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Autumn Lawn Care

After yet another searing summer, it’s now the season where we greet cooler evenings and begin to get ready for the cold winter. Your grass will be relieved as summers can be lengthy and challenging. But with winter comes its own set of challenges. So here are our tips on how to care for your lawn in autumn, before it goes dormant in winter.

Covid alert levels

How Jim’s Mowing is operating under COVID alert levels

With most of New Zealand entering spring 2021 in COVID Alert Level 2, with the exception of Auckland which is in Level 3, the team at Jim’s Mowing NZ want to reassure you that we are doing our best to keep our customers, you and your families, safe.

We understand that we all, as part of the team of 5 million people, must do everything we can to protect one another and eliminate COVID-19 from our communities. And where possible, our franchisees have had at least one vaccination shot.

So, if your lawn needs a mow or you want some work done on your garden, here’s what you can expect from our franchisees at Jim’s Mowing NZ.

Alert Level 4 – Lockdown

While in lockdown in Level 4, our franchisees will not be working. As recommended by the New Zealand government, our franchisees will be staying at home and only going out for food supplies or to get medical attention.

On those occasions where our franchisees do have to leave their household bubble, we will be wearing masks and keeping the 2-metre social distancing rule.

If you do contact us during Lockdown, our team will work our hardest to put you on a schedule to work with once the alert level is lowered.

Alert Level 3 – Restrict

While in Level 3 our Jim’s Mowing NZ franchisees can work and service requests from customers, which means that most of New Zealand can book our services as of September 2021. That said, it’s important to us that we protect our customers, particularly those who might be from more vulnerable communities.

You can expect our services under a Level 3 alert to look a little different. We will be keeping to the 2-metre social distancing rule, so will distance where we do have to communicate with you. Our franchisees will also be wearing masks and using contactless payment options where possible, to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Alert Level 2 – Reduce

Similar to Level 3, our Jim’s Mowing NZ franchisees will continue to work during Level 2, ensuring we wear masks, observe social distancing, and use contactless payment where possible. We will also be adhering to government advice both at work and at home.

Alert Level 1 – Prepare

With COVID still prevalent overseas, particularly with our neighbours in Australia, it’s up to all of us to continue to be prepared if another outbreak of COVID occurs. As such, like Level 2, our Jim’s Mowing NZ franchisees will continue to social distance, wear masks, and use contactless payment options where reasonable and possible during Level 1.

We care about the safety of our customers and their families, as well as the safety of our franchisees and their families, so you can rest assured that we’re doing our best to protect our communities in our professional and personal lives. Whether you’re in lockdown or not, feel free to give us a call on 0800 545 654 or contact us online and we’ll get out to you as soon as we safely can.

How to use a leaf blower like a PRO

Autumn has come and gone, which means many trees have now shed their leaves. While the leaves on the ground can be a different look (and sometimes fun to jump on, if you see a particularly crunchy-looking one!), many may wish to scoop them into a garden bed or dispose of the dead leaves. Dried leaves can be placed into a green bin, or added to your compost bin.

One way to clear leaves is to use a leaf blower. But leaf blowers aren’t just made for blowing leaves (despite what the name might suggest), these machines can also be used to dry wet surfaces and moving grass clippings. They’re pretty versatile pieces of equipment, which is why it can be handy to know how to use them!

There is more to leaf blowing than buying a machine, bringing it home, and turning it on. It’s important to consider safety precautions that need to happen, the time of day to use the leaf blower, and how to do so efficiently – just to name a few!

The internet has many video resources showing how to use a leaf blower – in fact, we have one ourselves – which could be helpful if you wish to learn the basics, check out our video below. If you would like additional help to keep your garden looking tidy, the team at Jim’s Mowing NZ provide complete Lawn Mowing and Garden Maintenance services throughout New Zealand.

In this article, we take a look at some additional tips and tricks regarding how to use a leaf blower, including how to efficiently move debris!

Using a leaf blower

Which blower to choose?

Before you begin on the job, you’ll need to pick out a blower. There are many different varieties of leaf blower on the market from smaller models through to large, powerful machines. There are Stihl leaf blowers, Ryobi leaf blowers, Husqvarna leaf blowers, plus blowers from many other brands. When it comes to choosing the best leaf blower for your needs, things to consider include how large the jobs you wish to tackle are, and how often you’re looking to use the machine. Be sure to do research into different brands and models, to find the type that is best for you!

Choose an appropriate time

While not everyone has the same work or sleeping schedule, choosing a time of day when most people are awake (and not trying to put their kids to sleep!) is a must when using a leaf blower at your residential property. Being woken up by a leaf blower isn’t the most peaceful way to start the day, so try to start work at a suitable time. If you want to take an extra step of consideration, think about knocking on your neighbours’ doors and asking them what times suit best for loud garden and housework.

