Buyers' Guides

Expert advice from Sally Drury on how to choose and buy horticultural equipment for landscaping, sports turf maintenance, parks, green spaces, amenity turf and botanic and historic gardens. How to choose tractors, mowers, chainsaws, hedgecutters and other machinery for fuel efficiency, fast work cycles, low maintenance overheads, green fuel options and operator comfort.

Latest Buyers' Guides

Buyers' guide - chainsaws

Buyers' guide - chainsaws

Chainsaw sales are buoyant at the moment; it's that time of year. Winter gale damage needs clearing and firewood preparing.

Buyers' guide - Woodchippers

Buyers' guide - Woodchippers

Details of the latest machines currently being offered by the major suppliers in the market, collated by Sally Drury.

Buyers' guide - Liquid fertilisers

Buyers' guide - Liquid fertilisers

Foliar feeds are a fast and effective way to get nutrients into plants, Sally Drury explains

Buyers' guide - Polytunnels

Buyers' guide - Polytunnels

Protecting your crops with the most up-to-date structures can help you to secure the best prices, Sally Drury explains.

How to buy - blowers, vacs and sweepers

How to buy - blowers, vacs and sweepers

Handheld, walk-behind, ride-on, mounted and trailed machines with different power options are available for all jobs across a range of sites, Sally Drury explains.

How to buy - aerators and scarifiers

How to buy - aerators and scarifiers

Using the right equipment is essential to ensure that grass roots get the air, water and nutrients they need to thrive, Sally Drury explains.

How to buy - tractors

How to buy - tractors

Tasks, implements and power requirement should all be considered when choosing the right model for your needs, says Sally Drury

Buyers' guide - Controlled-release fertiliser

Buyers' guide - Controlled-release fertiliser

Precision, convenience and labour savings have all contributed to the increased popularity of these products, Sally Drury explains.

Buyers' guide - pots and containers

Buyers' guide - pots and containers

New developments include a trial of biodegradable pots and research on the benefits of decorating, Gavin McEwan explains

How to buy - hedge trimmers

How to buy - hedge trimmers

Most hedges need to be cut or trimmed several times a year and the choice of kit will depend on their size, species and setting, Sally Drury explains

How to buy - Tree guards and shelters

How to buy - Tree guards and shelters

Young and newly planted trees need protection against a range of threats to their successful establishment, says Sally Drury.

How to buy - tree stakes and ties

How to buy - tree stakes and ties

Various options are available to support young trees, Sally Drury explains.

How to buy - liquid fertilisers

How to buy - liquid fertilisers

Foliar feeding can be useful when plants require a supplement, Sally Drury explains.

Buyer's guide - blowers, vacs and sweepers

Buyer's guide - blowers, vacs and sweepers

Many of the latest tractor-mounted and towed machines can improve productivity, Sally Drury explains.

Latest Machinery Tests

Tested and reviewed - Arboriculture kit

Tested and reviewed - Arboriculture kit

Reviewed - Woodchippers

Reviewed - Woodchippers

Review - Utility vehicles

Review - Utility vehicles

Review - Chainsaws

Review - Chainsaws

Review - Trimmers and brushcutters

Review - Trimmers and brushcutters

Latest Market Reports

Blowers: the options

Blowers: the options

Pitch renovation and preparation

Pitch renovation and preparation

Waste management

Waste management

Labels and labelling

Labels and labelling

Tree guards and shelters

Tree guards and shelters

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