Hints & Tips
The first great gardening weekend is upon us where families long to forsake the joys of crowded roads and kids screaming for ice cream and concentrate on the area of weeds and jungle previously known as the garden.
Rains and the occasional burst of sunshine have given plants a real boost, even where the ground has not been touched for months and a little hard work now will bring its rewards in weeks to come.
Lawns need trimming and treating to encourage new life and the forgotten patches need cutting back now or they will develop into an urban jungle in a few weeks’ time.
To celebrate the time of growth in the garden we have put together ten great deals on garden machinery to take much of the back ache out of gardening.
And here’s the first, a mower new for this year which is already proved a best seller.
The Racing 5073T 4-in-1 Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Lawnmower is exclusive to MowDirect and is a versatile and high spec mower at a great price.
With a 173cc engine and large fuel tank, the high-wheel mower can handle uneven lawns and scrubby areas as well as manicured lawns making it really versatile.
And that versatility is continued with the four ways of dealing with cut grass. You can either discharge it to the back or side or collect in the 65-litre grass box or mulch it when conditions allow.
There are six cutting heights from 20m to 70mm (don’t cut the lawn too low to start with) and with its cutting width of 50cm it can handle larger lawns, say up to 1500m2.
The cutting deck is made from steel and has a wash port to make cleaning at the end of the day an easy task, and the grass box has an indicator to show when it is full.
You also receive a spare blade and a mower cover in the price of £249, £150 less than the recommended price.
It is delivered free of charge the next working day and has a two-year warranty and for another £39 you can buy a leaf collector, a hand attachment when autumn comes.
Another exclusive mower which is the answer to lawns littered with trees and benches is the Einhell LE-PM 51S HWT Comfort-Turn Lawnmower.
The front castor wheel means you can scoot round obstacles with little effort and can follow the intricacies of curving flower beds much more quickly that with a conventional lawnmower.
It is also a mower which can handle large areas as it has a 51cm cutting width making it suitable for lawns up to 1400m2.
This one lets you collect of mulch the clippings and discharge to the side and back and has a German engineered 196cc engine for power.
This is a rugged mower with a steel cutting deck to give a long life and great rigidity.
The recommended price is £499 but we have it for sale for £279 with free next working day delivery and a two-year warranty.
One customer commented ‘Excellent . Had this a few weeks now and love the ease of use. The 3 wheels make all the difference moving around obstacles etc’ Other reviews are here.
Now an exclusive mower we helped to develop using the latest lithium-ion battery technology. And once you have the battery and charger – and these are included in the price – you only need buy the tool for other equipment in the range.
The Redback E137CQ-2Ah Cordless Lawnmower runs on 40V batteries with long run times delivering power equivalent to petrol engines but without the smells and emissions and without the weight as well.
And they will re-charge to capacity in only 20 minutes.
This mower has a 37cm cutting width making it suitable for lawns around 400m2, has a 40-litre grass box and cutting heights from 25mm to 75mm.
There is a dial on the handlebar so you can keep an eye on the charge level.
It costs £299 compared with the recommended price of £397 and this includes the battery and charger.
We deliver it free within seven working days with a three-year warranty.
‘No Complaints. Excellent price, well made and does what it says on the tin. Can’t fault it,’ says our most recent reviewer. Other reviews are here.
And once you have the mower, this versatile tool is even great value for money.
The Redback E312D Cordless Grass-Trimmer has a pivoting and tilting cutter head so you can trim small areas of grass and cut the lawn edges as well.
It has an aluminium shaft which is adjustable to suit the height of the user and keep the weight down.
The head has a protector so you won’t trim through the shrubs near the lawn edge and rotates 90 degrees so you can use it as an edger as well.
It costs £89, £10 less than the recommended price and has a two-year warranty with free delivery within seven days. A belt to hold the battery costs £39.
One customer commented ‘Excellent. I now have all the products in this range, The build quality is good, and the performance excellent!’
A drive along country lanes will show you how verges are growing at the moment, and here are a couple of machines form a leading German engineering company to deal with banks of weeds and bramble.
The Einhell GH-BC Petrol Brushcutter + Free Kit has an easy-starting 25cc engine and both a strimming head and cutting blade.
The 42c, strimming head will deal with lawn edges and lets you feed out more line simply by tapping it on the ground.
The 23cm cutting blade has three mean teeth to hack down nettles and dock as well as brambles.
It also has a shoulder harness and combined with the chopper-style handlebars lets you use it in a sweeping motion so you can cover large areas.
With this strimmer you also receive a free safety helmet complete with visor and ear defender, free work gloves and a two-stroke mixing bottle.
The whole package costs £129.95, £70 off the recommended price and it is delivered free the next working day with a two-year warranty.
‘Excellent. Fantastic strimmer especially for the price. Lots of power and easy to store as it folds away. Fantastic.’ That was one customer’s view. Other reviews are here.
This tried and trusted machine has received a string of positive reviews. ‘Great Piece of Kit. Easily cleared the wilderness on my newly acquired allotment with the brushcutter blade. I’m looking forward to using the strimmer to trim the grass,’ said one reviewer.
The next one also from Einhell is the type preferred by professional gardeners who spend long periods strimming and cutting.
