We base our business on 40 years experience in commercial horticulture including post graduate qualification in plant science, international study in advanced agrichemical application technology (Hardi International in Denmark). So if you are wanting a garden of distinction, come to us. Our background includes market gardening, greenhouse growing, greenkeeping, orcharding kiwifruit, avocados, weed control, certified organic grower, and a post graduate level study and research in plant science at Massey University.
Historically, the concept of Pat 4 Mowing came from our heritage relating to an old mansion from Ireland. That is a 3 story Georgian style mansion built by my great great grandfather William Clark in 1853 for his new bride from Waterford. They owned a linen milling town at Upperlands, Londonderry, Ulster. William Clark and Sons is still one of the oldest companies in Britain. His oldest son, William was my great great grandfather and heir to the family home and business. However he fell in love with a lower class woman and got sent off to the colonies with some money to stay away. The home eventually got given back to one of my cousins some years ago. The home remained in the family until recently.
The distinct advantage we have over much of our competition is that we offer a professional quality and highly maintained equipment.
E.g. blades sharpened and mowers cleaned on a regular basis, and we operate with public liability insurance.
The variety of services that we offer are:
- Qualified advice on gardening and weed control
- Quality and reliable lawn mowing with full edging as standard practice
- Weed control and spraying
- Green waste removal
- Hedge trimming
- Tree pruning and removal below 5 metres
- Fertiliser application
No. The professionals use compressed air to both clean underneath the mower, and to sharpen the blades. This makes for a tidier cut, with a nice even sheen to the lawn. Your lawn is the first thing that visitors see of your property. Good impressions are lasting impressions.
Most of our customers have their lawns mown fortnightly; some even weekly. To help customers save money we are usually happy to mow three weekly, but that does not look as good. The more often lawn is mowed, the better it looks, just like brushing hair. Also first mows, when the grass has grown long never look as good as when mowed regularly. These lawns can take three to four mows to improve. If the grass is long, the first mow is always untidy and can take two or more mows to improve in appearance.
Not necessarily. There are three recognised ways of managing weeds. The first is cultural, or environmental management on your property, the second is physical removal, then there is use of agrichemicals, which does not always mean spraying. There are other ways of applying agrichemicals, such as weed wipers or gel applicators. Of course weed spraying is usually the cheapest option, but not all herbicides control all weeds, so some planning is required.