Use safety gear

It is important to ensure you are equipped with proper protection when using a leaf blower. Before beginning the job, be sure to put on protective eyewear, filled-in shoes, gloves, ear protective equipment, and covered clothing. Make sure no loose clothing ties or strands of hair are flying about, and keep an eye out for where others are around you when doing the job. Ensuring you use these machines safely is imperative, so be sure you are stocked up on safety gear and protection before you begin!

Don’t rush in and start blowing the debris

While it can be exciting to get started, it’s best to not rush into it before thinking about the how. If you approach the item you wish to clear with too much force, you could find it blowing back and then having a bigger mess to have to clean up! What you want to do is start a bit further back, making sure to work around the debris you wish to move, and blow it into the spot you wish to move it to.

Decide where you want the debris to be moved to 

This may seem like an obvious tip, but it’s good to think about where you want your product to be moved to before you begin the process of clearing it. Are you looking to blow your leaves into a garden bed, or are you trying to make a pile so that it can be cleared more efficiently? Decide this before the job has started to avoid confusion (and the blowing of leaves back and forth in indecision!). Leaves can be a great addition to a compost bin, so don’t feel like they all need to end up in the garbage!

Don’t try to clear wet garden debris

Trying to clear wet debris just doesn’t work very well, so don’t think you’ll be popping outside to clear leaves away right after a rainstorm has passed! Wet and damp garden debris doesn’t much like to be blown around, making the task a lot harder (and more frustrating) for you. Wait until the debris has dried before attempting to clear it and it should easily be shifted.

We hope this article has been useful in showing some tips and tricks regarding how to use a leaf blower. Leaf blowers can make a great addition to your garden machinery, but it’s important to be informed (and well-protected) before you begin! If you would like to find out more about these machines and their uses, there are many great resources available on the web (and in books) explaining the process in more details. Good luck with your clearing!

6 Easy to Grow Food-Producing Plants

Many people love the idea of having a veggie patch in their yard, but the idea of getting started can seem daunting. While some fruits, vegetables and seeds can be tricky to grow for the inexperienced gardener, there are many out there that are relatively simple. We’ve outlined some to get you started on your food-growing journey.

How to look after your garden while you’re away

Whether it’s a few days up the coast or a few weeks overseas, it can be important to consider what will happen to your garden while you’re away on holiday. If you have lots of plants, flowers and veggies growing, one of the most important points to consider is how to ensure they are given enough water in your absence.

Below we have a couple of tips you can adopt to help ensure your garden is taken care of while you’re off relaxing on holiday!

Mulch

Mulch can be a great way of keeping water around your plants, and mulching before you leave on a short trip is one method of keeping plants healthy while you’re away. Mulch can also help to protect plants against invasive weeds, and boost the health of the soil over time. There are many different types of mulch that you can choose from. Some people choose to use leaves or wood from cut-back trees, while others may prefer grass clippings. Different varieties of mulch can also be purchased from your local nursery.

Mow the lawn

Before you leave, make sure your lawn is mown to ensure you don’t come back to a jungle! This is particularly important to remember for the summer months, when lawns can grow rapidly in a short period of time. Mowing the lawn and then spreading the clippings across the freshly-mowed turf can also help protect the grass while you’re away by giving it a helping hand to retain water. It might be tempting to cut the lawn short in an attempt to keep it manageable for longer, however, this can cause unnecessary stress to the grass and provide less protection against imposing weeds, so it’s best to keep it cut to a normal length.

Invest in a sprinkler timer

A sprinkler system with a timer can be a great way to ensure your garden gets a thorough watering while you’re away. Many timer systems allow for you to choose the day of the week you wish to water on, and the time and length of watering. This can be a great option for those who have plants that won’t be able to go without water for an extended amount of time. Be sure to check to make sure there are no water restrictions in place before implementing this plan, as sprinklers are often a no-no in states experiencing drought conditions.

Ask a friend, family member or neighbour to lend a helping hand

If you have someone close-by who is willing to help out with your garden while you’re away, then this can make things a lot easier. They might be happy to pop around each day (or as arranged) and give your garden ‘a watering’ and some love. You may even be able to set it up with somebody to take care of each other’s gardens, while each of you are on holiday, that way you will both know your garden is being cared for. it can also be a nice gesture to bring them back something small from your trip, to let them know you appreciate the help!

Ensuring your garden is taken care of while you’re on holiday doesn’t need to be stressful. Make sure everything is organised and sorted before you go, and you should be able to say “bon voyage” without a worry in your mind!


Need help?

Of course, don’t forget to contact your local Jim’s Mowing NZ expert! Call us now on 0800 454 654 or book online.