Ten top deals to give your garden a Spring clean ready 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.
April is always a busy time in the garden with Spring growth producing a thousand and one jobs. If it’s not the flower beds then the vegetable plot needs attention. And once those are sorted there are patios to spruce and the drive to weed. And then there’s the small matter of the lawn. But don’t … Continued

Ten top mowers in stock and ready for delivery

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.
Easter is traditionally the time when most people venture out to the garden to prepare for the summer to come. There’s flowers to plant, vegetables gardens to till and paths and patios to spruce up ready for barbecues when it gets a bit warmer. But most of all, this is the time of year when … Continued

Ten top combi mowers to let you take the rough with the smooth

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.
Every garden has them. That odd bit of grass behind the shed or garage or alongside the paths which needs trimming back a few times each year but will never look anything decent. For these odd areas the finish is not as important as the lawn and you don’t always need to collect or mulch … Continued

Ten top mowers for a larger lawn, all delivered quickly to your door for free

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 a little warmer weather you can at last get out into the garden for some serious work, and there’s plenty of it. Flower beds need a tidying and fertilising, the vegetable plot needs turning over and seeding and the lawn needs trimming. You’ve probably already given it the first haircut of the year, just … Continued

Ten top superstars to give you a garden others will envy

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 very welcome warming sun has certainly had an effect on lawns and flower beds with early Spring growth wakening the grass and flower borders. There are threats of colder weather blowing in but there are loads of jobs in the garden which will keep us warm. And to get you in the mood, here … Continued

Ground-breaking technology which revolutionises lawn mowing – here are ten of the latest machines

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.
Everyone remembers their first car. Mine was a Ford Anglia and was a wonderful car until I hit a holly tree. I suspect I’m not alone in crashing the first car. But how about the first lawnmower. The one I used to cut my parent’s lawn was the type you pushed along and the drive … Continued

Need a new lawn tractor? Here are ten top deals from the UK’s leading brands

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-ons are essential if you have large areas of grass to maintain, so here are ten of the best deals you’ll find on these machines. While most are equally at home on lawns and rougher areas like paddocks and orchards, make sure you choose wisely before buying and give us … Continued

Lawns large and small, we have mowers which are just right for them all

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.
Early Spring storms seem to be becoming the norm. Just as soon as you resolve to cut the grass gales of wind and lashing rain sends us back inside to the comfort of a warm fire. But lawns now need a trim, a very light one, and the gales will at least dry out lawns … Continued

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