Our Black Friday deals will give you a garden to be proud of

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.
Maybe it is an import from the USA, but Britain has taken to Black Friday just as we have taken to the hamburger and today has become a major feature in the British shopping calendar. There are some excellent bargains on our special Black Friday sales pages and here we have selected ten great bargains … Continued

Ride-ons and lawn tractors at bargain prices 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.
Our deals to mark Black Friday include some terrific bargains on ride-on mowers and lawn tractors and you can see them on these pages. To give you an idea of what’s available, here are a couple of little crackers, starting with the Lawnflite 76-RDE Mini Rider, a great easy-to-drive machine for lawns around 3000m2. The cutting … Continued

Be ready for the snow – predictions say there’s some on the way

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.
This is the time of year when some sections of the national press predict Arctic gales and blizzards. So in case they are correct, and we’ve not had a decent fall of snow in most parts of the country for some years, have a look at this great piece of kit from our Black Friday … Continued

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

Italian chainsaws, top quality, exclusive and at great 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.
Many will have lit the woodburner or fire for the first time recently as winds from the north and east have left the evenings distinctly chilly. If you have old logs that have been hanging around at the back of the garden now’s a good time to saw them up for firewood. And this is … Continued

Mitox has the answer when it comes to clearing away fallen leaves

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.
Swirling winds are sending the leaves tumbling and they need to be cleared away regularly. For if left on paths and drives they can become matted down with tramping feet and car tyres and will become slippery and dangerous. And if left on borders and vegetable plots they will stop essential moisture penetrating the soil. … 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

Battery-powered leaf blowers which give blasts of air equivalent to petrol machines

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 parts of the country have their first frosts of the year recently which sent the leaves tumbling faster than ever and they are starting to be a menace on paths and patios. So here are three really powerful cordless leaf blowers to make clearing them away easier. And before you tip them on to … Continued

Heavy-duty machines to clear thick falls of leaves

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 first frosts giving the early morning a distinctly nippy feel the autumn fall is starting in earnest. Recent rains have led to matted leaves on paths becoming a slippery menace and lawns they are preventing light and moisture getting through so that the green grass is developing a yellowish hue visible when  they … 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