On the 1st May our company organised the presentation to the winner of the 2014 Briggs & Stratton Britain’s Best Lawn. They were Paul and Christine Davies who live on the Wirral in Cheshire. Their prize was an ATCO cylinder lawnmower powered, of course, by a Briggs & Stratton petrol engine.
Bill Reitman, the European managing director of Briggs & Stratton flew over from his office in Switzerland to make the presentation in Paul and Christine’s delightful garden and lawns.
In his address Paul talked about his top tips for having an excellent lawn and he made the point that regular mowing, regular feeding and scarifying are the main keys to success. As soon as I got back home in Staffordshire I was horrified at the condition of the lawn in the front of the house. We live out in the country and have quite a lot of grass which is mown, by me, each weekend.
But the main lawn, the horror spot, is something like 40m by 15m and, due to the build-up of moss and thatch, is like walking on a sponge bed. As a major part of our Paskett Public Relations business is involved in lawn care, I immediately felt very guilty. I do have a Briggs & Stratton powered scarifier so, over the weekend, I powered up the machine (for the first time in at least four years!) and set to work.
I could not believe the amount of dead moss and rubbish the tines of my machine brought out. I decided to scarify it diagonally and after two hours work my lawn was covered in about half a meter of rubbish.
So four hours and 23 black bags later, it was clear and ready for a dressing of spring feed, weed and moss-killer. That took another hour so a total of seven hours work. We have sufficient space to unload the 23 black bags, the content of which will eventually rot down and be mixed with our grass cuttings and used as a top dressing in the garden.
The result? Frankly, the lawns looks dreadful but will, I know, improve and, with some regular TLC, be a lovely feature of the garden. I shall report back later in the season on progress.