A decent greenhouse heater can make all the difference to your plants during midwinter to protect them from frost and ice. For a relatively cheap cost, you can get your hands on a fairly good greenhouse heater.

Of course, 'relatively cheaply' is different for us all and dependent upon your needs. If you only have a smallish area to heat within your greenhouse you can simply pick up a greenhouse heater for the job for less than £30. If you have a larger greenhouse or need a bit more humph, then the cost of a good greenhouse heater could run into the £100s. As you can see, you need to be fairly sure of what you require before dipping your hand in your pocket, else you can end up spending more than what you really need to.

Plastic greenhouses don't have excessive insulation levels and a lot of heat is lost through the plastic and so you'll certainly need a heater to replace what is lost. A paraffin or electric greenhouse heater is probably the best choice to use to replace that lost heat and to sustain the temperature you're looking for. It’s a good idea to try and find a greenhouse heater with a thermostat as part of the package as correctly controlling the temperature in your greenhouse is just as important as replacing the lost heat.

If I stick my neck on the line, I'd advise against a propane gas heater - certainly if you're just starting up - as you can spend quite an amount for a good model. Though, that's just a subjective opinion on my part and I certainly won't rule out a gas heater on the basis that it wasn't up for the job (and gas heaters have theoretically the lowest running costs). 

Another consideration before purchasing a greenhouse heater are the running costs. At the time of writing, the typical electricity cost per unit is in the region of 14p which means a 1000w heater will cost about 14p a hour (28p for a 2000w etc). A paraffin heater, though, could cost around double that for the same period. Then again, the benefit of a paraffin heater is that it holds its heat for a while after being switched off while an electrical heater loses its heat as soon as the off button is pressed.

My own individual first choice is an electrical glasshouse heater as I like the "cheaper now" option as I don't have avast budget and with the inbuilt thermostats on most products these days, I can keep the temperature within my own glasshouse just right, but don't let that put you off a paraffin or gas heater if your need or budget reaches that far - each option does an brilliant job of keeping the temperature of your greenhouse just right.

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In this article I will explain why a petrol lawnmower is better for your garden.

There are many different lawnmowers on the market, such as the McCulloch M40-450C, and they come in all shapes and sizes, colours, makes and models, and each have their own different feature depending on manufacturer.

Small and powerful lawnmowers are perfect for small to medium sized lawns, manoeuvrable petrol powered lawnmower are a joy to use. Precision cutting and classic stripes can be achieved with ease. Depending on the make and model, expensive petrol lawnmowers provide many exciting features to give you real assistance in the garden.

When it comes to looking at lawnmowers, you need to be aware that they all come with features that are unique to certain manufacturers, such as keyless starting and makes of engine used. Cheap budget lawnmowers are not ideal for any lawn.

Petrol lawnmowers should always be considered, they are more versatile and you don't have to worry about dragging a cable around with you everywhere. They give the extra power you need to get into those awkward places. Petrol canisters will need to be stored somewhere, but you will be surprised how far you can get on just one tank full.

Electric lawnmowers are slightly more hazardous, having a trailing cable behind you can cause an accident, especially when the grass is wet, limiting you to certain times when the lawn can actually be mown.

Features to consider:

Easily adjustable cutting blades control the ride height over the grass, rough areas can also be cut with no added effort.
A split differential ribbed rear roller gives good output, easy turning and a perfectly striped finish.

A tough ABS under deck liner for enhanced cut and collect performance, easy cleaning and reduced noise.

OPC (Operator Presence Control) for safe operation.

Variable ground speed options enable the user a mow at various speeds to suit different conditions and operator preferences.

In general, cheap lawnmowers do not have all the important features, unlike the high quality petrol counterparts. You have to be extra careful with a trailing cable behind you, and are more likely to break down when using on a larger grass area.
The preferred choice for any garden should be a petrol based cylinder lawnmower, you can pretty much do what you like with the mower, and you can achieve wonderful looking striped gardens to impress the neighbours!

 

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Keeping your mower in the best possible condition requires you to follow some very basic steps - certainly so if you have one of the cheap mowers that are available. Here is a checklist of the top 10 things you can do in order to keep your lawnmower functioning to its full potential.

1. Fuel: Make sure your lawnmower has plenty of petrol before you begin cutting your lawn. There's nothing worse than running out and leaving your garden half complete. When filling your lawnmower, always make sure the funnel you use is clean and dry so you don't put any unwanted nasties into your machine. Be careful how much petrol you put in your mower. You don't want to leave unused petrol in your fuel tank longer than 30 days.

2. Blades: Dull blades result in a poorly cut lawn. For safety purposes, you must remove blades from the machine when sharpening, but for best results we recommend you seek the assistance of a professional. It is important to ensure that blades are sharpened evenly, otherwise you could end up with an uneven cut that you may struggle to level out.

3. Cleaning: Dirt and grass build up can cause your lawnmower to become damaged or stop it from cutting as effectively as it should. To get the best of your mower you must clean in and around the blades as well as make sure any moving part is free from clogged dirt, debris or anything that could cause rust. When cleaning under the mower deck make sure that the spark wire has been disconnected from the spark plug for safety, and always make sure the machine is switched off and cannot be started when coming into contact with blades etc. You can use soap and water to clean away heavy grass and mud build up.

4. Spark Plugs: Consult your manual for guidelines about spark plug care. Many experts recommend that you change your spark plugs every 100-120 hours of operation, but this figure all depends on the size of your mower.

5. Air Filters: Dirty air filters can cause your engine to become damaged and can cause several faults when trying to run your mower. Once again, for guidelines about air filter care please consult your manual. Air filters are simple to replace and must be replaced regularly.

6. Engine Oil: Just like a car, engine oil must be drained and refilled at regular intervals. Your manual will tell you exactly the kind of engine oil your lawnmower requires. To ensure that your lawnmower has a longer lifespan it is important that you change your oil regularly and use the same type of oil each time you refill.

7. Belts: Ensure that your belts are regularly maintained. With the engine off, check that they are free from excess slack. It is quite common for belts to get tangled with mud, grass and debris. Ignoring this will cause your engine to become damaged. If your belts are becoming clogged, switch the engine off and remove the obstruction before continuing. Be careful not to burn yourself if your engine has been running for a long period of time.

8. Cleaning Engine: It is important to make sure any air vents are left uncovered. Make sure you regularly clean dirt and debris from the air screen and cylinder fins.

9. Storage: Lawnmowers are an expensive piece of kit that should be treated with respect. Ensuring that they stay dry and are stored in a safe place should be a key priority in terms of prolonging their lifespan.

10. Tyres, wheels, rollers: No matter what your mower uses, make sure that its tyres, wheels and rollers are well cared for otherwise you will encounter problems directing your mower.

 

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