From little ride-ons to estate garden tractors, here are ten top machines for larger 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.
More than half way through January and while the weather is not conducive to weeding the shrubberies, spring bulbs have poked their heads above the ground and a few daffodils are actually in bloom. Now is the time to buy a ride-on or lawn tractor, before the lawns and paddocks really burst in to life, … Continued

New stocks of our most popular mowers have just arrived

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.
Gales, sleet, snow, typical January weather. But if you need a new mower – yes, the grass will grow again and sooner than you think – now’s a good time to buy. We have new stock of three top-selling machines just arrived and one of these will be the right machine for the majority of … Continued

Time to prepare the vegetable garden – here are ten top tillers to save you from back pains

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.
January is the month of broken resolutions and the headaches which seem to cut in when credit card bills thud on to the mat. Many a dry January resolution has already been tested by the ‘just one glass in the evening won’t hurt’ phrase and resolves have been tested when approaching the bar and somehow … Continued

Top-selling lawn tractor, a machine for all seasons

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.
MowDirect is the country’s leading retailer of lawn and garden and tractors and this model from one of Britain’s favourite brands has been our best seller for the last three years. The Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor is a tractor which has it all – a great price, a wide enough cut to tackle 5000m2, twin … Continued

Battery power, the future of garden machinery

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.
Battery-powered garden equipment will be hitting the headlines next year as more manufacturers introduce equipment designed to take advantage of the new technology. Lithium-ion battery power has come on in leaps and bounds recently offering equivalent power to petrol but with no emissions and equipment which is far lighter. And you will find that once … Continued

How to survive the winter storms – here are ten great pieces of kit to see you through the worst

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 soon as one storm with an appealing name blows itself out, another comes whistling in felling trees, leaving roads flooded and gardens looking a mess. Fallen trees need to be cut up and moved and the debris left behind needs clearing away. That’s always presuming that the house is not flooded and we can … Continued

Powerful log splitters from Mitox now back in stock

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 credit card bills due to thud down on to the mat very soon you can keep home heating costs down by lighting a wood fire. And while you may think that wielding a hefty axe is a good way of losing excess Christmas inches it is inadvisable if you are not used to it. … Continued

Save yourself a packet in our New Year sale – prices will be going up soon

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.
Now’s the time to take advantage of our New Year sale if you have an old mower that’s passed its best or a strimmer that doesn’t strim anymore. See these pages for our great bargains on garden equipment – prices on many items are going up in the new year and you could save a … Continued

Don’t just sit there, get out into the 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.
Well that’s that for another year. We hope you had a thoroughly enjoyable Christmas and if you did you probably need a walk in the countryside or a few hours in the garden to blow away the excesses. You can always spend time turning the compost heap, or cutting down some of the perennials which … Continued

Ho! Ho! Ho! Take advantage of our last chance Christmas 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.
We have had some unbeatable garden machinery bargains recently and this is your last chance to take advantage of these. Whether it’s a late Christmas present or planning ahead for the Spring, now’s the time to buy as some of these essentials for the gardener will be increasing in price next year. So have a … Continued