Hints & Tips
The end of August is traditionally a time of parties and waving goodbye to the long summer break – at least for children and teachers.
But it is also when the garden needs a bit more attention as the main summer flush of growth has abated and lawn edges and hedges and the lawn can tend to look a bit scruffy.
So here to help you prepare for the long Bank Holiday break are ten top machines, all in stock, to help you bring back the looks of Spring.
It’s possible that your old faithful mower is close to giving up the ghost after a hard summer and if you’re looking for a replacement this might be the answer.
Einhell GC-PM 46 S-M Self-Propelled 4-Wheeled Petrol Lawnmower, currently on special offer, is a German-engineered machine with a 139cc engine and a 46cm cutting width, the size you want for a medium to large-sized lawn.
It fires up easily and has nine cutting heights from 30mm to 80mm. And with a powder-coated finish will resist the inevitable scratches and also corrosion.
The 1.3 litre fuel tank will keep you mowing longer and the grass box holds 50 litres. A mulch plug is supplied if you prefer to deal with the clippings that way.
It is priced at £249.95, has a two-year warranty and is delivered free the next working day.
This one is from Italy and is another very popular mower from a leading European manufacturer.
The Oleo-Mac G53-TK AllRoad Plus-4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower, another on special offer is made for medium to large-sized lawns and can tackle all manner of grass types.
With the one, clippings can either be discharged from the side or back, where finish is not so important, or they can be collected or mulched.
It is powered by a 196cc Emak engine designed to be quiet and economical, powerful enough to deal with sloping lawns and rougher areas.
Cutting heights are from 25mm to 85mm with six positions and it comes with a 70-litre grass box.
Cost: £319.95, £180 off the recommended price and it has a five year warranty. Next working day delivery is free.
Lawn edges and unkempt areas need to be kept looking neat as much as lawns and this machine can certainly do the trick.
Mitox 33L Petrol Brushcutter is light and easy to use and as it a looped handle so you can kept in tight corners which can defeat other designs.
This has a solid drive shaft and can hack though thick undergrowth like banks of nettles and bramble thanks to its 32.6cc engine.
And it has a bump-feed strimming head with nylon cord to keep lawn edges neat, right up to fences and brick walls.
When more line is needed, simply bump the head on the ground.
This machine is great value at £139, £70 off the list price and is delivered free the next working day with a two-year warranty.
For another £135 you can buy am articulating hedge trimmer attachment with a 40cm blade, making it even greater value for money.
Mountfield is one of Britain’s favourite brands and this hedgetrimmer is certainly one for the shortlist.
Mountfield MHJ2424 Double-Bladed Petrol Hedgetrimmer (61cm Blade) has double reciprocating blades.
And with tooth spacing of 28mm it can tackle thicker growth which might not have been trimmed for a few years.
The 61cm blades mean you can get through lone runs of hedging quickly and easily, especially as it weighs only 5.5kg.
And with a three-position rear handle, hedge sides and odd shapes are no problem.
It is currently on special offer with £40 off the maker’s recommended price and costs £139. Delivery the next working day is free and there is a one year warranty.
Now a machine new for this year and exclusive to MowDirect and one which can make all the difference to the lawn.
Einhell GE-SA 1335P Petrol Combi Scarifier / Aerator is two machines on one. For use as an aerator, it has a roller with 20 knives to cut small slits into the lawn to allow moisture and nutrients through to the roots.
Change the roller to a scarifier, and 26 spikes will tease out dead grass and moss as well as flat-growing weeds, allowing new growth to prevail and flourish.
The power is from a 53.2cc Einhell engine with a large fuel tank and the machine has three working depths so you can be as vigorous as you chose.
This is a great buy to £199.95, a full £200 off the recommended price. There is a two-year warranty and free next working day delivery.
Many of you may have neglected areas of paddock or orchard where a mower just can’t penetrate yet still needs regular trimming.
This little machine will do the trick.
