If you've got a really big garden, a ride on mower could cut the time required to an eighth depending on how deep your pockets are.

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