Hints & Tips
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 a light trim not a full-on short back and sides, but you will have seen some new growth.
But, and we hate to mention this, there is still time for a late frost, so by all means lower the cutting height of your mower a tad, but don’t go in for a full tight crop just yet.
And if you prefer to mulch the clippings chose the day carefully or you’ll be left with unsightly clumps of cut grass dotting the lawn.
It’s at this time of year that many people realise that their old mower which has performed sterling service for years has probably wheezed its last. So it you are looking for a new mower for a larger lawn here’s a good shortlist to start with, ten top mowers from our extensive list and from major suppliers around the world.
This one is from Italy and an exclusive to us, the Oleo-Mac G53-TK Comfort 3-in-1 Petrol Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
Suitable for lawns around 1200m2 it has a 159cc Emak engine, an easy starter and has a cutting width of 51mm – 20in.
Being a self-propelled mower, it is easier to use on sloping lawns and trundles along at a comfortable 3.6km/h.
Cutting heights are from 28 mm to 75mm and it has a grass box which holds 60 litres.
The body of the machine is powder coated to resist corrosion and give it a longer life.
Also included is a mulch plug if you prefer to deal with the clippings this way when it is dry.
To see what other customers think of this machine their reviews are here. ‘Now had this mower for 2 seasons. Its performance is fantastic,’ says one.
It costs £249.95, £150 off the recommended price and has a five year warranty with free next working day delivery.
The next one is from the USA, another exclusive to MowDirect and new for this year.
The Lawnflite 19SPW 4-in-1 Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower has a 173cc engine and really is a mower for all types of grass.
For with this one you can either collect or mulch the cut grass or you can discharge it to the side or back where the finish does not need to be so neat, like paddocks or orchards and hidden bits behind sheds and garages.
It has a throttle control so you can set the revs according to the thickness of the grass and it has eight cutting positions from 25mm to 65mm. The grass box holds 60 litres and has an indicator to show when it is full.
It has large drive wheels which give great grip and won’t damage damp lawns.
It is priced at £269, £130 off the recommended price and we deliver it free the next working day with a two-year warranty.
The Mountfield SP533 Self-Propelled 3-in-1 Petrol Lawn Mower is on special offer and another exclusive mower and has proved a very popular machine with a string of favourable reviews from previous customers.
This machine has a 51cm cutting width making it suitable for lawns around 1200m2 and has Mountfield’s own 160cc engine.
The five cutting heights range from 25mm to 90mm – this last one very handy if you want to tackle the slightly wilder areas.
The grass box has a capacity of 60 litres, and there is also a free mulch plug.
Delivered free the next working day with a three-year warranty it costs £329, a great saving on the recommended price of £459.
This next one is another which has proved a very popular mower with loads of positive reviews. ‘Best mower I’ve ever had’ said one recent customer.’ ‘Great value hard-working mower,’ said another.
The Oleo-Mac G53-TK AllRoad Plus-4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower is another very versatile machine which can collect and mulch the clippings as well as discharge them to the back and side.
This one has a super-powerful 196cc Emak engine so it can handle sloping lawns and rough, unkempt areas with ease.
It is a very solid mower with steel cutting deck and with a wider cutting width can take on lawns up to 2000m2. The grass box holds 70 litres.
It has extra-large 180mm drive wheels for excellent grip and so it can handle rougher patches easily.
This next one is a beast of a mower with a wide cutting width and rugged construction.
The price is £329.95, £170 off the recommended price and we deliver it for free the following working day. And it has s five-year warranty.
The next one is a beast of a mower with a wide cutting width and rugged construction.
The Jupiter 53SPA Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower with Alloy Deck is another exclusive special offer and is a beast of a machine, ruggedly built with a wide aluminium cutter deck to take one lawns around 2000m2.
Clippings can either be collected or mulched of dropped at the back and it is powered by a 170cc engine.
Other handy features are a carrying handle and a bumper at the front, just in case.
It costs £349, £80 off the recommended price and we deliver it the next working day with a two-year warranty.
The next one is from a firm steeped in Britain’s gardening history and a firm favourite almost from the day mowers were invented.
The Hayter Motif 48 Autodrive Lawn Mower (Code: 439) has a Briggs & Stratton 150cc engine, reliable and an easy starter.
