Hints & Tips
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 are ten gardening superstars from our site which will make the jobs faster and less tiring so that your Spring garden will look its best when warmer days arrive.
If you have a small lawn up to 800m2 and are happy to push it along, this could well be the one you want.
The Mountfield HP180 Petrol Rotary Hand-Propelled Lawnmower, currently on special offer, has an easy-starting Briggs & Stratton 125cc engine to power the cutting blade and has a cutting width of 45cm.
And being a mower which you push, it is far easier to work your way around flower beds and garden ornaments – it weighs only 25kg and has slightly larger rear wheels.
There are five cutting heights from 20mm to 70mm, though you’d be advised to leave the grass slightly longer if it’s the first trim of the year. And it’s also a good collector of wet grass and has a 55-litre grass box.
This great little mower is sturdy and reliable and has been a favourite with our customers for some time – see these reviews ‘cuts well, decent value for money’, said one.
Exclusive to MowDirect, the price is £199, £100 off the recommended price and it is delivered free the next working day with a two-year warranty.
The SP180 Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower is another on exclusive special offer from Mountfield, with a 125cc engine from Briggs & Stratton.
And with cutting heights from 20mm to 70mm it has been designed to cope with similar areas.
It has a 45cm wide cutting deck, but being self-propelled is easier to use, especially on the long straight runs of lawn.
The 55-litre grass box is made from fabric with a hard top which holds back the dust and pollen while allowing the air to pass through the sides and allows the clippings to be packed in.
This one costs £249, £100 off the recommended price and has a two-year warranty from Mountfield with free next working day delivery.
And this third mower from Mowdirect is another great favourite, this one for larger lawns around 1200m2.
The Mountfield SP533 Self-Propelled 3-in-1 Petrol Lawn Mower has a cutting width of 1200m2 and the company’s own 160cc engine giving bags of power if you want to trim rougher areas of the garden.
This one has cutting heights from 25mm to 90mm and has a 60-litre grass box similarly designed to pack in the cut grass. And it also has a mulch plug if you want to mulch the cuttings – but only do this when the grass is dry.
The steel cutting deck has been powder coated and resist corrosion.
Again this mower has a host of excellent reviews from previous customers. ‘Quality machine which both feels and looks good’ says one. ‘Good value product, easily assembled. Solid, heavy mower,’ says another.
It costs £329, £130 off the recommended price and has a three-year warranty. Delivery the next working day is free.
The next one is another exclusive mower, this one from a leading German engineering company.
The Einhell GC-PM 46 S-M Self-Propelled 4-Wheeled Petrol Lawnmower has the maker’s own 139cc engine and has a powder-coated steel cutting deck to give it a long life.
The 46cm-wide cutting deck means it is suitable for lawns around 1400m2 and it has nine cutting heights from 30mm to 80mm.
The grass box holds 50 litres and there is also a mulch plug supplied as well with this solid and reliable mower.
Again there are many of favourable reviews. ‘Excellent quality, functions and cut,’ says one.
It is priced at £239.95, £60 off the recommended price and it has a two-year warranty. Delivery the next working day is free.
This next on is exclusive to MowDirect and represents great value for money from another leading European manufacturer.
The Oleo-Mac G53-TK AllRoad Plus-4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower lets you cut and collect the clippings as well as mulch them but you can also discharge them at the back and the side.
This is especially useful for small paddocks and orchards where the finish is not so important.
The power is supplied by a 196cc Emak engine and cutting heights – there are six of them – are from 28mm to 75mm. The engine has plenty of power to tackle sloping lawns and rougher areas of grass with extra-large drive wheels to make turning easier.
The grass box holds 70 litres.
Again, this mower has proven a very popular machine. ‘Great mower which does just what we bought it for. It has tackled long grass well and the 196cc engine goes on and on and on,’ says one happy customer.
The recommended price is £499.95 but we have it for sale for £329.95 and we deliver it free the next working day along with a five-year warranty.
Now a British-mower which has been popular for years, one which leaves an iconic striped finish which you see on the lawns of many fine houses.
The Hayter Spirit 41 Petrol Autodrive Rear-Roller Lawnmower (Code: 619) is made for smaller lawns with its 41cm cutting width.
