Take back control in the garden – here are ten top strimmers and brushcutters for summer

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.
While families pray for hours of unbroken sunshine for summer barbecues and country strolls, gardeners would like a bit of rain now and then for the flowers and vegetables, and especially the lawn. With no immediate prospect of black clouds on the horizon, apart from political ones, rougher patches of vegetation seem to keep growing … Continued

Ten top wheeled trimers, field, brush and scythe mowers made to cut down the thickest scrub

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.
Depressing isn’t it? Already past the longest day so the evenings from now on will be shorter and all we have to look forward to is bitter winter snow and ice. But for now the sun blazes down on most of the country and while lawns don’t need trimming so often verges and rougher parts … Continued

Ten top hedge trimmers – there’s one for every garden big or small

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.
Time to trim the hedges of their Spring growth, for nothing shows off a garden large or small as well as a neat hedge or even a piece of elaborate topiary. But before trimming please check there are no nesting birds still sitting on their eggs of tending their young. Many young have now flown … Continued

Top mowers for the small to medium sized lawn, plus a robot to do the work for you

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 don’t want a big mower made to deal with acres of grass. Most of us want a simple mower, easy to start and use which will give our lawns front and back a neat, cared-for appearance. So this week’s top ten will feature mowers made for lawns under 1000m2. All are from industry … Continued

Ten top machines to give you a perfect lawn ready for the summer barbecue

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.
Crack open a bottle, for tis the season of barbecues, warm white wine which has lost its fizz and black and blue meat – charred black on the outside and raw in the middle. And tis also the season when our gardens should be looking their best with perennial shrubs in bloom or about to … Continued

Ten terrific deals to mark 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.
The garden in May is always a delight with flowers starting to bloom and the vegetable plot showing signs of a good crop. But this is also the time to keep the mower and strimmer going or you may lose control and mother nature will take over. So keep the lawn trimmed, the edges neat, … Continued

Ten top machines to trim lawn edges, the thickest of scrub and banks of weeds

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 areas of longer grass and scrub have grown a-pace recently after a good soaking and warming sun and are threatening to get out of hand. Nettles have started growing as well as the white heads of cow parsley and you need to trim this growth back now before it overwhelms the garden and … Continued

Spring has sprung at last – here are ten top mowers to get the lawn back in trim

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 Spring finally trips in with warmer days and plenty of growth in the borders and grass, we can now set out sites on a great-looking lawn for summer. And a lawn the envy of friends of neighbours can only be achieved with a top quality mower. So here are ten mowers which we recommend … Continued

It’s getting hot out there so here are ten great Bank Holiday gardening 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.
The first great gardening weekend is upon us where families long to forsake the joys of crowded roads and kids screaming for ice cream and concentrate on the area of weeds and jungle previously known as the garden. Rains and the occasional burst of sunshine have given plants a real boost, even where the ground … Continued

The ten best ride-on mowers reviewed and rated five stars by you

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 country’s biggest retailer of ride-ons and lawn and garden tractors, we are uniquely positioned to help you buy the right machine for your property. Whether it be a little ride one for areas just a little too big for a mower with a wide cutting width or a machine for larger paddocks we … Continued