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Get ahead for autumn

It might feel a little early to be thinking about preparing for autumn already, but it’s worth thinking about how you’re going to tackle those seasonal jobs when September and October come around. Being prepared will mean you’re ready to embrace the change of the seasons and will mean you can relax on these last days of summer, knowing you’re organised.

Fall (or autumn as we Brits call it) is so-called because deciduous trees let go of their leaves. Those leaves need to be dealt with and here at Billy Goat have some hardworking solutions to make light work of the job! August is a great time to start thinking about which pieces of clean-up and debris collection machinery you need when autumn arrives.

When it comes to choosing the right piece of kit to help clean up your property and grounds, Billy Goat has plenty to offer, with solutions on a domestic and commercial scale. Our powerful land clearance machines are suitable for not only lawns and parks but also hard surfaces such as car parks, pavements and driveways to remove leaves, grass and debris. The machine you need depends on the area of land you’re taking care of, the level of debris and your budget. At Billy Goat, we’ve got something suitable for everyone and every space.

In autumn, debris collection and removal are the most common tasks. The best machine to use initially is a force blower. Billy Goat offers a range of force blowers, from manoeuvrable domestic blowers to robust commercial units to take on any task. The F6 Series is lightweight and easy to push, whereas the F13 and F18 Series are ideal for professional use. All of the blowers are self-propelled to reduce fatigue meaning you can get the job done faster.

Use the force blower to gather leaves and debris into one area. It’s easiest to start in the corners, blowing towards the centre of the area, working inwards. Try to work with, rather than against the direction of the wind.

After using a force blower to gather the debris, the next step is removal. Once again, Billy Goat has vacuum solutions for all needs and property sizes. Our vacuums feature powerful suction and easy operation and most are self-propelled. The light Little Billy is ideal for residential use at 51cm/20” wide. It features simple height adjustment and an 105litre collection capacity making it the perfect match for domestic gardeners.

The KV Series is built for smaller commercial jobs, with a width of 69cm/27” and a 5-blade impeller with serrated edges, it maximises suction and tackles debris with ease. They are also available with an integrated chipper, in case clearing branches is on your autumn maintenance list.

The MV and QV Series are ideal for larger properties and commercial sites, as well as streets and festivals. At 74cm/29” wide, these machines can pick up litter, bottles and other debris without a problem. These vacuums are fitted with durable front castors to suck up rubbish with ease and they are fitted with QUIETVAC™ for quieter operation too.

Whatever your autumn land care requirements, Billy Goat has the right tools to help you get the job done.

 

Gardens of inspiration to explore this summer

After months in lockdown, we’re excited to get outdoors and explore the grounds and gardens that are reopening after being closed throughout spring. As well as being the perfect day out for anyone interested in horticulture and gardening, exploring parks, gardens and stately grounds gives us inspiration and ideas we can take back home.
To help you plan the perfect day out, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite gardens that have reopened.

Alton Towers, Staffordshire

Alton Towers is of course best known as a theme park but did you know it has over 500 acres of stunning, landscaped gardens to explore as well?

The gardens at Alton Towers are open and ready to welcome back visitors. Tickets need to be pre-booked online as they are limiting visitor numbers, following coronavirus guidelines.
The elegant gardens that surround the theme park are full of imagination and variety – a treat for anybody who appreciates green-fingered creativity. These gardens were first created in the eighteenth century and visitors today can enjoy the mature trees and established flora of the garden as it was first imagined by the Earl of Shrewsbury.

A fine collection of statues and fountains can be found in the grounds, as well as magnificent conservatories and decorative fountains. Take a recommended walking route around the gardens to see all they have to offer and to make sure you get to all the best viewpoints.

National Trust Places

The National Trust has reopened many of its 200 gardens and parks now, some on a pre-booking basis, so do check before you go.

Here are three of the places that are open and some of our favourite gardens to visit at this time of year.

The gardens at Anglesey Abbey near Cambridge were designed so that a different area of the garden would flourish each season, so there is always something special to see when you visit, no matter the time of year. Gardeners, landscapers and groundspeople will appreciate the thoughtful design – there are tree-lined avenues and clever use of symmetry and circular shapes to draw the eye in the formal gardens. At this time of year, The Dahlia Garden is stunning, with a rainbow of colour sweeping around the border.

