Please Sir, I want Some Mower! What lawn mower to buy. Holly’s Top Five Faves

Oliver Twist you say? Yes, of course I am aware of the quote, I don’t just read Cosmopolitan and The Lady you know, I’ve read all the classics. That was just my way of getting you interested. Like click bait only with no horrible photos of celebrities whose facelifts have left them looking like scary clowns. … Continued

From Zero to Hero – What’s So Special About 360 Degrees?

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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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Dick’s blog yesterday discussed the excellent and extraordinarily bright red, Simplicity Contender SZT550 Commercial Zero-Turn Ride-On Mower  a proper nice machine as they say in… er… well they must say it somewhere, and an amazing bargain at £2000 below the manufacturers RRP. You what? How much? Yes, I know, crazy isn’t it? The benefits of a … Continued

British-designed brushcutters on special offer, there’s one for every 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.
Every gardener needs a line trimmer and brushcutter is their armoury. These little machines save hours of scrabbling about on hands and knees with a pair of garden shears trimming lawn edges or wielding a billhook or scythe to hack down longer areas of grass. The majority of modern machines have interchangeable heads and while … Continued

Cherries, Plums and a Great Big Raspberry

Gosh. I don’t believe it. The sun has finally found his hat after a long and soggy search all through May, and placed it tentatively on its head. I am sitting looking at blue skies and light and smiling people in sunglasses, sundresses and shirt-sleeves are passing by rather than miserable bods in fleeces, umbrellas … Continued

Great prices on Tanaka hedgetrimmers with five-year warranties

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 time to give the hedges their first summer trim, but have a walk along first to make sure there are no birds nesting. When cutting hedges there is a knack to getting perfectly straight tops and if you don’t trust yourself to get it right, use a string line with a couple of stakes … Continued

The Big Fight. Lawn Tractors vs Zero Turn Mowers.

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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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OK. So I exaggerated. It’s not really a fight. Not so much ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’ or ‘The Thriller in Manilla’ as the…er… ‘Beg Your Pardon in the Garden’. Yes it’s a terribly polite and British contest, a smiling and not-too-serious middleweight tussle over which style of ride-on really cuts the dijon. Which  is … Continued

The Ides of March. The Stripes of Spring.

Gosh. Sunshine. Blue skies. Birds singing, memories of Stravinski’s angular music (The Rites of Spring) and the tempting thought that soon I just might be able to remove a couple of layers of clothing so I don’t continue to resemble a fat scarecrow and can actually perambulate to my local shops without shivering. Spring at … Continued

British-made mowers to give that iconic striped finish to your lawn

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.
Hayter is a company with a long British history and their mowers are some of the best on the market. Soundly engineered and with a reputation for having a long working life, they are the iconic mower seen puttering along the lawns of large houses. They make a range of mowers suitable for every size … Continued

After The Storm – February Comes Creeping Into Your Garden

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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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Like the old Barbara Dickson  Song (penned by the great Alan Tarney) ‘January – February’,  the months always seem to turn around so quickly and one minute you are sitting, thermostat cranked to the max, curled up in your armchair, sipping warming soup and watching the eternal loop of ‘Friends’ on Comedy Central and the … Continued

Three exclusive mowers offering reliability and value

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.
Wet and windy it might be but the grass cutting season is nearly upon us. Many will open the shed door and decide that the old faithful mower, quietly rusting away under the garden furniture, simply will not do another season. If you are looking for a new mower here are feature-packed three machines which … Continued