A neighbour dropped by today and asked what I was doing. I duly explained and he thought that he would do the same in future. So has anyone one or more hopefully useful tips to pass on? It may be that for many the tip is teaching gran to suck eggs but if one or more find a useful tip it will be worhwhile.
My tip? I wanted to mow the lawn and there had been a heavy dew and, although the sun was shining, it seemed doubtful that the lawn would dry sufficienly, especially in shaded areas. So I "switched" the grass, as greenkeepers do on golf courses. They use long flexible fibreglass rods. I have tried using a very long but inflexible cane or dragging a hosepipe. The first was back-breaking and the second not very controllable. So now I use a length of circular cross-section plastic drainpipe some six feet in length which I propel across the ground using my feet, moving it forward with a little downward pressure. The dewdrops get knocked off the grass and the lawn is dry for mowing or applying fertiliser in a short while.