What is Scarifying and Why Should I Do It?

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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I assume that if you are reading this you are interested in lawns. Whether it’s a beautifully striped outside carpet, the kids football pitch or merely a way of filling up that awkward space in the garden, the lawn is a highly popular British icon and on any given Sunday you will see people of … Continued

Does My Lawn Look Big In This?

I recently read a very interesting article in the Daily Mail online (yes I know) about stripes and part of it suggested the traditional view that vertical stripes make you look thinner is a load of Trump and that actually horizontal stripes are the way to go. Then it changed its mind. Define ‘very interesting’ I … Continued

Blower Blew Up. Bruno Borrowed Better Blower. Redback Cordless Blew Him Away!

Last Friday was not a good day. I blew it. My old, mains electric leaf blower I mean. It went up in a big puff of smoke. I wasn’t asking that much – just the usual blast here and there. But no. It has gone to the great mulcher in the sky. Frankly, it wasn’t … Continued

What Your Lawn Wants To Tell You. “Get These Flipping Leaves Off Me!”

We’ve been banging on about leaf clearing a lot lately. Well, there’s a good reason for that. Have you looked outside? It’s a veritable carpet of gold, red, yellow and that funny mottled dark bronzy colour you only see in leaves and on David Dickinson’s face. And the rain has been falling and, yes like … Continued

Scars and Stripes – Bring The Old Glory Back to Your Garden

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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You will have seen in yesterday’s blog that our country gardener and equipment specialist Dick has been extolling the virtues of the lovely and sleek Lawnflite LF43-SPBR Self-Propelled Rear-Roller Lawn Mower,  a silver fox of a lawn mower direct from the USA. Well, Dick knows his stuff, and let’s face it, so does Lawnflite so you … Continued

Fallen Leaves – Forlorn Lawn

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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As Autumn starts to set in for real, we will no doubt start “oohing” and “ahhing”about the all pretty colours,  as Dick points out so eruditely yesterday in his blog on Wheeled Leaf Sweepers. Almost as though falling leaves are the natural precursors to  the fireworks that we love so much on November the Fifth. … Continued

Two Top Sweepers to Clear Leaves from Your Lawn and Help Your Back

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.
Autumn is setting in for real and soon the parks and pavements will be brimming with gold, russet and brown hues. The last to lose their leaves are often the Oak and the Beech but some are thinning out already. Time then to think of a clean sweep of your lawn, yard, path, drive or patio. … Continued

Ten Top Machines for the Autumn Toolshed

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.
Leaves changing colour, falling temperatures, and the gradual erosion of our sunlit evenings is a sure sign that Autumn is on the way. We’ve enjoyed a variable Summer season but I don’t think we can complain. We had a fair share of sunny days to enjoy our gardens and now we have to knuckle down and … Continued

September Song – Mournful Tune or ABBA Hit?

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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I don’t know about you but September, no matter how sunny, warm or calm brings out a certain air of melancholy in me. Whether it’s because I’m already starting to freeze, store and pickle produce for the Winter (well, actually, starting to pass it on to Mrs Drew to pickle, she’s better at it than I) … Continued

Cidre with Rosé. Apples Abound But No Stripes For The French.

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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Yes. You’ve gone and guessed it. I was in Normandy for my holidays. It’s a beautiful place, friendly, pretty, very French (obviously) and full of wonderful produce, tasty hand reared chickens, pungent firm onions, plump rabbits, naturally coloured purple and white and yellow carrots (the orange colour we are so used to was bred in … Continued