Hints & Tips
Might we just dare to believe that we’re in for an early Spring? Certainly the birds think so for the blue tits have started chirruping in the hedges and the wrens are joining.
And take a look at the borders and you’ll see bulbs peeking through and roses with plenty of new buds.
Lawns are looking as if they’re enjoying life a bit more and it won’t be that long before they’ll need the first cut of the new gardening year.
Now’s a great time to buy a new mower or garden tractor and to give you an idea of what’s available here are ten top deals to greet the new gardening year, five mowers and five tractors.
The first is one new for this year, offering amazing value for money.
The MowMaster 43PD 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower was designed with British lawns in mind and lets you choose whether to collect or mulch or just drop the cut grass.
Different areas of the garden need different treatment so you can just drop the grass on the rougher areas and collect or mulch in the more formal areas –but don’t be tempted to fit the mulch plug until a warm day when the grass is dry.
There are five cutting heights from 25mm to 70mm and the grass box holds 40 litres and it is easy to use as it is a self-propelled, so no working up a sweat pushing it up slopes and through thicker, longer grass.
The grass box has an indicator to show when it needs emptying.
It is fitted with a 123cc engine and the steel cutter deck has a wash port so you can clean it out when you’ve finished mowing by attaching a garden hose.
The recommended price is £249 but we have it on special offer for just £199.
Delivery is free and there is a two year warranty.
Next comes a long-time favourite with a string of reviews from previous customers.
The Mountfield SP180 Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower is on exclusive special offer and is powered by a Briggs & Stratton 148cc engine, reliable and easy to start.
It has five height settings from 20mm to 70mm with a 55-litre grass box and the 45cm width makes it suitable for lawns up to 800m2 in area.
This is a sturdy little mower with a steel cutter deck with larger rear wheels making it easier to navigate and tackle rougher areas.
The recommended price is £349 but we’ve taken £100 off that and have it for sale for £249.
There is a two-year warranty and free delivery the next working day.
The lawn fashionistas, well certainly fellow little minx blogger Holly, think that more people will look for a striped finish this year and to achieve this you need a mower with a rear roller.
So have a look at this one, the Lawnflite 18SPR Self-Propelled Petrol Rear-Roller Lawnmower, available from the middle of this month.
This has an 18in cutting width and is suitable for lawns around 800m2 and has seven cutting heights right down to 17mm.
Power is from Lawnflite’s own 135 engine, easy to start, and with a solid steel cutter deck it is a very solid little machine.
The grass box holds 60 litres and there is an indicator to show when it needs emptying.
It costs £299, £100 off the recommended price and we deliver it free the next working day with a two-year warranty.
You’ll know from the advertisements on television that many domestic appliances now run on battery power and the same revolution is happening in the world of garden machinery.
We have worked with a specialist company to develop a range of equipment using the latest power cells developed in Japan to produce a range of machinery.
The Redback EC137CF-6Ah Cordless Lawnmower is supplied with a 60Ah battery which fits other equipment in the range and charger as well. It will run for 70 minutes and will re-charge in 90 minutes.
The obvious advantages are a reduction in noise and fumes and a much lighter mower and it starts by pushing a button.
It has a cutting width of 37cm and a 40-litre grass box and there is a dial on the handlebars so you can see how much charge is in the battery.
It has five cutting heights from 25mm to 75mm and is suitable for lawns up to 600m2.
It costs £299 compared with the recommended price of £457 and has a three-year warranty. Again, delivery the next working day is free.
And the final mower we have chosen from the huge selection on our site is the German engineered Einhell GC-PM 52 SHW 5-in-1 Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower.
You can either discharge it to the back or side or drop it under the cutter deck.
Or you can collect it or mulch.
Suitable for larger lawns up to 2000m2 it has a special blade which creates a very strong air current to give efficient collection of wet grass.
Einhell’s own 173cc engine has been designed to start quickly and easily and it has a one-litre fuel tank to give longer periods working.
You can disengage the drive making it easier to move around the garden and the hi-wheel feature means it is easy to manoeuvre when in use.
You can see what other customers think of the machine here.
The recommended price is £499.95 but we have it for sale for £349.95 with free next working day delivery and a two-year warranty.
