New year, new machines, here are ten innovative products to make life in the garden easier

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
As the UK’s leading garden machinery store, we are constantly expanding our range of goods with new, innovative and exciting products to take advantage of new technologies and engineering developments. Just as plant breeders come up with new varieties each year and expand their offerings so machinery companies develop and refine their lists, so here … Continued

Baby, it’s cold outside, but here are ten great deals on garden equipment to warm you up

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Typical British weather. Just as we start to anticipate the start of warmer weather, vicious night frosts and snow showers arrive. But to celebrate the imminent arrival of better weather we have put together ten great deals on garden machinery. Some you probably need now some you’ll need in a few weeks’ time, but it … Continued

Buying a Chainsaw. What Do I Look For? Use Our MowHow

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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Yes. Me again. Holly and I are just swapping slots for a while. Now. Hmm. If you read yesterday’s blog from my mate Dick yesterday you’ll have noticed it’s been a terrible week round his house, what with his complaints about the huge gusts of wind and the piles of rubbish and debris lying everywhere! … Continued

Turn winter debris into a valuable garden mulch

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
The gales have left gardens looking pretty grim with loads of branches, trees in some cases, and twigs everywhere. And with more strong winds likely soon these two pieces of kit will help in the big clean-up. If you want a powerful chainsaw, the sort used by farmers and professional gardeners, this one ticks all … Continued

Be a Lumberjack and You’ll be OK with Our Guides to Chainsaws, Log-Splitters and Firewood Making

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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Keep the home fires burning was Dick’s call to action yesterday, and this famous firewood plea was, of course, the title of a famous song. It was a chin up, chest out call to display the stiff upper lips of old Blighty and keep a warm smile of welcome and support glowing for ‘our boys’, … Continued

Two handy little devices to keep the home fires burning

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Most parts of the country will have experienced a few bitter late afternoons when the there is little heat in an early-setting sun. This is the time of year that heating oil companies love and the rest us hate as the thermostat has to turned up most evenings to the sound of emptying wallets. For … Continued

Battery Power is the New Petrol – Redback Is The New Battery Power. Happy 2018.

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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As we lurch into the early weeks of the new year, blinking in the dim light of the chilly January dawn and wondering why our Christmas holidays were shorter than a list of Donald Trumps foreign policy achievements, I cannot help but notice that li-ion batteries are again being chatted about quite a bit. This … Continued

How to survive the winter storms – here are ten great pieces of kit to see you through the worst

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
As soon as one storm with an appealing name blows itself out, another comes whistling in felling trees, leaving roads flooded and gardens looking a mess. Fallen trees need to be cut up and moved and the debris left behind needs clearing away. That’s always presuming that the house is not flooded and we can … Continued

Italian chainsaws, top quality, exclusive and at great prices

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Many will have lit the woodburner or fire for the first time recently as winds from the north and east have left the evenings distinctly chilly. If you have old logs that have been hanging around at the back of the garden now’s a good time to saw them up for firewood. And this is … Continued

Ten top tools to make the autumn chores easier

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Rain and chilly in the north, bright and sunny in the south, but no matter where you are the leaves are tumbling. And, north or south, this is a good time of year for tree-felling while there is little sap in the wood and flower beds can be repaired in time for next spring. The … Continued