Where’s the great British summer?!

It may only just be the start of August but some days recently have felt like autumn is on its way. With that in mind perhaps it’s not too early to start considering your autumn clean up regime.

Here at Billy Goat autumn clean up is our speciality! It’s when we really get to show off the power of our vacuums and blowers!

The first step is to use a force blower to gather the debris into one area. Start in the corners, blowing towards the centre of the lawn/area, and work inwards, doing one section at a time. A top tip is to work with the breeze, not against it! Use it to your advantage to help make the job even quicker.

Wheeled Force Blowers from Billy Goat aren’t just versatile and powerful, they are also light and the quietest leaf/debris blowers on the market. They are self-propelled with reliable engines, so there is no need to push which will increase your productivity. The range of blowers from Billy Goat contains models of many different size with varying force to suit all requirements – all the way up to the ultimate F18 which has an air velocity of 200mph!

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Once you have used your force blower to gather the debris, the next step is to remove it. For this you will require a vacuum for suction and to save hand collection. Once again, Billy Goat has solutions for all needs and property sizes.

The wheeled, lightweight Little Billy is perfect for domestic and residential applications. At 51cm/20” wide it is designed for small gardens, yet with a wide nozzle it provides superior suction. It also has an easy height adjustment and felt bag with 105litre collection capacity making it the perfect partner for domestic gardeners wanting to increase their efficiency.

Also designed for the domestic and residential market is the KV Series, however these models are also suitable for small commercial applications. With a width of 69cm/27” and a 5 blade impeller with serrated edges, the KV Series maximises suction and tackles debris with ease. They are also available with an on-board 5cm/2” chipper to add clearing branches to your list of autumn clean up jobs.

On the industrial and professional side, Billy Goat produce the MV Series that are ideal for larger properties, commercial sites, streets, councils and festivals – you name it, Billy Goat’s MV series has it covered! With a width of 74cm/29”width, MV Series models pick up can, litter, bottles and other debris with complete ease and wolfs down rubbish. Prices of these heavy duty leaf/little vacuums start from £1750 inc. VAT.

A final addition to the extensive Billy Goat vacuum range are the unique QuietVac™s – the world’s quietest vacuum. If noise is a concern for you, then look no more. The QuietVacs’ filtration system reduces dust in dry conditions without compromising on suction power. This means that wide, vast commercial and industrial areas as well as large estates can be cleaned up with minimal effort by these heavy duty machines. At 84cm/ 33” wide, the QuietVac™s are Billy Goat’s widest vacuums. Prices start from £1799.99 inc. VAT.

Don’t just take our word for it though, click here to see the Billy Goat’s in action to help decide what’s best.

 

Beat the brush!

When a grass strimmer or lawnmower just won’t cut it, Billy Goat is on hand with its range of brushcutters that will help clear overgrown areas with ease!

This is never more true than of this time of year. In July, everything is growing and keeping on top of everything can seem an endless job! If you’re looking for equipment that can assist you with clearance tasks in no time, then Billy Goat brushcutters provide an efficient solution to help free up your time!

Maintaining large areas of grass is a big commitment so you will no doubt welcome a solution that provides a fast, reliable alternative to removing unwanted items. The best thing needed to tackle these patches of tall grass and brambles is power. Brushcutters from Billy Goat certainly have that. Brushcutter lawnmowers provide a simple way to tackle wild areas of grass with ease and speed. They can plough through overgrowth and weeds, even cutting through branches and tackle challenges up to six feet high, including saplings up to two inches diameter.

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With more power, than a handheld brushcutter, as well as heavy duty blades, Billy’s Goat brushcutters can tidy areas and are more durable for long-term, extensive usage on larger plots.

Here are Billy Goat’s top tops for using brushcutters:

  • Choose your equipment based on your requirements. It might sound simple but brushcutters are powerful pieces of machinery with varying features and capabilities so make sure you choose the one most suited for your application
  • Just got for it! Don’t be anxious when using a brushcutter for the first time, Billy Goat brushcutters “eat up” overgrowth so make you feed them well!
  • Be comfortable – let the machine take the strain so you don’t have to. To help with this, Billy Goat brushcutters have padded handles. Make sure they are well positioned before you set off
  • Make sure that you keep your brushcutter in excellent condition by visiting your local dealer for regular servicing, like you should with all garden equipment!

