Ten great machines to keep the garden looking great after all the rain

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 holiday season reaches its height you could bet the weather would turn, and so it has. Most parts of the country has torrential rain excellent for making the grass (and weeds) spring into life but not good if you’re on a beach holiday with fractious youngsters. Those who stayed at home will be … Continued

Garden bargains galore in our super, sizzling summer 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.
Holidays are costing a fortune what with kids demanding ice cream and older members of the family who should know better spending oodles of spondulix on days out and visits to watering holes. But you don’t need to spend a fortune on the latest machinery to keep the garden in order thanks to our brilliant … Continued

Ten top bargains in our super summer 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.
Now is a great time to get stuck into the garden and also a good time to re-new any gardening machinery which is getting a bit tired and past its best by visiting our great summer sale. Lawnmowers, hedgetrimmers, brushcutters, we’ve got the lot at the best prices. Even a lawn tractor for playing-fields and … Continued

Ten top machines for the larger lawn – and all at very keen 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.
Cutting the lawn can be quite therapeutic. You need to work out where to start so the job is done in the least possible time and then make sure that you’re keeping the lines straight. And do you cut the fiddly corners first or last? And have you got the cutting height set correctly according … Continued

Ten top mowers to give your lawn that sophisticated 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.
Neat stripes on the lawn are all the rage at this time of year as we glue our eyes to Wimbledon and drool over the perfect grass on the tennis courts. Even this year, when there is little green to be seen after the baking hot sun of June, the courts are close to perfection. … Continued

Ten great bargains in our summer sale from small mowers to giant 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.
There are gardening bargains galore in our summer sale, so if your old mower or hedgetrimmer is nearing its end or if your garden tractor is running out of puff we have the ideal replacement at a great price. For a full list of the products in our sale see these pages, but to give you … Continued

Ten top mowers to keep the lawns lush and party ready

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 a jungle out there. Not the state of that rough patch which used to grow vegetables and is now used to dump hedge and grass trimmings, but the vast selection of lawnmowers which can be bewildering when  you come to need a new one. Most people plump for a rotary mower – the ones … Continued

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