Cobra Garden Machinery believes that the true centrepiece for any garden is a lawn. This is why the Cobra range features more than 50 different varieties of lawnmower.
Cobra has a mower for every lawn type and gardener request. From large areas needing wider machines, to slopes and banks that call for increased manoeuvrability, Cobra has it covered. All with the option of different power sources from petrol to electric and also lithium-ion battery for a cordless alternative. The Cobra mower range features rear rollers, rotary and cylinder machines to suit all requirements.
Whilst regularly mowing is a key way to ensure healthy green grass, Cobra has some other simple steps that can be taken to ensure your lawn is at its best year on year.
Cobra’s rear roller machines will create a perfectly striped finish. Stripes are created by an alternating mowing direction that allows the roller to flatten the grass whilst it cuts – mow the lawn up and down with a roller mower to make the stripes.
To aid this, Cobra has this year launched two new rear rollers mowers featuring innovative engine technology. The two mowers are both self-propelled with a three-speed transmission and six height of cut settings, ranging from 17mm to 75mm to give the perfect finish throughout the season. They are both powered by Briggs & Stratton InStart engines, that enable them to start at the push of a button without recoil and the need to pull the petrol cord. The RM433SPBI has a 17” width, 150cc displacement and 50 litre grass bag capacity. The RM513SPBI is ideal for larger gardens with a 20” width, 70 litre grass bag capacity and 163cc displacement courtesy of its Briggs & Stratton 675IS InStart engine.
Whilst it might be tempting to start the season with a severe cut to remove all the length, the best way to keep the grass healthy it to be gentle and use a high cut setting. This protects the grass’ roots which will be soft and delicate after the winter. A short cut will weaken the grass and encourage weeds and moss problems. Cobra recommend regular cutting after the first mow, and gradually lower the height of the blade every week or every fortnight, depending on how quickly the lawn is growing. Cobra machines all feature easy to adjust settings to allow this.
Ultimately grass is a plant so needs lots of care, attention and feeding. It is important to protect and take care of its roots. The first step in this is ensuring that the roots get plenty of oxygen and that drainage is maximised. The best, and easiest, way to do this is by using a powered aerator that spikes the lawn, removing compaction and increasing air circulation.
Finally, Cobra recommends the use of a scarifier to remove dead grass and thatch build up which leads to an unsightly lawn. Thatch can prevent air and sunlight getting to the grass, which is turn causes more problems. A scarifier power rake gathers all the debris so only the healthy grass remains.
For further advice on lawncare, and to find the best products for the job, visit www.cobragarden.co.uk