The MD Tondu Wheeled Trimmer Mower has a 160cc engine to drive a front strimming head. And thanks to the machine’s design it can be pushed right close to fences and brick walls and close to trees.
The thick nylon strimming line is remarkably good at cutting down established banks of thick weeds like nettle and reed. And it can also be used on paths and road verges and banks as it is light and very easy to push along.
Large wheels and rubber tyres give it strength and manoeuvrability.
The working width of the machine is 56cm and it has cutting heights from 35mm to 70mm.
Replacement line costs £20 for ten sets and the machine is delivered with ten sets to get you started.
The trimmer costs £279, £120 off the recommended price and it has a two year warranty.
If you are an allotment holder or owner of a large vegetable garden, this machine will certainly earn its crust.
Oleo-Mac MH175RK Front-Tine Tiller with Reverse Drive is new and exclusive to MowDirect and is great value for money.
A 183cc Emak engine powers steel tines to turn over even stubborn, hard-baked clay soils.
It has an 80cm tilling width but this can be reduced to 60cm so you can till between the rows of growing crops to keep the weeds down. And it is also supplied with a set of crop protection discs. The working depth can also be adjusted.
A great feature of this machine is the reverse gear, very handy if the tiller becomes ‘dug in’ or backing away from the end of a row if there is not room to turn.
This tiller is just £379, £150 off the recommended price ands is delivered free the next working day.
Plus, there is a five-year warranty.
And finally three lawn ride-ons and lawn tractors which have their uses all year round.
For lawns just too big for a mower this popular ride-on will do the trick.
Lawnflite Mini Rider 60RDE Ride-On Mower is a very easy machine to get on to and to drive especially on damp grass.
It has a Briggs & Stratton engine with Transmatic Shift-on-the-Go transmission and gives cutting choices with a 150-litre grass box as well as optional mulch kit and rear deflector plate.
There are five cutting heights from 38m to 95mm and the turning circle is just 46cm making it easy to mow around trees and garden ornaments. The cutting width is 60cm.
The driver’s seat is adjustable.
The recommended price is £1399, but we have it for sale for £1199.
Delivery is free and within two to three working days but you can order up to 3pm Friday and have it delivered the Saturday for an additional fee. The warranty is two years.
For larger lawns this one could be the answer, the MTD Direct-Collect Lawn Tractor with a 92cm cutting deck.
This has a 420cc MTD engine to give the power and is an excellent collector of wet grass with two cutting blades developing a powerful air current in the cutting deck.
There are five cutting heights and a mulch kit and rear deflector plate are also available.
The grass box holds 240 litres and can be emptied without leave the driving seat.
The cutting deck is very easily removed without tools and has small wheels which lift it over undulations in the lawns to avoid scalping.
It costs £1599, £300 off the recommended price and has a two year warranty with free delivery within two to three working days of receiving your order.
Weekend delivery is available for an extra payment.
And finally a best-selling lawn tractor with an 84cm cutting width.
The Mountfield 1530H Lawn Tractor has a 452cc engine and hydrostatic transmission so it drives much like an automatic car and it has a six-litre fuel tank.
The twin cutting blades again develop a strong air current under the cutting deck which leads to efficient grass collection even when it’s damp – the grass box holds 240 litres.
Cutting heights are from 25mm to 80mm with seven settings and tractor is very comfortable to use with an adjustable and padded seat and heavy pneumatic tyres to give excellent grip when it gets damp.
When you’re finished cutting grass, just attach a garden hose to the cutting deck to clean it.
You can buy a grass deflector plate fur use when cutting longer grass and a mulch plug for use in the summer when the clippings are dry.
The price is £1799, £200 off the recommended price and it has a five year warranty and free delivery within two to three working days. Again you can order by 3pm Friday and have it delivered on Saturday for an extra payment.
These are just tens of the thousands of pieces of garden machinery on our site.
And if you can’t see what you want please give us a ring on 08454 588905 – we’re here to help you.