Ten brilliant bargains in our Black Friday 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.
The British seem to have taken to Black Friday with great enthusiasm and it’s hardly surprising when you see some of the bargains on offer. Traditionally the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, the day is a holiday in some states and the term originated as it was impossible to get around easily due … Continued

Ten top machines for cutting wet autumn 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 autumn

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 this autumn

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

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