Roller mowers from a leading British brand to give a classic striped finish

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 plenty of vigorous growth in the lawns you can now start to lower the cutting height on your mower. But remember that the grass needs trimming at least once a week at this time of the year, more if you’re after a lawn to make your neighbours jealous. Make sure the edges are trimmed … Continued

Ten top machines to trim lawn edges, the thickest of scrub and banks of weeds

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.
Verges and areas of longer grass and scrub have grown a-pace recently after a good soaking and warming sun and are threatening to get out of hand. Nettles have started growing as well as the white heads of cow parsley and you need to trim this growth back now before it overwhelms the garden and … Continued

Top scarifier to get rid of the debris on your lawn now at a very special price

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.
Sun, then rain, then sun, the cycle continues. Lawns grow, shrubberies erupt into fresh life, miraculous when you consider the bitterly cold winter when snow covered frost-hardened ground and it looked as if nothing would ever grow again. But nature always wins in the end, even though the gardeners have to give her a hand … Continued

Spring has sprung at last – here are ten top mowers to get the lawn back in trim

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 Spring finally trips in with warmer days and plenty of growth in the borders and grass, we can now set out sites on a great-looking lawn for summer. And a lawn the envy of friends of neighbours can only be achieved with a top quality mower. So here are ten mowers which we recommend … Continued

Two heavy-duty machines to cut back the thickest scrub

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 recent scorching weather has given the weeds and verges a real boost especially after recent deluges. These areas need to be cut so they do not take over and become impossible to control and here are a couple of machines which make the job simple – certainly less tiring than using a scythe or … Continued

It’s getting hot out there so here are ten great Bank Holiday gardening deals

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 first great gardening weekend is upon us where families long to forsake the joys of crowded roads and kids screaming for ice cream and concentrate on the area of weeds and jungle previously known as the garden. Rains and the occasional burst of sunshine have given plants a real boost, even where the ground … Continued

Top brushcutter to cut back the banks of weeds and brambles before they get out of hand

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 garden has scruffy areas you’d rather people didn’t see. Nettles, thick banks of weed and brambles galore combine to form a mini jungle. And while you can tolerate these areas they do need to be kept down and cut regularly. Modern brushcutters have made the job much easier than slashing away with an ancient … Continued

British mowers from Hayter – your chance to earn your stripes

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.
Neat stripes on a well-trimmed lawn make us think of tennis, strawberries and cream and straw hats, a typical summer’s day, the like of which we shall see this coming week if the weather people are correct. We can’t do much about the strawberries and straw hats, or the weather come to that, but we … Continued

The ten best ride-on mowers reviewed and rated five stars by you

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 country’s biggest retailer of ride-ons and lawn and garden tractors, we are uniquely positioned to help you buy the right machine for your property. Whether it be a little ride one for areas just a little too big for a mower with a wide cutting width or a machine for larger paddocks we … Continued

Top-selling powerful mower with a host of great features

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.
A mower we introduced exclusively this year, the Racing 5073T 4-in-1 Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Lawnmower, is proving to be a great hit with our customers and is already one of our best sellers. Not surprising as it offers loads of features normally only found on more expensive machines and has a really powerful engine. With its … Continued