Hints & Tips
After the confections of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flow Show with its stone and metal sculptures and latest varieties of every plant imaginable it’s time to get practical in our own gardens.
And if you’re looking for trends in care and appearance of the common lawn, then it would seem that stripes are in vogue this summer.
Small and medium sized lawns, say up to the size of a tennis court, do look better if they have a striped finish.
And it would appear that the well-dressed garden is wearing stripes this summer, neat parallel, a finish which needs greater concentration, or accusations of having had a drop before mowing might be made.
To achieve this you need a mower with a rear roller and this year there is a greater variety of this type than ever.
So if you are considering giving you lawn a treat, here are ten top roller mowers all at a great price, chosen from out pages dedicated to this type of machine.
The first is an all-time favourite.
from a British company, the Hayter Spirit 41 Petrol Push Rear Roller Lawnmower (Code: 617).
This is a neat little machine made for smaller lawns and getting around narrow gaps between flower beds and through gates.
A 125cc Briggs & Stratton engine provides the power for the blades and it has a full width rear roller letting you cut right up to the edges of the lawn.
The grass box holds 55 litres and the front of the mower has fins to smooth the lawn and lead to a neater finish.
There are seven cutting heights which go right down to 13mm and the chassis is made from aluminium so it will not corrode while the cutting deck is made from ABS plastic.
It costs £319, £50 off the recommended price and it is delivered free the next wor4kin g day with a three year warranty and fa free bottle of engine oil.
The Mountfield SP180R Self-Propelled Petrol Rear-Roller Lawnmower, currently on special offer, has a 100cc engine, an easy starter, and is fitted with a skied plate to protect the lawn from scalping.
The cutting width is 46cm so it is best for a small to medium-sized lawn and being self-propelled is less tiring to use.
The grass box holds 55 litres and there is an indicator to show when it is full. Cutting heights are from 20mm to 70mm.
New for this year, it costs £379, £100 off the recommended price.
This one has a five year warranty from Mountfield and is delivered free the next working day.
Now back to Hayter for another favourite especially easy to use.
The Hayter Spirit 41 Petrol Autodrive Rear Roller Lawnmower (Code: 619) is a top machine for the smaller lawn with a 41cm cutting width and seven cutting heights right down to 13mm for a really tight finish.
Front fins smooth the grass before it is trimmed leading to a better finish.
This one is powered by a 125cc Briggs & Stratton engine and the cutting deck has an ABS plastic lining.
This not only keeps lawn mowing noise down but resists corrosion.
The grass box holds 55 litres and is made from sturdy fabric.
It is also fitted with a cutter bar friction disc which will prevent damage to the crankshaft should you hit something solid.
The costs is £399, £70 less than the recommended price and it is delivered free the next working day with a free bottle of engine oil so you can get mowing straight away.
Plus there is a three year warranty from the manufacturer.
Now one from a popular manufacturer of garden machinery is the USA.
The Lawnflite LF48-SPBR Self-propelled Rear-Roller Lawn Mower has a 161cc Briggs & Stratton engine and has six cutting heights from a really short 15mm to 65mm.
It is fitted with an ABS plastic cutting deck which resists corrosion and has a really large, 70 litre, grass box.
The split rear roller makes it easier to turn and it has an alloy gear box for strength and a long life.
The cutting width is 48cm so it is suitable for medium sized lawns.
This one costs £428, £120 off the maker’s recommended price and it is delivered free the next working day with a two-year warranty.
Now another new and exclusive model and this one has a free 10-litre jerry can worth £24.95 as a free gift and one made with a lawn of around 1000m2 in mind.
The Morrison Oxford 48RS Self-Propelled Petrol Roller Lawnmower is a really well-designed and engineered mower powered by a Briggs & Stratton 163cc engine which runs quietly and starts quickly with no need to prime.
This one has an really low cutting height, right down to 10mm, and has an aluminium cutting deck which has a 15-year warranty.
It is also fitted with the maker’s Quick Cut blade claimed to reduce cutting time by 15 per cent.
The cutting width is 46cm and the grass box holds 54.5 litres.
