New ride-on mower at a special price ideal for the biggest lawns

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.
For the owners of really large gardens, this is a great bargain mower from a leading American company. The Snapper ZTX110 Zero-Turn Ride-On Mower has a powerful Briggs & Stratton Intek engine, a 656cc twin cylinder one mean on both fuel and noise. It is fitted with a two-stage air filter to give it a … Continued

Ten terrific deals to mark the Bank Holiday 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.
The garden in May is always a delight with flowers starting to bloom and the vegetable plot showing signs of a good crop. But this is also the time to keep the mower and strimmer going or you may lose control and mother nature will take over. So keep the lawn trimmed, the edges neat, … Continued

Exclusive and great value, two mowers to trim the Spring lawns

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 are two top value lawnmowers exclusive to MowDirect. The first is a wide cut machine with a couple of valuable extras and the second one which makes cutting curved lawn edges much easier. The Racing 5073T 4-in-1 Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Lawnmower is a powerful machine with a 173cc engine and an extra-large fuel tank. The … Continued

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