Top mowers for the small to medium sized lawn, plus a robot to do the work for you

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.
Most gardeners don’t want a big mower made to deal with acres of grass. Most of us want a simple mower, easy to start and use which will give our lawns front and back a neat, cared-for appearance. So this week’s top ten will feature mowers made for lawns under 1000m2. All are from industry … Continued

Ten top machines to give you a perfect lawn ready for the summer barbecue

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.
Crack open a bottle, for tis the season of barbecues, warm white wine which has lost its fizz and black and blue meat – charred black on the outside and raw in the middle. And tis also the season when our gardens should be looking their best with perennial shrubs in bloom or about to … Continued

New ride-on mower at a special price ideal for the biggest 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.
For the owners of really large gardens, this is a great bargain mower from a leading American company. The Snapper ZTX110 Zero-Turn Ride-On Mower has a powerful Briggs & Stratton Intek engine, a 656cc twin cylinder one mean on both fuel and noise. It is fitted with a two-stage air filter to give it a … Continued

Ten terrific deals to mark 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.
The garden in May is always a delight with flowers starting to bloom and the vegetable plot showing signs of a good crop. But this is also the time to keep the mower and strimmer going or you may lose control and mother nature will take over. So keep the lawn trimmed, the edges neat, … Continued

It’s getting hot out there so here are ten great Bank Holiday gardening deals

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 first great gardening weekend is upon us where families long to forsake the joys of crowded roads and kids screaming for ice cream and concentrate on the area of weeds and jungle previously known as the garden. Rains and the occasional burst of sunshine have given plants a real boost, even where the ground … Continued

Now the sun’s out, it’s time to take back control of the garden

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 a jungle out there. The recent rains, and now warming sun, have led to a huge amount of growth in the flower beds and lawns, so much so that if you haven’t trimmed your lawn yet you may be in for a shock. But get back to the garden you must and here are ten … Continued

Best-selling Mountfield lawn tractors for large lawns and paddocks

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.
If you have a larger lawn or rough grass like orchards or paddocks to keep looking spruce one of these lawn tractors from Mountfield will do the trick. They are Britain’s best-selling tried and proved workhorses and can be delivered to your door within two to three working days so you could be mowing before … Continued

Exclusive garden tractors from top UK brand at the keenest prices with free 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.
Lawnflite is a British brand which produces top-quality lawn tractors and we have a wide range of these machines at excellent prices. MowDirect is the country’s leading retailer of lawn and garden tractors and last year Lawnflite was among our list of best sellers with many positive reviews, so if you have a large area … Continued

The gardening year starts now – here are ten top machinery deals for the Easter 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.
Now’s the time to get out into the garden, the first major holiday of the year. And after snow which crippled the country and left roads impassable and damaging winds which felled trees and caused chaos in the flower beds, we are celebrating the Easter period with ten unbeatable lawnmower deals. Don’t be in too … Continued

Ten top ride-ons and lawn tractors for Spring lawns, some at reduced prices

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 Spring held back by the recent bitter weather, the grass is looking much more healthy as the snow melts and moisture penetrates the roots. And if you have a larger lawn now is a great time to buy a garden tractor for the first Spring trim, especially as the prices of some models are … Continued