The maker’s recommended price is £799 but we have it for sale for £599, a huge saving.
It has a five year warranty and we deliver it free the next working day.
A similar machine from the same stable is the Morrison Oxford 54RS Self-Propelled Petrol Roller Lawnmower.
Very well engineered with a Briggs & Stratton 190cc engine, this has a cutting width of 54cm and is made for lawns around 1500m2 in area. The engine fires up very easily with just a light tug on the starter cord.
Again, the maker’s own Quick Cut blade is fitted to reduce mowing time.
There are six cutting heights from 10mm to 70mm and the grass box holds a massive 70 litres so you can keep mowing for longer with rushing to the compost heap.
And again there is a free 10-litre steel jerry can.
It costs £699, £200 off the recommended price, has a five-year warranty and is delivered free the next working day.
Here’s another new model for this year from Mountfield with the added advantage that it lets you chose the speed at which you mow.
The Mountfield SP505R-V Petrol Rear-Roller Lawnmower (with Variable Speed) comes with a Honda 160cc engine with enough power to tackle sloping and uneven lawns and at the speed which suits the person mowing and the grass being cut.
The engine has been designed to start easily and give a long life with Dura-Lube technology.
Cutting heights are from 13mm to 65mm with eight positions. And it has a 75-litre grass box and a 48cm cutting width so you can a larger lawn in double quick time.
The cutting deck also has a port to which you can attach a garden hose for easy cleaning after use and so resist corrosion.
This one is priced at £699, £100 off the recommended price and has a five-year warranty. Delivery the next working day is free.
Back to a British manufacturer for one of the most popular mowers for larger lawns where a regimented, striped finish is needed as the highlight for a perfect country garden.
The Hayter Harrier 48 Autodrive Lawnmower with Variable Speed (Code: 490) is powered by a 190cc Briggs & Stratton engine a very easy and reliable starter which starts with just a light pull on the starter cord.
Being a variable speed mower you can speed up on the straight runs and slow down on the more difficult areas which makes mowing much less stressful.
The mower is fitted with a cutter bar friction disc to prevent damage to the crankshaft should you hit a solid object – like a tree! There is a lifetime guarantee against the crankshaft bending.
It has an aluminium chassis to resist corrosion and give the mower a really long working life.
The grass box holds a massive 70 litres. Delivery is free the next working day, and there is a free bottle of engine oil and a free 10-litre jerry can worth £24.95.
It costs £765, almost £135 off the maker’s recommended price, is delivered free the next working day and has a five year warranty.
Here’s another new one for this year from Mountfield and it’s a great mower for larger areas.
The Mountfield SP555RV Petrol Rear-Roller Lawnmower (with Variable Speed) has a powerful Honda engine, 190cc with low emissions and petrol consumption, made for a long, hard life.
It features a new mowing deck made from aluminium and steel and has a cutting width of 53cm and has cutting heights from 13mm to 65mm with eight settings.
The variable speed lets you cut grass at the speed which suits you and the conditions best and there is a facility to plug in the garden hose to clean it out when you’ve finished mowing.
It also has Mountfield’s unique Twinclip feature which cuts the grass twice and really packs it in to the 75-litre grass box.
This one is priced at £849, £150 off the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day with a five year warranty.
And finally a mower which is one of the best you can get for a perfectly-striped larger lawn.
The Hayter Harrier 56 Autodrive Lawnmower with Variable Speed (Code: 560) has a huge 56cm cutting width has a 190cc Briggs & Stratton engine.
It is built around a strong aluminium chassis and the cutting deck is lined with ABS polymer to resist corrosion to resist corrosion, improve airflow and give a neater cut.
Cutting heights are from 13mm to 60mm and the mower has Hayter’s cutter-blade friction disc to absorb any accidental impacts.
This one has a free bottle of engine oil and a free 10-litre jerry can worth £24.95, it costs £975, is delivered free within two to three working days and has a five year warranty.
With the weather forecast to warm up a bit and summer officially here, lawns should now be looking their best for the start of the barbecue season and neat stripes show off you garden like nothing else.
Remember you can always call us on 08454 588905 if you would like our advice before buying.