This has a 125cc Briggs & Stratton engine and an aluminium cutting deck to resist corrosion and give the mower a long life. It also has fins at the front of the cutter deck to smooth the lawn before it is cut which leads to a more even finish.
It has a ribbed rear roller and will cut down to a really tight 13mm and the cutter deck has an ABS plastic lining to resist corrosion and five this mower a long life.
It also has a friction disc so if a solid object is hit the crankshaft is protected.
Reviewers said ‘After mowing my grass twice at different heights this afternoon it looks superb.’ ‘It’s easily the best mower we have ever had,’ said another.
It costs £419 compared with the recommended price of £495 and is delivered the next working say for free with a three-year warranty.
Now a piece of kit which will ensure you have a great lawn which ever mower you choose to buy.
Lawns need to breathe just like us and this machine will let moisture and nutrients penetrate the soil by teasing out dead grass and flat growing seeks as well as moss.
The Einhell GC-SC 2240P Petrol Lawn Scarifier has a 118cc engine and six working heights and 18 steel blades to tease out all the rubbish.
The first time you scarify a lawn you’ll be amazed at the amount of debris which comes out and you’ll need to leave off the debris catcher and rake up the rubbish.
Lawns should really be scarified every four to six weeks for best results.
The working width of this German-designed machine is 40cm making it suitable for areas up to 1000m2.
This has been a long-time best seller. ‘Amazing value to get a petrol driven scarifier of this build and quality at such a reasonable price,’ said one customer.
It costs £299.95, £200 off the recommended price and has a two-year warranty and free next working day delivery.
There are so many jobs at this time of year and once the lawn’s ship-shape there’s the vegetable garden or allotment which needs you urgent attention.
A good tiller is not only a time-saver but may well save you from a damaged back and this one is a great-value machine.he Oleo-Mac MH175RK Front-Tine Tiller with Reverse Drive has a 183cc Emak engine to drive nine tines powerful enough to get through heavy clay.
The reverse gear is a great feature on this tiller as it makes it much easier to release the machine should it get dug in.
Another very useful feature is the 80cm tilling width which can be reduced to 60cm later in the year when you need to till between the rows of crops to keep the weeds down.
And yet another attribute is that the handles can be adjusted laterally so you don’t need to walk on ground you’ve just turned over.
This exclusive tiller costs £399, £200 less than the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day with a five-year warranty.
We are the country’s leading retailer of lawn and garden tractors and have a huge selection which you can see on these pages.
Here are just a couple to whet your appetite.
The Mountfield 1538M SD Lawn Tractor is a side-discharge tractor suited to orchards and paddocks but you can also fit a mulch plug for the more formal areas.
It is powered by a 452cc GGP engine and has seven cutting heights from 25mm to 80mm and counter-rotating cutting blades which create a very powerful air flow in the cutter deck to stop the machine getting clogged.
It has five gears and one reverse and wide tyres to give plenty of grip on inclines and muddy paths and there are headlights for use when it gets murky.
This has proved to be a really popular tractor and costs £1449, £200 off the recommended price and we deliver it free within two to three working days with a two-year warranty.
But for a small extra sum you can order by 3pm Friday and have it delivered on Saturday.
Previous customers have said ‘Excellent little workhorse!!!’ ‘Excellent little workhorse!!!’
And this exclusive machine from a British brand is another very popular and exclusive little workhorse.
The Lawnflite 603 XT-S Lawn Tractor has a 420cc MTD engine and is an excellent collector of wet grass – always useful in this country –with a built-in fan to blast the clippings into the 200-litre grass box.
It has five cutting heights from 30mm to 95mm and clippings can either be collected or discharged at the back. The cutting width is 76cm and it can handle areas of around 4000m2.
With this tractor, which is fitted with a tow bar, you get a trailer worth £199 completely free.
It is very easy to drive with Transmatic transmission and a very tight turning radius.
The price is £1599, £200 off the recommended price and it has a two-year warranty with free delivery within two to three working days. Again, Saturday delivery is an option for an extra fee.
‘Ideal for our garden as it’s small enough to get through the gates and large enough to cut a quite large area,’ said a previous customer. ‘All in all I am very happy with my purchase and can recommend MowDirect and this ride on’ said another.
And please give us a ring if you would like advice before purchasing anything, we are here to help with years of experience in garden machinery.