Great little ride-on to access narrow paths and gates

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 grass cutting season is now fully underway and it is often at this time of the year that people with larger lawns wonder whether now is the time to buy a ride-on mower. These great little machines are made for areas of grass around 2000m2 and have a narrower cutting width than a lawn … Continued

Ten top superstars to give you a garden others will envy

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 very welcome warming sun has certainly had an effect on lawns and flower beds with early Spring growth wakening the grass and flower borders. There are threats of colder weather blowing in but there are loads of jobs in the garden which will keep us warm. And to get you in the mood, here … Continued

Zero-turn lawn tractors  with a wide cut for large estates and parks

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.
Many of us have given the lawns their first gentle trim of the year or are promising to do it the next dry day, when the time is right, when it’s been serviced, after the weekend internationals on the television. Choose your own excuse. But if you are the owner of really large areas you … Continued

Need a new lawn tractor? Here are ten top deals from the UK’s leading 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.
Lawn and garden tractors and ride-ons are essential if you have large areas of grass to maintain, so here are ten of the best deals you’ll find on these machines. While most are equally at home on lawns and rougher areas like paddocks and orchards, make sure you choose wisely before buying and give us … Continued

Great lawn tractor to deal with both lawns and rougher areas alike

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 large area of grass and lawn to maintain you’ll have noticed the start of new life, a slight thickening of the grass stems as new Spring growth begins. So now is the time to give it a first gentle trim, just cutting back the longer whiskers on fields and paddocks and … Continued

Now big lawns can wear stripes as well thanks to this garden tractor with a special roller

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.
We talked on Monday about a great Mountfield mower designed to leave a striped finish. But what do you do if you have a really large lawn which needs the attention of a lawn tractor and want stripes? Well, here’s the answer, the Simplicity Regent XL/SLT200 Garden Tractor (with Striping Roller). This has a really wide … Continued

Three great machines from Mountfield to tackle 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.
With milder weather and a bit of rain for most of us the grass will soon start growing. If you’ve an ordinary lawn that’s something to keep an eye on and we’ve highlight ten top new mowers in one of our recent blogs. But if you’ve a larger area of grass it’s a correspondingly bigger … Continued

Ten top garden tractors with finance available to help spread the cost

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 main grass growing season fast approaching this a great time to buy a lawn tractor thanks to our finance facility. This enables you to spread the cost on a new ride-on over 12, 24 or 36 months paying as little as £38 per month. We are the country’s leading retailer and largest supplier … 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

Beat the crowds – ten top gifts to delight any gardener and delivered in time 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.
The last minute rush to the shops will really kick in to gear this weekend. The roads will be packed with speeding drivers, there’ll be fisticuffs at the checkouts and wailing kids and drunks celebrating Christmas in the only way they know how. But it needn’t be like this if you’re looking for a worthwhile … Continued