Ten top machines to keep the garden shipshape after the storms

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.
Autumn gales and storms have made their impact on the garden and there’s more to come according to the all-seeing weather men and women. So here are ten top pieces of kit to keep your lawns and borders looking good. We’ve selected leaf blowers, chainsaws, a scarifier and a lawn tractor which will earn their … Continued

Ten brilliant gardening bargains to make autumn gardening 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.
Much of the country is set for warmer weather and in to next week so now’s the time to spend a few hours grass cutting, leaf clearing and keeping hedges neat. So here are ten top gardening bargains from top international manufacturers to make life easier. And we hesitate to mention the C word but … Continued

Ten top machines for the autumn garden challenges

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.
Autumn has blown in with gales and lashings of rain, but it’s still warm enough for plants to flourish. Window boxes and tubs still have plenty of life in them and don’t bother getting set for the big autumn prune yet. I mean trimming back summer growth not a giant dried plum. So here are … Continued

Leaf clearance needn’t be a problem, here are ten top machines to do the job

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 annual fall has started and leaves need to be regularly cleared otherwise they will stop light and moisture getting to the lawn and inhibit autumn growth Besides, nothing spoils the look of a house as much as leaves on the drive and flower beds. But don’t throw them all on the compost heap, pack … Continued

Ten top tools to make autumn gardening 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.
Season of mists, maybe, but it is also the season of a huge amount of work in the garden. Lawns are lush, hedges still sprouting, leaves are a-tumbling and have I cut enough wood for winter? Better check. These warm September day are just right for getting out in the garden and getting things shipshape … Continued

Ten top ride-ons and tractors for autumn, plus some handy time-saving gadgets

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.
Ride-on mowers and garden tractors come into their own in the autumn. First, lawns need to be trimmed, but not that short, so they have a decent covering of grass to protect them from the winter frosts and snow. But if you have a garden tractor, you have a year-round workhorse which can tow all … Continued

Ten top mowers in our special September Deal Time Promotion

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.
Dew-soaked autumn lawns often are too much for lawnmowers which have struggled through the summer but now is a great time to buy a new one in our September Deal Promotion These mowers, many exclusive and from top manufacturers represent great value for money, and while many people buy new ones in the Spring, the wise … Continued

It’s Deal Time – have a look at our great gardening bargains for September

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 is a distinctly autumnal feel to the mornings with the grass soaked with dew and a slight nip in the air. And while the flowers are still blooming healthily and the lawn growing quite rapidly it feels as if autumn with its beautiful colours and falling leaves is only just round the corner. It … Continued

Ten top garden machinery bank holiday bargains – the grass and weeds don’t know it’s a holiday

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.
To celebrate the last bank holiday of the year we have put together a list of ten great gardening bargains including top names in the world of mowers and other equipment. And though you may take a break this holiday weekend, the grass and hedges keep growing and will need attention when you get back. … Continued

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