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

Light and powerful, the new Redback trimmer is a winner

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.
Light and powerful, the Redback E522DQ-2Ah Cordless Hedgetrimmer is the answer if your hedges need a mid-summer trim. With the latest lithium-ion battery providing power equivalent to many petrol machines, this great hedgetrimmer is much lighter and easier to use and far less tiring. And it is much more comfortable as there are no stinking … Continued

Ten great bargains in our summer sale from small mowers to giant tractors

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.
There are gardening bargains galore in our summer sale, so if your old mower or hedgetrimmer is nearing its end or if your garden tractor is running out of puff we have the ideal replacement at a great price. For a full list of the products in our sale see these pages, but to give you … Continued

Time to get gardening again – here are ten top machinery deals to make life 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 sweltering weather comes to an end and welcome rains start to tumble, the gardens will need some attention. Lately it’s been too warm to do much but now’s the time, with cooler temperatures, to get to work so here are ten top garden machinery deals to get you working again. The one areas … Continued

Ten top machines to trim back all types of hedges – and the tops

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.
Maybe we haven’t all got topiary like this, but neat hedges with vertical sides and perfectly level tops announce to the world, here lives someone who takes a pride in their garden. And now’s the time to get out the hedgetrimmer for the major cut of the year – You may already have given them … Continued

Lightweight trimmer to deal with hedge tops – in safety

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.
Hedge tops always present a problem even to the youngest and healthiest gardeners. You can stand on chairs and ladders and then start wobbling like a politician when you over-reach to get the last strangling stems. Far better to use a machine made for the job, a long-reach hedgetrimmer which can do the job while … Continued

Top quality Japanese hedgetrimmers to tackle the most stubborn hedges

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.
Neatly-trimmed hedges epitomise a British garden as much as stripes on the lawn and blooming flower borders and now is the time to give them their first trim of the year. Even if you don’t want to take on hedge tops just yet you can trim the outsides after making sure there are no nesting … Continued

Trimming Hedges In Summer – Some Dos and Don’ts

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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 anyone who has followed this blog knows (my thanks to both of you and the cheque is in the post) hedges and I are not exactly the best of friends. I don’t intend to give you the impression that I don’t like hedges. Far from it. I love a good hedge me. Hedges are as much a … Continued

Cutter made to tackle high hedges, and in safety

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.
Hedges have grown really quickly recently and now’s the time to trim them back, but please, check as far as you can that there are no nesting birds. Hedge sides are relatively simple to trim and, if it is a newly-planted hedge, trim them in an A shape to encourage the bottoms to thicken out. … Continued