The Billy Goat range of land clearing equipment is available nationwide through Henton and Chattell’s dealer network. For more information and to see videos demonstrating their performance visit www.billygoat.co.uk

 

Get some grounds inspiration this summer!

Here at Billy Goat we know the hard work that goes into maintaining estates and vast areas of land. This month, we want to celebrate that work and highlight some of the best sites in the country.

The National Trust owns and looks after 618,000 acres of land across the UK – no mean feat! The reason it does this? To preserve the countryside whilst bringing pleasure to the public.

With a long summer hopefully ahead of us you may be looking for some fun days out in the great outdoors so here we recommend our favourite National Trust gardens that you can explore this summer – either for a break to relax or perhaps for inspiration!

Dyffryn, Vale of Glamorgana Grade I listed site with formal lawns, an extensive arboretum that is home to trees from all over the world, and smaller garden rooms for visitors to relax in. It also has a fantastic array of cacti and orchids that are well worth a visit!

Hidcote, GloucestershireA series of outdoor rooms, each with its own character. Highlights include a maze and the secret gardens. The gardens at Hidcote are deliberately designed with the formal style relaxing the further away from the house you go!

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire – A World Heritage Site with break-taking views and stunning ornamental lakes. Visit the Cistercian Abbey, the elegant Georgian water garden and the medieval deer park.

Nymans, West SussexNymans hosts a historic plant collection and a series of very unusual plantings. It has extensive, yet intimate, gardens set around a wonderful house and ruins. Discover hidden corners through stone archways, tree-lined avenues among lush green countryside.

Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire – Take a tour of the world at Biddulph! The gardens are all themed around a different country from Italian landscaping to Egyptian tunnels and a stunning Chinese watchtower, as well as the Himalayan Glen.

 Ickworth, Suffolk – “A Georgian Italianate palace in an idyllic English landscape”. Ickworth occupies miles of park and woodland, among the grounds are an 18th Century walled gardens and a magical summer house.

Claremont, Surrey –  Claremont is an oasis of trees and shrubs. It has always been somewhere to escape everyday life and enjoy the simple pleasures with family and friends. Its Thatched Cottage and Belvedere Tower provide entertainment with the opportunity to climb the tower for stunning views across the surrounding countryside.

Sizergh, Cumbria – Located in a beautiful spot on the edge of the Lake District, Sizergh sits in a natural setting and boasts stunning kitchen gardens and an orchard. It has a medieval house that stands at the gateway to the Lake District. Its beautiful garden includes a pond, lake and a natural collection of hardy ferns.

Mount Stewart, County Down – A neo-classical house and perhaps one of the National Trust’s most unusual gardens. It has formal displays, shamrock gardens, and a Lily Wood. The formal areas have a distinctive Mediterranean feel, resembling an Italian villa landscape and the wooded areas support a range of plants from all over the world.

 

Make landscaping a breeze!

Landscaping a large area of turf can often be a daunting thought. Lifting turf manually may seem arduous and strenuous, but Billy Goat has a solution with its sod cutter.

A sod cutter from Billy Goat makes lifting turf easy, particularly for those with larger areas to clear. It inserts its blade up to 2.5” deep into the grass and cuts the sod from underneath the root to expose bare ground, it then makes a horizontal cut to allow the turf to be removed in strips.

Comfortable and easy to use, the Billy Goat SC180H sod cutter offers excellent manoeuvrability with variable ground speeds, as well as forward and reverse options that make it ideal for novices and professionals alike. It has an 18” working width, hydrostatic drive and is powered by a Honda petrol engine.

Billy Goat SC180H Sod Cutter

Featuring Billy Goat’s unique “Set and Forget”™ blade depth adjustment, the SC180H allows for cut heights can be set with a single lever, lifting turf effortlessly.

A wide selection of cutting blades and blade angles allows users to quickly adapt to varying soil conditions and easy depth adjustment helps to efficiently select a cutting depth. The cutter also boasts the fastest transport speed on the market running at a speedy 3.5mph, making work fast and efficient.

With its list of features, the reliable and comfortable to use Billy Goat sod cutter will take the strain from landscaping.

Billy Goat products are exclusively available in the UK through Henton & Chattell dealers nationwide.

 

See for yourself how Billy Goat tackles really tough jobs at www.billygoat.co.uk.

Promote spring growth!

With spring now upon us everyone wants to be getting outdoors and to help get turf looking its best, Billy Goat is on hand with its Plugr range of aerators.

