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

Terrific new mower made to handle all types of lawns and the rough stuff

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 is starting to grow and thicken up, a sure sign that the first cut is on the way. Indeed, some have already ventured forth with the mower. You can leave it a few weeks yet, but an early trim promotes healthy and more vigorous growth – much like pruning a rose or cutting … Continued

Time to get out and start work in the garden – here are 10 great machines to get you going

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.
At last, a tiny bit of warmth and signs that Spring is on the horizon if not actually in the air. With the drenching that most gardens have recently endured, there are small signs that lawns are starting to grow and the first cut is only weeks away. Remember that you should only take the … Continued

Prepare the soil now and you’ll be top of the crops in the summer

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 get digging. Vegetable plots and allotments need the soil turning over to be ready for raking and seeding in a few weeks’ time, indeed you can sow some varieties of lettuce now, especially the delicious Little Gem which germinate readily at this time of the year. We’ve said in the past that … Continued

Special deals on Lawnflite mowers – the price is going up next month

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 makes excellent mowers and garden tractors and here’s your chance to take advantage of some special low prices before increases in March. Once the warmer weather arrives in the next few weeks the grass will start growing rapidly thanks to all the recent rains, so now’s the time to prepare. First, have a look … Continued

Mowing with the latest battery technology makes the job faster and 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.
Here’s our prediction for the coming gardening year. Cordless mowers will be the big talking point with the latest battery technology advances meaning that all sizes of lawns are now within their reach. Mowers with the latest lithium-ion batteries are far lighter than petrol-powered ones, emit no smelly and harmful emissions and are not tied … 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

Your chance to bag a bargain mower in time for an early Spring

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.
Here’s your chance to bag a bargain as we clear stock from our showroom, as well as ex-demo machines and clearance lines. We need the space for new stock for the coming season but you’ll need to be fast as when we list goods on these pages they tend to sell very quickly. First on … 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