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

Ten great machines to get your garden party-ready for the Bank Holiday weekend

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 the Spring Bank Holiday next weekend many of you will be planning your first summer party of the year. You know, warm wine, cremated sausages and soggy puddings your neighbour always brings along. But at least you can make sure the garden in good shape – flower beds weed free and planted out, lawns … Continued

The Party’s Over, the Sale is Nearly Done. What Does 2017 have to Offer? Redback’s Quiet Power!

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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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Happy New Year! Yes I know it’s me again, but to be honest Holly only just crawled, blinking, out of the big candle-lit cave of jollity she has been living in for the past couple of weeks and it might take her a few days, now the pine needles have been vacuumed, the cards recycled and … Continued

Gardening bargains in our not-to-be missed 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.
With fog, frost and even snow in places the weather doesn’t exactly encourage you to jump in the car and visit the sales. But if it’s a gardening bargain you’re after just log on to our sales page where there are 50 great deals on garden machinery from a humble mower or hedge trimmer to … Continued

A ride-on mower for under £1000 in our top ten from the winter 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.
It’s sale time and here at MowDirect we have compiled 50 great deals on garden machinery – there’s a bargain for every gardener. From mowers to tractors, from snow blowers to hedge cutters there will be something in our sale to tempt any keen gardener.ide-on And now is the time to buy with special prices … Continued