The GE-BC 33 AS Low-Vibration Brushcutter has a double bearing mounted crankshaft and a triple rubber shock absorber to dampen vibrations from the 32.6cc engine.
This has the maker’s Easy Start system which has an automatic choke and simple primer.
It is supplied with a metal blade with three mean teeth and a twin spool strimming head – the head spools out more line just by tapping it on the ground.
A centrifugal clutch cuts in when needed and a split aluminium shaft keeps the weight down and makes it easy to transport.
It costs £169.95 compared with the recommended price of £349.95 and is delivered free the next working day with a two-year warranty.
‘Great Value – Well Built. We used it to clear several months of tough reed and grass using the nylon strimmer. The weight didn’t pose any problems and it started exactly as the instructions indicated,’ said one satisfied customer.
Lawns are not looking their best at the moment after a miserable winter and while they are growing they will flourish even more if the surface moss and dead weed is cleared away.
And here are a couple of handy devices to help with this.
First, the Al-Ko Comfort 38E Combi-Care Electric Aerator / Scarifier, with its two cassettes.
The first has 14 steel blades which cut small slits into the lawn to allow moisture to penetrate to the roots.
The second has 24 sprung hooks which tease out moss, dead grass and flat-growing weeds which strangle growth.
The power is from a 1300W electric motor and it has five working depths selected with a dial adjuster.
There is also a 55-litre box to catch the debris and the body of the machine has a smooth underside to stop debris sticking to it.
Delivered free the next working day, it costs £169, £20 less than the recommended price and has a two-year warranty.
One review commented ‘Well Worth The Money. The scarifying cylinders are heavy duty and well made; the machine is highly effective on even extremely thickly thatched grass. If you have a very small lawn you may well get by with something cheaper, but for a lawn of any size this machine does the business.’ Other reviews are here.
The next one is for larger lawns, around 1000m2 and is a tried and trusted best seller.
The Einhell GC-SC 2240P Petrol Lawn Scarifier has 18 hardened steel blades to ease out the rubbish which accumulates over time on the surface and has a 45-litre catcher for the debris.
But if you haven’t scarified your lawn for some time, leave it off the first time and rake up the debris – there will be a lot of it!
A 118cc engine powers the blades and it has six working depths and a 40cm working width.
We believe this is one of the most borrowed pieces of garden equipment so it has folding handles which are handy when the brother calls to borrow it.
It costs £299.95, £200 below the recommended price and it has a two-year warranty with free delivery within seven days.
‘Highly Effective Simple Machine. Well-made, easily assembled, readily started piece of kit which enabled me to scarify a large area of lawn in one day, that took almost four weeks to do with a spring rake last year,’ said one happy customer.
Now, for those of you with larger areas of grass to mow, a couple of popular lawn tractors.
The Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor has twin cutting blades and an 84cm cutting width making it suitable for areas up to 5000m2.
It has cutting heights from 25mm to 80mm and a grass box which holds 240 litres fitted with an alarm which sounds when you need to empty it. And it can be emptied without leaving the driver’s seat.
The engine is Mountfield’s own 452cc model, tried and trusted and easy to start at the turn of a key and designed for a long life with five forward and one reverse gear.
The fuel tank holds six litres.
It is a very comfortable tractor to drive with a high-back adjustable and sprung seat. And if you’re still working when evening falls there is a pair of headlights to light the way.
You can buy a mulch plug and grass deflector kit for use when cutting longer grass as optional extras as well as a tow bar.
Delivered free within two to three working days it costs £1749, £200 off the recommended and it has a five-year warranty.
One happy customer wrote ‘Excellent Product (A lot of fun). Delivery easy, very helpful staff. This Mower is amazing, the ride quality is outstanding and the transmission top notch. The cut also is outstanding, with a clean cut every mow. Always starts first time and no problems at all so far! As far as I am concerned, this is an amazing product.’
And this German-manufactured tractor is another popular machine and it has a free garden trailer and tow bar.
The Al-Ko T16-92HD Twin-Cylinder Lawn Tractor is powered by a twin-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine and is made for lawns around 6000m2 in mind.
It has a 92cm cutting width and has six cutting heights and a 220-litre grass which can be emptied from the driver’s seat.
The Hydrostatic drive means it drives much like an automatic car making it easy to steer around trees and garden furniture.
It is also comfortable to drive with a high-backed seat and the cutting de4ck has anti-scalp wheels to follow the contours of the lawn with damaging it.
The free steel tipping trailer is worth £199 and the tow bar another £49 making this an excellent buy at £2299, £400 off the recommended price.
We deliver it free within two to three working days and it has a five-year warranty.
These are just ten of the great gardening bargains on our site. If it’s a lawnmower you are looking for we have an unrivalled selection on these pages.
And if you need a ride-on or lawn tractor you can see these here – we are the country’s leading retailer of these handy little workhorses.
And for these or anything else you need for your garden please ring us on 03454 588905 – we are here to make sure you buy the correct machine for your needs.
‘This is our second purchase from MowDirect and as always excellent customer service and very fast delivery. Nothing is too much trouble and always find a solution to any questions asked. Seamless service from order through to delivery. Would happily recommend them!’ Kay. (TRUSTPILOT)