The de-thatcher was fitted in a matter of seconds. Forty spring-loaded tines ripped up moss, dead roots and other rubbish as efficiently as the Conservative Party de-Thatched itself in 1990.
Switching to the aerator was equally simple. The recommended technique - walk backwards - is not ideal for a big lawn, but the steel blades did a first-
You are warned that the lawn will look a mess for a week or two, but the long-term benefits are considerable. Mantis recommends this treatment in early autumn, spring and midsummer.
We were less impressed by the nine-blade edger, which tended to cut a slit rather than define a border.
All these jobs can be done by hand, of course. Much depends on the relationship between the size of your garden and the size of your bank balance.
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