The colder months can have a significant impact on turf and, if not looked after properly, grounds could struggle now spring is here.

Our range of Plugr aerators offer the perfect solution to promoting spring growth and can improve drainage and encourage new growth by making holes throughout the turf that allow air circulation through the roots. The results being healthy grass growth and stronger turf!

 

The Plugr aerator range consists of four products. These are the PL1800 (with either a 205cc Briggs & Stratton engine, or an 118cc Honda engine), or the PL2500 (with a 163cc Honda engine, or a 196cc Honda/Hydro Drive).

The PL1800 has an 18” working width, along with four tines and weighs just 109kg. It is ideal for smaller properties or rental scenarios, and places cores 2.75” deep and aerates 22,000 square feet per hour. It has an easy folding handle that allows for compact use, transportation and storage.

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The PL2500 is perhaps suited for more intense usage. It has a 25” working width and eight reciprocating cam driven tines that punch to core depths of 2.75”. It can deliver aeration to up to 42,500 square feet per hour. Prices of the Plugr aerators start from £1999.99 including VAT.

 

Take control of that unruly moss

Spring can bring with it reminders of pastures greener, but to get to them it can take some hard work and determination, preparing your outdoor area for the months to come.

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March is the perfect time to give the lawn some well-deserved tender loving care. To make your life just that little bit easier, why not let Billy Goat help.

When inspecting your lawn for the first time this year, take control of those unruly moss patches, which can be caused by inadequate feeding. Moss can grow in a wide variety of conditions. The more suitable the conditions, however, does not always mean more moss, because lawn care practices can have the greater influence. You can take control on the growth of moss on your lawn, as when the grass thrives, the moss will not get a chance to grow. It is only when environmental conditions turn against the grass, such as permanent shade or mowing abuse, that the grass will start to weaken, allowing the moss to take over.

If you start to notice bald patches in your lawn or patches where the grass is beginning to thin, why not try overseeing. Overseeding is the process of planting new grass seed to fill in areas of thinning turf. It is also a great way of improving the density of your lawn and re-enhance a vibrant colour. This is not a new practice and has been used for many, many years. This will not only improve the health of your lawn, but also fend off the intrusion of those unsightly weeds. Overseeding a lawn allows the introduction of special blends of improved grass species that can effectively resist many unsightly lawn problems, especially moss. Billy Goat’s overseeder range features intuitive forward and reverse operator controls, helping to reduce the fatigue associated with pushing machinery.

The OS500 Series Push Overseeder reduces the need to replenish the 11.2kg capacity front mounted poly seed box, as it conserves seed with Billy Goat’s exclusive Auto Drop feature. This directs the machine to automatically start or stop seed drop with bale engagement. The heavy-duty bale controls both seed release and blade engagement; selecting the correct drop rate without all the guess work. The precise blade engagement also ensures there are slits cut in the ground of the right size and depth, allowing the seeds to get into the soil and under the roots of the lawn.

With a 162cc Honda engine and premier wheels and frame, the Billy Goat overseeder confidently offers reliable durability and longer outdoor life.

The OS552 also boasts optional flail or spring tine reels, allowing easy conversion to a power rake. Thus making this an extremely versatile machine, and consequently a worthwhile investment. The OS552 can be used all year round, power raking in the spring and overseeding when required.

For more information on the overseeder range or to browse other Billy Goat products, please visit the website.

Make way for the new growth!!

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Winter can be the time of the year where the lawn is neglected, causing dead grass (known as thatch) to build-up, which restricts light and air from getting to the grass root. Scarifying is a very beneficial lawn treatment and rather than being considered as a remedial maintenance exercise every one to two years, you should consider this as a regular maintenance procedure. If not repeated regularly, it can lead to a downward spiral in the health of your lawn.

Billy Goat’s fantastic range of petrol powered lawn scarifiers manoeuvre effortlessly around both small and larger properties, removing matted thatch from any type of turf. The Billy Goat Power Rake (Scarifier), with its rugged design, can withstand the most demanding use. The PR550 comes standard with Honda or Briggs and Stratton power, which is also mounted to heavy-duty cast iron pillow block bearings, ensuring the most efficient and sturdy of performances.

As the rotation is down sweep, the flails propel the PR550 forward, making it self-propelled which reduces fatigue. For additional information on this product or to browse the other products in our range please visit our website.