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

Ten top ride-ons and tractors for autumn, plus some handy time-saving gadgets

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.
Ride-on mowers and garden tractors come into their own in the autumn. First, lawns need to be trimmed, but not that short, so they have a decent covering of grass to protect them from the winter frosts and snow. But if you have a garden tractor, you have a year-round workhorse which can tow all … Continued

Ten top mowers in our special September Deal Time Promotion

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.
Dew-soaked autumn lawns often are too much for lawnmowers which have struggled through the summer but now is a great time to buy a new one in our September Deal Promotion These mowers, many exclusive and from top manufacturers represent great value for money, and while many people buy new ones in the Spring, the wise … Continued

Bargain ride-on from one of the country’s favourite brands

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.
Here’s a great bargain for those of you who have a large lawn which is a bit too big for a conventional lawnmower yet too small for a garden tractor. The Mountfield 827M Compact Lawn Rider has a cutting width of 66cm so it is narrow enough to pass through most garden gates yet well capable … Continued

It’s Deal Time – have a look at our great gardening bargains for September

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 is a distinctly autumnal feel to the mornings with the grass soaked with dew and a slight nip in the air. And while the flowers are still blooming healthily and the lawn growing quite rapidly it feels as if autumn with its beautiful colours and falling leaves is only just round the corner. It … Continued

Mighty Mountfield – The People’s Choice – Grab One Of Them For Less In Our Summer Sale

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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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What’s big, red, shiny, hard working and popular? No it’s not Donald Trump, he seems to spend most of the time on his golf course and popular? Hmmm. Let’s not go there right now. No the answer is, of course, a Mountfield Tractor. My old ale loving mate Dick blogged yesterday about three of their … Continued

The Mountfield lawn tractors for bigger lawns – and with next-day delivery

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 garden has started to show signs of the arrival of autumn. A few leaves are starting to fall, Michaelmas Daisies are flowering and the vegetable gardens and allotments are burgeoning. Lawns parched in June are growing healthily and need regular trimming to keep them a little longer to look their best. And many a … Continued

Holidays over? Now’s the time to get back to trimming the 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.
Not seen our great summer sale yet? Well here are a couple of great mowers to show you what’s available. And it’s not just mowers, there is a great range of gardening equipment at the keenest of prices to save you money including strimmers, brushcutters, hedge trimmers and even a garden tractor made for really … 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

Free attachment with Lawnflite lawn and garden 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.
The great thing about owning a lawn tractor is that it doesn’t just cut grass. With attachments you have a year-round garden workhorse. Think how useful a simple little cart could be when it comes to shifting bags of fertilizer or compost. And what wouldn’t you give for a leaf sweeper when the autumn fall … Continued