Cothele, in Cornwall, is another one of our favourite National Trust places to visit in the summer months. It boasts terraces planted with hydrangeas and roses, a stunning cut flower garden and lily pad-strewn ponds. Make sure to take a stroll around the orchard, under the shade of apple, pear and cherry trees.

Further north, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden are wonderful to visit. The water garden is unique and was granted World Heritage Status in 1986. The river Skell has been channelled into canals, cascades and ponds, creating a tranquil waterscape, surrounded by lush sweeping lawns.

RHS gardens

Four of the RHS gardens – Wisley, Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall and Rosemoor have reopened under a pre-booking system. Some areas within the gardens like glasshouses and play areas remain closed if it is difficult to maintain social distancing. The RHS shops and Plant Centres in these gardens have reopened too.

RHS Wisley is one of our favourites, with 240 acres of gardens it’s a true sight to behold and you can easily while away a day exploring. We aren’t the only ones – RHS Wisley is visited by 1.2 million people each year. The gardens are diverse with different planting and gardening styles at every turn. With a huge plant collection and over 100 years of gardening history, it has something for everyone and there’s something different to see every time to visit.

Explore from home

If you still prefer to stay at home, or if the great British weather hinders plans for days outdoors, you don’t have to miss out! The RHS are doing virtual tours of the four gardens they have reopened, so you can explore them from the comfort of your own sofa.

You can explore the flourishing Cottage Garden at Wisley, see the roses in bloom at Rosemoor’s Shrub Rose Garden or see the colourful foxgloves at Hyde Hall. The RHS has done a wonderful job of capturing their gardens, so you can immerse yourself in their inspiring beauty without leaving the house. There is something for everyone, whether you want to see unusual planting schemes, unique garden design or beautiful blooms!

With the guidelines changing regularly, make sure you check before you visit any garden, and book a visiting slot where required. Go and soak up some inspiration if you can – this time of year is perfect for enjoying these impressive, grand gardens.

The Debris Loaders are a must have this season!

Debris Loaders from Billy Goat take all the effort out of the job and help clear up in minutes. These machines have hoses that range in size from 20cm by 3 metres to 35cm by 3 metres, so they certainly have the capacity to lend maintenance teams a hand when it comes to cleaning up.

These machines also offer cost-effective benefits to the user. You will get through shredding and cutting debris quickly meaning you can get more into your truck and can spend less time and fuel taking it to your local tip. You save time and money!

Billy Goat debris loaders can be used for any size residential or commercial application and it is available in a variety of sizes with a wide range of features.

The entry level machine is the DL1301HEU with 13hp and a Honda engine – it is perfect for small to medium-sized jobs. Light weight and low overall cost, this unit reduces debris up to 12:1. The intake hose is the best in class with a clear poly helical soil so you can visually see if a blockage occurs, allowing a quick fix to take place.

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For increased power there is the DL1801V which has 18hp and a Briggs & Stratton engine. These units are ideal for mid to large property managers, contractors but also customers with very large gardens. These heavy-duty units feature CustomFit which allowes you to customise the loader to your truck. In addition, the units can be mounted in one of three ways: Tailgate mounted with optional hanger kit, truck with hitch mounted with the optional swing away hitch, or skid mounted to a trailer or truck. A clear coil also comes with this machine as standard to help avoid blockages.

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This machine can be upgraded to the DL1801VE which as an electric start – for quick and easy operation. All three of these models have four blades and eight cutting points to condense the rubbish it collects.

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The remaining two models in the range both have six blades and 12 cutting points to truly condense the waste. They are both recently new to the range and are the DL2900V and the DL3700V. Both machines have Briggs & Stratton Vanguard engine and boast of 29hp and 37hp respectively.

See for yourself how Billy Goat tackles really tough jobs on our website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revive your garden after winter

2018 was a tough year for our gardens and it seems like they haven’t fully recovered from the extreme weather conditions we faced last year. It’s time to try and rejuvenate our lawns and gardens in prep for spring!

Aerate

Before you plan to see your lawn the first task you must do is to aerate your lawn. For the best combination of productivity, operator comfort, superior aeration results, variable hole density and remarkably low maintenance in its class, consider our PL2500SPH 25″ / 64cm Hydro-Drive aerator. The unit can aerate up to 4.000m2 per hour.

