Time to get gardening again – here are ten top machinery deals to make life easier

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 sweltering weather comes to an end and welcome rains start to tumble, the gardens will need some attention. Lately it’s been too warm to do much but now’s the time, with cooler temperatures, to get to work so here are ten top garden machinery deals to get you working again. The one areas … Continued

Ten top machines to trim back all types of hedges – and the tops

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 we haven’t all got topiary like this, but neat hedges with vertical sides and perfectly level tops announce to the world, here lives someone who takes a pride in their garden. And now’s the time to get out the hedgetrimmer for the major cut of the year – You may already have given them … Continued

Ten top summer deals on ride-ons and garden tractors

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.
Lawn and garden tractors and ride-on mowers are becoming increasingly popular for many gardeners fed up with trundling up and down large lawns behind a conventional lawnmower. Here at MowDirect we are the largest retailer in Britain of this type of machine as we have a huge selection and offer personal advice so you buy … Continued

Ten top mowers, some new and exclusive, to give your lawn the garden party look

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.
‘Doesn’t your lawn look nice,’ the ultimate compliment for anyone hosting a summer party with the inevitable cremated sausages and salads and tepid wine. With the recent rain, lawns have greened up nicely and should now be looking their best. The secret to keeping them looking good is regular trimming. How short you cut the … Continued

Ten top strimmers and brushcutters to keep the garden neat and tidy

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 path edges and those awkward bits of land which seem to specialise in growing nettles and weeds are growing their fastest rate so far this year. Clearing odd patches of ground festooned with weed and bramble are one of the least rewarding parts of gardening but need to be trimmed back nonetheless as … Continued

Ten great machines to get your garden party-ready for 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.
With the Spring Bank Holiday next weekend many of you will be planning your first summer party of the year. You know, warm wine, cremated sausages and soggy puddings your neighbour always brings along. But at least you can make sure the garden in good shape – flower beds weed free and planted out, lawns … Continued

Now’s the time to tackle the rough stuff – here are ten top tools for trimming the undergrowth

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.
Most gardeners are searching the internet at the moment to learn the rudiments of doing a rain dance. But lawns are still growing albeit slowly and need regular light trimming to encourage growth when the heavens decide to open. And banks of weeds brambles never seem to stop growing. Now is an ideal time to … Continued

The lawns in fashion are wearing stripes this spring, so here’s ten top striping mowers

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.
Fashions come and go in the garden just as much as haut couture with old-fashioned plants like hollyhocks and delphiniums one year and scabious and penstemon the next. And so it is with lawns, and this year lawns will be wearing stripes. There is no doubt that a perfectly-striped lawn is a real picture, typifying … Continued

Ten top machines at great prices for May

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.
Mayday! Mayday! The lawn’s in a mess and I need a new mower. Don’t panic, as Corporal Jones would say, while panicking. MowDirect are here with ten top bargains to deal with the problem. We’ve every sort of mower from little hand-propelled ones for small lawns right up to large lawn tractors for grand estates … Continued

Time to get mowing – ten top lawn tractors delivered to your door next day

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.
Lawn tractors are increasingly popular with anyone with a largish garden, a year-round workhorse saving hours of time. If you have a large lawn they are an essential as they are just about the only way of keeping the grass in trim. And with a garden trailer, leaf sweeper or fertiliser spreader of scarifier attachment … Continued