Ten top scarifiers to tease out the rubbish from your lawn and let it flourish

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.
How many of you have taken a quick stroll across the lawn in the recent milder weather just to see how it all looks. Alright, I know it looks green, but is there any moss lurking in the damper areas? Are there any clumps of dead grass? And does it look, well, a bit choked … Continued

Ten top deals to welcome the Spring – it’s coming soon, we promise

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.
Spring is on the way, honestly. Walk round the garden and you can see bulbs pushing their heads through the soil. And have a look at the roses. Leaf buds are forming. And wrens and robins and blackbirds know, judging by their song. So to whet your appetite, here are ten early season gardening deals … Continued

Ten top mowers and lawn tractors to herald the start of Spring

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.
Might we just dare to believe that we’re in for an early Spring? Certainly the birds think so for the blue tits have started chirruping in the hedges and the wrens are joining. And take a look at the borders and you’ll see bulbs peeking through and roses with plenty of new buds. Lawns are … Continued

Ten top mowers for the coming Spring all at great prices

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.
At last that vicious wind looks like abating and we can start to dream about the first blackthorn flowers in the hedgerows and maybe even see an inkling of new growth in shrubberies and lawns. And to coincide with this we are launching our campaign highlighting brilliant new mowers for the coming year. All are … Continued

Time to get tilling: here are ten top machines to turn the soil

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 milder weather forecast for the next few weeks for most of us, as my mate Drew hinted at yesterday, now is an excellent time to turn over the soil on the vegetable gardens and allotments. Winter frosts, and there are sure to be a few of them before winter is out, can then do … Continued

Ten top garden tractors with finance available to help spread the cost

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 main grass growing season fast approaching this a great time to buy a lawn tractor thanks to our finance facility. This enables you to spread the cost on a new ride-on over 12, 24 or 36 months paying as little as £38 per month. We are the country’s leading retailer and largest supplier … Continued

Keep the home fires burning. Log splitters and chain saws at special prices

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 often happens in the early New Year the wind has started blowing from the north and east and temperatures have plummeted. This is the time of year when you are grateful for a wood-burning stove or fireplace, for there is nothing to beat a comfy armchair in front of a log fire while the … Continued

A ride-on mower for under £1000 in our top ten from the winter sale

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.
It’s sale time and here at MowDirect we have compiled 50 great deals on garden machinery – there’s a bargain for every gardener. From mowers to tractors, from snow blowers to hedge cutters there will be something in our sale to tempt any keen gardener.ide-on And now is the time to buy with special prices … Continued

Beat the crowds – ten top gifts to delight any gardener and delivered in time for Christmas

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 last minute rush to the shops will really kick in to gear this weekend. The roads will be packed with speeding drivers, there’ll be fisticuffs at the checkouts and wailing kids and drunks celebrating Christmas in the only way they know how. But it needn’t be like this if you’re looking for a worthwhile … Continued

Ten great mowers to delight any gardener, and all with a free sleigh ride to your door

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.
Lawnmowers might not be the most glamorous present at Christmas but they are among the most practical. For youngsters moving in to their first house they are not at the top of the most wanted list. For the more mature, a new mower might have been on their wish list for some time but as … Continued