The engine has a friction disc to protect it from serious damage if the mower hits something really solid. It also has a steel cutter deck ABS lined to keep the noise down and guard against corrosion.
It has eight cutting heights from 35mm to 55mm and a grass box which holds 59 litres and is recommended for lawns up to around 1200m2.
With this mower you get a 10-litre steel jerry can worth £24.95 completely free.
The mower costs £388 compared with the recommended price of £539 and it has a three-year warranty and a free bottle of engine oil.
Now another from Italian manufacturer Oleo-Mac, but this one lets you chose the speed at which you mow.
The Oleo-Mac G53-VK AllRoad Plus-4 Lawn Mower with Variable Speed Drive has a variable speed drive to the rear wheels from 2.5km/h to 4.5km/h so you can vary the speed to suit the grass which you are trimming.
This has a 196cc Emak engine to give loads of power and has a cooling system to keep the running temperature down and prolong the life of the engine.
The cutting width is 51cm and with its 70-litre grass box it can tackle large areas, up to 2000m2.There are six cutting heights from 28mm to 75mm.
The mower is priced at £429.95, £170 below the recommended price and we deliver it free the next working day with a five-year warranty.
Now a German mower, solid, powerful and with variable speed.
The Einhell GE-PM 53 VS-HW 5-in-1 Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower (with Variable Speed) also has five ways of dealing with the cut grass.
The mower lets you collect the clippings – it has a massive 80-litre grass box – or you can mulch them when conditions allow.
The for the rougher areas you can discharge them to the side or back or simply drop them where they are cut.
Powering it along is a Briggs & Stratton 150cc engine, a very easy starter designed for a long life and with a large fuel tank.
Another feature of this mower is the specially-shaped blade and clever cutting deck which forces the grass stems upright before they are cut giving a neater, more even finish.
It has six cutting heights from 27mm to 70mm and a 80-litre grass box with an indicator to show when it is full.
The handle has three adjustments and there is even a tool to help clean it and a carrying handle and front bumper.
Of the mower, one customer said ‘solid German engineering that looks like it will last for years. All in all an excellent purchase at a fantastic price.’ Other reviews appear here.
It costs £449.95, £150 less than the recommended price, has a two-year warranty and free next working day delivery.
The Mountfield SP555V Variable-Speed Combi Lawn Mower (Honda Engine) is made with lawns up to around 2500m2 in mind and has a cutting width of 53cm.
It allows you to collect the clippings, discharge them at the back or mulch them and has a 70-litre grass box.
A really tough machine it has an aluminium cutter deck to resist corrosion and a 190cc Honda engine which is reliable and quiet in running.
There are seven cutting heights from 25mm to 77mm and it is fitted with a TwinClip blade which cuts the grass twice and creates a powerful airflow, an excellent feature for when the grass is wet as it leads to better collection.
This mower costs £599, £80 off the recommended price and it has a five-year warranty. We deliver it free the next working day with a free bottle of engine oil.
And it has a five-year warranty.
And finally a mower designed with really large areas in mind – around 3000m2.
This mower can take on large areas of rough grass and is a genuine alternative to a ride-on.
The Toro 20975 TimeMaster Twin Cut Lawnmower has a 76cm wide cutting deck and is fitted with twin blades to mulch the clippings very finely, but there is also a grass box which holds 88 litres.
It also lets you discharge longer grass to the side – cutting heights are from 32mm to 108mm.
The power is provided by a Briggs & Stratton 190cc engine, a very easy starter, designed to minimise emissions and fuel use.
It is designed to match the speed to your walking pace and to tackle rough and sloping ground. For very challenging conditions it has traction assist facility.
A blade-brake clutch means you don’t have to stop the engine when crossing gravel of tarmac paths.
This machine costs £949 compared with the recommended price of £1099 and is delivered free within two to three working days with a three-year warranty and a free bottle of engine oil.
You can see reviews of the mower here.
And don’t forget ALL our petrol mowers come with FREE OIL as well as FREE DELIVERY
These are just ten machines we think worthy of consideration if you have a large lawn, but please give us a ring if you can’t find the one which matches your needs.
We’re on 020 3697 9432 during normal office hours and our unrivalled selection is one these pages.