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Repair the patches

If your lawn has patches it might be time to reseed which will bring the lawn back to life in the next couple of months. Billy’s Goat Series Push Overseeder conserves seed with Billy Goat’s exclusive Auto Drop feature by automatically starting or stopping seed drop with bale engagement. Capable of covering 13,000sq.ft/hr, this machine will make light work of any turf space!

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Lawncare

The frost can really damage the lawn and the build-up of thatch can restrict light, air and moisture from reaching the roots.

Scarifying is very beneficial lawn treatment which is most effective when done ‘little and often’, rather than when a thatch problem has been allowed to become troublesome.

Billy Goat’s 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 PR’s flails propel the machine forwards, making it self-propelled and minimizing fatigue for the user.

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General maintenance

Trying to keep a post-winter garden clear can be a relentless task with weekly raking to keep fallen leaves at bay. Leaf vacuums offer a powerful solution and can gather leaves in moments.

To tackle a big job like this, Billy Goat’s range of lawn and leaf vacuums are available for use in residential gardens, as well as any and all large-scale industrial, commercial and municipal clean-up projects. Self-propelled and designed for use on hard and soft surfaces, Billy Goat’s machines can pick up debris ranging from bottles, litter, branches and leaves.

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Billy Goat clears up the drive

Billy Goat clears up the drive

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A small woodland that had been felled and replanted can create the perfect conditions for dense undergrowth and can quickly become a massive challenge for beaters and dogs on any shoot.

To help face this challenge, our Billy Goat ground-clearing machines recently attended the White Hart Cover on Staffordshire’s Seighford pheasant syndicate to tackle its undergrowth.

The Billy Goat Outback Hydrostatic brushcutter cut a 26” wide swathe through undergrowth that, in places, is waist high and a mix of bramble, grasses, weed and unwanted self-sown saplings up to 5cm wide. It also easily coped with overgrown brush up to 2m high.

In just two hours the walk-behind machine cleared drives and spaces for feeders and achieved what would take a work-party of half a dozen guns and beaters a morning’s hard slog.

“The ground was virtually impenetrable but as soon as we fired up the machine and moved into the area it became immediately apparent that this was an incredibly powerful piece of equipment,” said Simon Keeling, the game keeper at Seighford.

“It simply cut through everything in its patch, never got stuck and when facing huge growths of bramble, we simply tilted the handled back to lift the front of the Billy Goat and lowered it down to remove everything to ground level,” he added.

The machine is fully automatic and its hydrostatic transaxle senses when the rear wheels start to spin it locks the wheels to give positive traction.  Its heavy-duty blade spindle is reinforced on four sides to tackle any brush conditions.

Billy Goat brushcutter prices start from £2249.99 including VAT.

For more information and to see videos demonstrating their cutting performance at Seighford visit www.billygoat.co.uk.

Hungry Billy Goat eats up most things that cross its path!

Hungry Billy Goat will eat up long grass, shrubs and small trees – in fact most things, and here at the Billy Goat blog is where you can find out how.

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Whether you are a landowner, a farmer, a forester or are simply in need of some tough garden machinery, when faced with the challenge of clearing large areas of undergrowth you can now access the largest and most powerful range of commercial cutting and clean-up equipment available in the UK.

Billy Goat products, with a reputation for innovation, productivity and quality, are now being imported from Kansas City, Missouri, USA to the UK by Henton & Chattell. The full range of products is now available in almost every corner of the UK thanks to Henton & Chattell’s 300 strong dealer network, which is the largest powered domestic garden product dealer network in the UK.

There is no job too tough for these robust, American manufactured pieces of equipment which specialise in property clean up.  Billy Goat’s vast range of products include aerators, brush mowers, power rakes, sod cutters, high velocity and zero-turn blowers and debris loaders, all capable of meeting the toughest of challenges.

To mark Billy Goat arriving in the UK, the Billy Goat blog has been launched as an online resource for garden care tips, seasonal hints and product advice for Billy Goat users.

Keep checking back for regular updates, and in the meantime see for yourself how Billy Goat tackles really tough jobs on our YouTube channel.