From little ride-ons to estate garden tractors, here are ten top machines for larger lawns

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.
More than half way through January and while the weather is not conducive to weeding the shrubberies, spring bulbs have poked their heads above the ground and a few daffodils are actually in bloom. Now is the time to buy a ride-on or lawn tractor, before the lawns and paddocks really burst in to life, … Continued

Top-selling lawn tractor, a machine for all seasons

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.
MowDirect is the country’s leading retailer of lawn and garden and tractors and this model from one of Britain’s favourite brands has been our best seller for the last three years. The Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor is a tractor which has it all – a great price, a wide enough cut to tackle 5000m2, twin … Continued

Presents to remember from our selected gardening gifts for Christmas

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.
Feeling generous this Christmas? Then one of these ride-ons or garden tractors from our Christmas gift pages will make a useful present remembered for years to come. And while you may have to wait a while before you use it for grass cutting, lawn tractors are a year-round garden friend with a host of attachments … Continued

Forget the frills and frippery, a lawnmower makes a great present

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.
Practical presents could be the order for this Christmas rather than jokey bits of frippery, presents which will last through the year and be genuinely useful. And what could be more useful than a new mower. Yes maybe that’s a bit difficult to envisage when the easterly wind penetrates a coat and two sweaters but … Continued

Ten top machines for cutting wet autumn & winter grass

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.
Soaking dew and even a few early morning frosts have left lawns sodden in the morning but still growing  and needing regular trimming. And that’s a problem for many less powerful mowers which tend to leave congealed lumps on the lawn rather than collect the clippings. The power is needed not just to cut the … Continued

Ten top machines to keep the grass neat this winter

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.
November has eased in with thick dew on the grass and morning mists and with darker evening there is little to encourage us into the garden. But the lawns are growing quickly still and need to be trimmed once the dew has gone, once a week still, and may well need trimming all through the … Continued

Ten top machines to keep the garden shipshape after the storms

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 gales and storms have made their impact on the garden and there’s more to come according to the all-seeing weather men and women. So here are ten top pieces of kit to keep your lawns and borders looking good. We’ve selected leaf blowers, chainsaws, a scarifier and a lawn tractor which will earn their … Continued

Top grass cutters to keep larger lawns looking their best

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.
Large lawns can look their best in the autumn as long as you don’t cut them too short and here are a couple of machines to give them a perfect, lush finish. Don’t be tempted to wait too long before each cut as lawns can soon become scruffy if left too long and look as … 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

Ten top machines for the autumn garden challenges

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 has blown in with gales and lashings of rain, but it’s still warm enough for plants to flourish. Window boxes and tubs still have plenty of life in them and don’t bother getting set for the big autumn prune yet. I mean trimming back summer growth not a giant dried plum. So here are … Continued