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When is the best time to scarify your lawn?

As Autumn comes on ever quicker, the drop in temperature and the dropping of leaves from the trees, now is the time to make preparations for ensuring your lawn is in the best state to survive the winter.

When is the best time to scarify your lawn?

The best times for dethatching are spring and autumn. Dethatching breaks up the thatch and gives the grass roots water, air and nutrients.

Before dethatching it is best to mow your lawn as low as possible to remove debris, leaves, etc.

Balmers do a range of John Deere and Viking  electric and petrol Scarifiers.

Electric scarifiers start at £248 .00 Inc Vat.

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Autumn is approaching

Autumn is fast approaching and the leaves are turning colour and beginning to fall.

Leaf blowers and vacuums are the ideal solution to make easy work of blowing and collecting the leaves from your garden.

We have some great offers on Stihl & Echo leaf blowers & vacuums with both electric and petrol models available.

The lightweight hand held models are ideal for small to medium sized gardens, paths, patios, and other surfaces. They can be quickly converted over from a blower to a vacuum.

For larger areas such as professional use in parks and estates, powerful backpack blowers are the best for a fast and efficient clearance.

We currently have stock and a full display in our showroom, prices start from £99.00 they can be viewed online at


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Will we get an Indian summer?

It’s been officially recorded the wettest summer on record and don’t we know it?

The question we have been asking ourselves is will we get an Indian summer?

Hopefully so, as this means we can get into our gardens well into Autumn.

The leaves are already starting to fall and it’s time to think about pruning, hedge cutting, tree felling, scarifying, spiking, shredding and leaf collecting.

At Balmers, we have a complete range of machinery to enable you to make the task in hand easier to maintain your lawn & garden .

Our range of products includes Stihl, Echo, JohnDeere, Viking and a selection of hand tools.

We have blowers & leaf vacs, chainsaws, hedgetrimmers and shredders available in electric, petrol and battery powered.

Come and visit our extensive showroom where some products are in our Autumn sale

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Enjoy the good weather while it lasts

It’s been a hard but very successful last couple of weeks for all the team at Balmers GM. The British Golf Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Anne’s Golf club was an excellent and well-organised event and went without a hitch.

Now the weather has finally started to settle down this last week with dry, warm and sunny conditions, we can get out and mow our lawns once again.

If the grass has got to long for your mower, it may be advisable to set your height adjuster a little higher to avoid either clogging your mower or damaging your lawn by cutting to much off at once which will stress your grass leading to brown patches and encouraging moss to grow.

If you are thinking about replacing your mower at this late stage of the season we have some good offers on at the moment with upto 30% discount on certain makes and models .

Our friendly sales team will be on hand to help and advise you on the best options to suit your needs when replacing your mower, trimmer or any type of garden machinery.

Enjoy the good weather while it lasts.


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BalmersGM set for British Open at Royal Lytham

BalmersGM handover equipment for British Open 2012 at Royal Lytham

BalmersGM handover equipment for British Open 2012 at Royal Lytham

Well yet another extremely wet week! It has been all hands to the pump with our busy  service  department preparing for the British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club on 19th – 22nd July. Balmers along with John Deere UK the preferred supplies to the British Open have been preparing the machinery for the last several weeks working closely with the Head Green Keeper Paul Smith.

Andrew Stoney (Balmers GM Service Manager) along with our fully qualified technicians, have prepared and serviced over 50 Machines including Fairway mowers, Greens mowers, Tractors, Utility vehicles and many more pedestrian equipment ready for the 2 week event which includes a practise week before the competition starts.

Andrew and Darren will be on working on site with our fully equipped state of the art service vans for the 2 weeks starting at 4 am in the morning right through till 8-9 o Clock at night.

So hats off to them all!!

Mean while back at base our stores dept are on hand to supply any parts for the machinery at a moments notice delivered on site by Balmers parts delivery vans which helps with minimal downtime .

And on that note I’m confident that  Balmers GM will deliver an excellent service to Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf club as always!

Balmers offer equipment servicing & managed lawn maintenance. To see the full range of equipment Balmers has to offer or to chat more about your requirements, why not drop into our showroom on Trafalgar Street in Burnley, or better still pick up the phone today on 01282 453900 or view online at

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Time to trim the hedges

Stihl Hedgetrimmers on sale at Balmers

Stihl Hedgetrimmers on sale at Balmers

Well, when will it ever stop raining !! .Hopefully the weather is better for us this week giving us a chance to mow the grass !! I’ve noticed in the last week or so the garden hedges and hedge rows have put on some serious growth which will now need trimming and even cutting back. So I want to focus on Hedge trimmers this week.

We currently stock several types of electric and petrol models, also long reach machines with angling cutting heads allowing to cut & trim high and awkward to get to hedges.

A good domestic petrol hedge trimmer is the Stihl HS 45 with either a 18”or 24” double blade prices starting from £249.00 Inc Vat.

If you want something light and easy to use try an Electric Hedgetrimmer the Stihl HSE 42 18” coming in at £119.00 inc Vat.

On the professional range we stock Stihl & Echo, In the long reach category the Stihl  HL 95 with a 135 degree adjustment on the blade priced at £580.00 + Vat.

The HS 81 R  24”/30”  is an excellent commercial machine well known and used by local authorities & contractors .

We are currently running a offer with selected Stihl and Echo machines upto 30% off recommended retail price.

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Another wet week? time for the Strimmer

Stihl FS38 Brushcutter

Stihl FS38 Brushcutter

It’s been another wet week and we are unable to cut the grass again – which has allowed the grass to grow even longer, making your mowing machine struggle in the wet conditions.

The best machine to use when the grass is wet and long is a good robust strimmer like the Stihl or the Echo range of strimmers and brushcutters – we are offering up to 30% off selected strimmers, chainsaws and hedge-trimmers so why not make the most of this fantastic deal?

A good starter strimmer would be a Stihl FS38 or the Echo GT220 strimmer, both lightweight and easy to use but heavy duty enough to cope with the harsh cutting conditions.

If you’re looking for something for more commercial, it may be an idea to consider a reconditioned machine. We currently have in stock Stihl FS400 brushcutter complete with harness.

We also stock a full range of strimmer accessories, including strimmer line, two stroke oils, facemasks, combi fuel cans and safety clothing.

If your strimmer or mower won’t start, we can help you bring it back to life – our fully trained service staff are always on hand to help with advice and tips to keep you cutting in all conditions.

Let’s hope we get some better weather in the next few weeks and maybe will see the BBQs reappearing!

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Managing your lawn in wet conditions

John Deere R40 Mower

John Deere R40 Mower is an excellent choice for mowing in wet conditions

We are now approaching the mid season – as you’ll know it has been a very wet few months and many of you have been struggling to mow your grass in the wet conditions, especially if you’re using it commercially.

If you are considering replacing your mower I can recommend the John Deere R and C series walk behind mowers for their excellent cutting and collecting capability in wet conditions. John Deere developed the turbo collection system which incorporates a fan underneath the blade, helping the collection.

You can see most of the models you can view in our showroom, where we are currently discounting mower strimmers, with up to 20% off RRP on selected models.

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