Powerful brushcutting machines to sort out the thickest vegetation

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
It’s one of the great mysteries that has been baffling gardeners for generations. Why do weeds grow more quickly than flowers and vegetables? Currently banks of thick weeds are flourishing on verges and around the edges of gardens spoiling the overall look of the garden. There is a range of machines from USA company DR … Continued

Three new lawnmowers, German engineered for reliability and strength

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
New for this year, these three lawnmowers from leading German engineering company Al-Ko are solid and efficient and have long warranties to give you peace of mind. The first, the Al-Ko Easy 4.2 PS Petrol Push Lawnmower is made for lawns around 800m2 in mind with a 42cm cutting width. The blades are powered by … Continued

Ten top machines to give you a perfect lawn ready for the summer barbecue

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Crack open a bottle, for tis the season of barbecues, warm white wine which has lost its fizz and black and blue meat – charred black on the outside and raw in the middle. And tis also the season when our gardens should be looking their best with perennial shrubs in bloom or about to … Continued

New ride-on mower at a special price ideal for the biggest lawns

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
For the owners of really large gardens, this is a great bargain mower from a leading American company. The Snapper ZTX110 Zero-Turn Ride-On Mower has a powerful Briggs & Stratton Intek engine, a 656cc twin cylinder one mean on both fuel and noise. It is fitted with a two-stage air filter to give it a … Continued

Ten terrific deals to mark the Bank Holiday weekend

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
The garden in May is always a delight with flowers starting to bloom and the vegetable plot showing signs of a good crop. But this is also the time to keep the mower and strimmer going or you may lose control and mother nature will take over. So keep the lawn trimmed, the edges neat, … Continued

Exclusive and great value, two mowers to trim the Spring lawns

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Here are two top value lawnmowers exclusive to MowDirect. The first is a wide cut machine with a couple of valuable extras and the second one which makes cutting curved lawn edges much easier. The Racing 5073T 4-in-1 Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Lawnmower is a powerful machine with a 173cc engine and an extra-large fuel tank. The … Continued

Roller mowers from a leading British brand to give a classic striped finish

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
With plenty of vigorous growth in the lawns, you can now start to lower the cutting height on your mower. But remember that the grass needs trimming at least once a week at this time of the year, more if you’re after a lawn to make your neighbours jealous. Make sure the edges are trimmed … Continued

Ten top machines to trim lawn edges, the thickest of scrub and banks of weeds

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Verges and areas of longer grass and scrub have grown a-pace recently after a good soaking and warming sun and are threatening to get out of hand. Nettles have started growing as well as the white heads of cow parsley and you need to trim this growth back now before it overwhelms the garden and … Continued

Top scarifier to get rid of the debris on your lawn now at a very special price

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Sun, then rain, then sun, the cycle continues. Lawns grow, shrubberies erupt into fresh life, miraculous when you consider the bitterly cold winter when snow covered frost-hardened ground and it looked as if nothing would ever grow again. But nature always wins in the end, even though the gardeners have to give her a hand … Continued

Spring has sprung at last – here are ten top mowers to get the lawn back in trim

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
As Spring finally trips in with warmer days and plenty of growth in the borders and grass, we can now set out sites on a great-looking lawn for summer. And a lawn the envy of friends of neighbours can only be achieved with a top quality mower. So here are ten mowers which we recommend … Continued