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

Battery power, the future of garden machinery

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.
Battery-powered garden equipment will be hitting the headlines next year as more manufacturers introduce equipment designed to take advantage of the new technology. Lithium-ion battery power has come on in leaps and bounds recently offering equivalent power to petrol but with no emissions and equipment which is far lighter. And you will find that once … 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

Ten brilliant gardening bargains to make autumn gardening 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.
Much of the country is set for warmer weather and in to next week so now’s the time to spend a few hours grass cutting, leaf clearing and keeping hedges neat. So here are ten top gardening bargains from top international manufacturers to make life easier. And we hesitate to mention the C word but … Continued

An Indian summer could arrive this weekend – time to get back on gardening duties

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.
With weather forecast to warm up for the weekend, so now is a great time to concentrate on the lawn and its edges. The grass is really putting on a spurt at the moment and needs to be trimmed back to keep it looking neat and tidy through the late autumn and here’s a robust … Continued

Ten top tools to make autumn gardening 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.
Season of mists, maybe, but it is also the season of a huge amount of work in the garden. Lawns are lush, hedges still sprouting, leaves are a-tumbling and have I cut enough wood for winter? Better check. These warm September day are just right for getting out in the garden and getting things shipshape … Continued

Keep hedges looking their best through autumn with this great little trimmer

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.
Autumn is a time when hedges need a final trim to keep them neat for the autumn and winter. After the main trim on the year straggly growth often happens which makes them look untidy, but you don’t want the hassle of rooting around the shed for the big hedge cutter, fuelling it up and … Continued

Ten top garden machinery bank holiday bargains – the grass and weeds don’t know it’s a holiday

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.
To celebrate the last bank holiday of the year we have put together a list of ten great gardening bargains including top names in the world of mowers and other equipment. And though you may take a break this holiday weekend, the grass and hedges keep growing and will need attention when you get back. … Continued

Ten great machines to keep the garden looking great after all the rain

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 holiday season reaches its height you could bet the weather would turn, and so it has. Most parts of the country has torrential rain excellent for making the grass (and weeds) spring into life but not good if you’re on a beach holiday with fractious youngsters. Those who stayed at home will be … Continued

Ten top bargains in our super summer sale

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.
Now is a great time to get stuck into the garden and also a good time to re-new any gardening machinery which is getting a bit tired and past its best by visiting our great summer sale. Lawnmowers, hedgetrimmers, brushcutters, we’ve got the lot at the best prices. Even a lawn tractor for playing-fields and … Continued