Now on to ride-ons and lawn tractors and if you have a lawn which is just too large for a mower but doesn’t really warrant a lawn tractor, this popular little machine is the option.
The Mountfield 827M Compact Lawn Rider has a cutting width of 66cm to it can get through narrow gates and paths.
With Mountfield’s own 224cc engine which is started with a key, it is suitable for lawns up to 2000m2 and it has four forward and one reverse gears.
The grass box holds 150 litres of clippings and can be emptied without leaving the driver’s seat.
There are six cutting heights from 30mm to 80mm and if you prefer to mulch clippings a mulch kit is available as an optional extra.
This popular little ride-on costs £1249, £100 less than the recommended price and it is delivered free within two to three working days with a two-year warranty.
The MTD 2-in-1 Combi Lawn Tractor is another exclusive to MowDirect and has a free mulch kit worth £79.
This lawn tractor is made by a leading manufacturer in the USA and has a 420cc engine started with a key and has been designed to keep vibrations and fuel use to a minimum
This has a 96cm mowing deck making it suitable for areas up to 6000m2 and has a pivoting cutter deck so it follows the contours of the lawn closely without scalping it.
Clippings are discharged to the side and can be mulched in the more formal areas.
The driver’s seat is very comfortable and it has a tight turning radius of 46cm so you can drive around lawn edges and trees with ease.
Large tyres give great traction and cutting heights are from 30mm to 95mm.
It costs £1399, has a two-year warranty and is delivered free within two to three working days.
But for a small extra sum you can order as late as 3pm Friday and have it delivered on Saturday.
The next one is another exclusive to use and can be delivered on Saturday for a small extra sum if you order by 3pm Friday.
The Lawnflite 603 XT-S Lawn Tractor has a 420cc MTD engine, is started by a key and has a 3.8-litre fuel tank so you can keep working for longer.
This lawn tractor is fitted with the maker’s special system incorporating a fan to force the clippings into the collection box – very handy given the damp British weather.
It has an adjustable seat and a pair of headlights so you can work when it gets murky.
As well as collecting the cut grass you can also discharge it at the back where a neat finish is not vital.
Cutting heights are from 30mm to 95mm and it has shift-on-the-go transmission and a tight turning radius.
It costs £1599, £200 of the recommended price and normal delivery is within two to three working days.
A groundbreaking and very exciting breakthrough in lawn tractor design, the Mountfield 1530H is the only 84cm cutting width tractor to feature twin-blade cutting action, and is an innovative, stylish, and performance machine at a remarkably affordable price, offering unrivalled collection, compact ergonomic design, comfort and cutting efficiency.
One now from a leading British brand.
The Mountfield 1530H Lawn Tractor has an 84cm cutting deck making it suitable for areas up to 5000m2.
This has twin cutting blades and a hydrostatic drive, much like a car. And with its 452cc engine it can tackle rougher areas and tow trailers and other garden equipment like leaf sweepers.
It has a six-litre fuel tank and is an excellent collector of wet grass with its twin cutting blades creating strong air currents in the cutting deck.
There are seven cutting heights from 25mm to 80mm and a padded and adjustable seat make it a comfortable tractor to drive.
Heavy duty tyres give excellent grip when it gets slippery after the rain and you just attach a garden hose and spin the blades after use to clean the cutting deck.
Tow bar, mulch plug and a deflector plate – for use when cutting longer grass – are available as optional extras.
This tractor costs £1899, £200 off the recommended price and we deliver it free within two to three working days with a five-year warranty.
The Saturday delivery is also an option for an extra fee.
And finally a top German lawn tractor which has a free trailer worth £199.
The AL-KO T16-102HD Edition Lawn Tractor has a 565cc Briggs & Stratton engine designed to be super efficient with low fuel consumption and low vibration levels.
Designed for areas up to 8000m2 and with a 300-litre grass box it is very easy to drive with hydrostatic transmission and a high-back seat and wide-profile tyres to give great grip without scuffing the turf.
There are six cutting heights from 30mm to 90mm.
It is priced at £2499, £500 off the recommended price and is delivered within two to three working days. Again, delivery on Saturday can be arranged for an extra fee if ordering by 3pm Friday afternoon.
And it has a five-year warranty.
Please ring us if you would like any help when ordering any of the equipment on our site. We’re on 08454 588905 and have years of experience in garden machinery.