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

New year, new machines, here are ten innovative products to make life in the garden 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.
As the UK’s leading garden machinery store, we are constantly expanding our range of goods with new, innovative and exciting products to take advantage of new technologies and engineering developments. Just as plant breeders come up with new varieties each year and expand their offerings so machinery companies develop and refine their lists, so here … Continued

Need a new ride-on? Maybe a hydro is the answer

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 much easier to drive if you have a hydrostatic transmission. If you’ve driven an automatic car, you’ll understand. Slow down, ease your foot off the throttle. Speed up, apply a little more pressure. This makes it easier to manoeuvre along paths and around garden borders, no need to … Continued

Two German lawn tractors with free steel trailers

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.
German engineering company Al-Ko has a reputation for producing well-designed and sturdy garden machinery and here is an exclusive offer on two of their lawn tractors. These tractors are very keenly priced but you also receive a free steel tipping trailer worth £199 as well as a free tow hitch which usually costs £49. The … Continued

Great mower for parks and paddocks which gives a really smooth ride

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 dry January disappears to the relief of those who like a tipple but resolved to be abstemious for the month, so the weather has become a little warmer and less rainy. February used to be called February Fill-Dyke by old country sages, as it was traditionally a very wet month providing moisture for the … Continued

Groundbreaking Lawn Tractor Powered By The Latest Battery Technology

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 revolution in small hand-held gardening machinery like hedge clippers and strimmers is continuing apace and now even larger devices are powered by lithium-ion batteries. Chainsaws and lawnmowers are now available with these latest batteries providing power equal to petrol engines – indeed we have helped to develop the Redback equipment, you can see the … Continued