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Did you know that Edwin Beard Budding patented the lawnmower in 1830? It took him some ten years after filing the patent to bring the first lawnmower into actualization.

Today, we all rely on lawnmowers to cut our grass, and the thought of doing it by hand hardly crosses our mind as we push the mower along.

There are hundreds of lawn mower models available from numerous brands. We realize that selecting a new lawnmower can be a daunting task, and we decided to take the hassle out of your research with this review.

We look at the ten best push mowers available and give you our top three picks as well. Read through our buyer’s guide for more information on how to choose the right push mower to suit your yard.

Top Picks for the Best Push Mower

If you don’t have time to read the review, then we put together our top three choices for your consideration. We looked at each of the models in this review and decided to pick the best three based on value, premium build quality, and affordability.

Top Pick – GreenWorks 25022

GreenWorks 20-Inch 12 Amp Corded Electric Lawn Mower 25022
  • Durable 20-Inch Steel Deck
  • Powerful 12 Amp Motor
  • 3-In-1 (Mulching, Side Discharge, and Rear Bag)
  • 7-position height adjustment offers a range of cutting height from 1-1/2 to 3-3/4 inches for all grass types
  • Push Button Start. Drive system: manual

The GreenWorks 25022wins our award for the best overall push mower in this review. This lightweight mower is a corded version that offers you 3-in-1 performance. It’s best for small to medium-size yards and offers exceptional performance.

Runner Up – EGO Power+ LM2001-X 56V

RYOBI 40-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Attachment Capable String Trimmer, 4.0 Ah Battery and Charger Included
  • Attachment capable: accepts RYOBI expand-it attachments and other universal gas attachments to save time, money and space
  • 40-Volt lithium-ion high capacity battery and 90-minutes charger included
  • 13 in. to 15 in. adjustable cutting width for longer run time or wider cutting path
  • Reel-easy bump-feed string head for fast and easy reloading
  • Variable speed trigger for cutting control

The EGO Power+ is our choice for the ru8nner up in this review. This battery-powered push mower offers you excellent power and performance, with 3-in-1 action. The rapid charging system and long-lasting battery pack give you plenty of run time, and you don’t have to worry about any power cords getting in your way.

Best Budget Option – Sun Joe MJ401E

RYOBI 40-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Attachment Capable String Trimmer, 4.0 Ah Battery and Charger Included
  • Attachment capable: accepts RYOBI expand-it attachments and other universal gas attachments to save time, money and space
  • 40-Volt lithium-ion high capacity battery and 90-minutes charger included
  • 13 in. to 15 in. adjustable cutting width for longer run time or wider cutting path
  • Reel-easy bump-feed string head for fast and easy reloading
  • Variable speed trigger for cutting control

The Sun Joe MJ401E is the best budget-beater push mower in this review. It’s lightweight, cuts fast, and comes with an affordable price tag that makes it within reach of any homeowner. The Sun Joe looks like a no-frills push mower, but the build quality and design of this machine are excellent.

The Best Push Mower Reviews

When we set out to review the best lawnmowers, we found that there are hundreds of models available from numerous manufacturers. Compiling this list was challenging, but we fell that these machines offer you the best option for a push mower.

From electric to battery-powered, and even petrol-powered lawnmowers, this review brings you the best options available. Read through our buyer’s guide section for more information on selecting the right push mower for your yard.

GreenWorks 25022 Push Mower

This push mower is the top choice in this review for the best all-round mower for your yard. This lightweight mower is both affordable and efficient at cutting your lawn. You get 3-in-1 operation, with a collection bag and mulching operation, and the electric operation of this machine means it runs near-silent.

The GreenWorks 25022 comes with a 12-Amp motor that drives the 20-inch blade for the fast cutting action. The lightweight nature of the mower means you can effortlessly push it along during operation. You get excellent maneuverability from this push mower, and it can wheel its way around tight corners and spaces in your yard with ease.

The cutting deck of this push mower measures at 20-inches, giving you plenty of cutting width. The durable steel blades offer resistance to stone contact while providing a clean cut to your lawn. The handle on this machine folds for compact storage, and the large plastic rear wheels traverse any surface with ease.

This 3-in-1 push mower is ideal for any size garden, and its powerful motor combined with mulching action makes it ideal for any gardening enthusiast that wants to mulch their grass clippings.

Pros:
  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver.
  • 3-in-1 operation.
  • Best suited for smaller yards.
  • Clean cutting.
Cons:
  • Power cord gets in the way during operation.

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EGO Power+  Electric Push Mower

With the EGO Power+, you get a battery-operated push mower with an outstanding run time of 90-minutes. Most battery-powered mowers struggle to reach the 60-minute mark with battery life, but this machine adds 50% more power to your mowing session.

This mower comes fully-enclosed, allowing you to operate it in a variety of weather conditions, with excellent results. You get fast-charging capability with this mower, allowing you to cut your lawn and then recharge the machine in a few hours. The lithium-ion battery is both long-lasting and durable, and you can expect a long service life from the power cell.

With the EGO Power+, you get a 20-inch cutting deck that’s suitable for use on a medium to a small-size yard. The machine weighs 80-pounds, which makes it one of the heaviest in this review. However, the placement of the battery and the over-size rear wheels make maneuvering this mower around your yard a breeze.

You also get five-position heights to select, allowing you to cut your lawn to any length you desire.

This push mower suits homeowners that have larger yards where extension cords can’t reach. The battery-powered operation of this push mower makes it an environmentally-friendly choice. You get a near-silent operation that won’t disturb your neighbors and extended run time for larger yards.

Pros:
  • Battery-powered operation.
  • Fast charging time.
  • Easy to maneuver.
  • Long run time.
  • High-power output and clean cutting action.
Cons:
  • Costly

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Sun Joe MJ401E

For those homeowners looking for the best value push mower in this review at an affordable price, then the Sun Joe MJ401E is your best choice. This machine comes with plenty of power from its 12-Amp motor, and you get a compact design that makes this machine ideal for use in small yards.

This electric corded model is efficient and powerful, with a maximum extension of 100-meters, making it easy to access all of the corners of your yard.

The machine also features push-button start that fires the mower to life effortlessly with the push of a button. The compact design of this machine makes it easy to store away in a small space without cluttering up your tool shed.

Featuring a fast cutting action, and large plastic wheels for easy maneuverability, this push mower will make short work of cutting your grass. The mower comes with a collection bag for your grass clippings, but you don’t get any mulching action with this machine.

This mower features three height settings, allowing you to cut different types of grass to the right height to avoid damaging the roots. This mower is suitable for use in any terrain, and it moves along effortlessly with a light push.

The 12-Amp electric motor in this push mower suits 14-gauge extension cables to add more length to your mowing. We think that the Sun Joe offer remarkable value for your money, and it’s the reason why this machine earns a place in our top three picks in this review.

This push mower suits homeowners that need an affordable machine for a small yard. The extended cord allows you to reach anywhere in your yard with ease, and the powerful 12-Amp motor will cut your grass fast and efficiently. This mower is best for use in smaller homes and townhouses.

Pros:
  • Affordable
  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver.
  • Compact
  • Fast cutting action.
Cons:
  • Power cord gets in the way during use.
  • No mulching action.

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GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX Battery-Powered Push Mower

For those homeowners looking for a battery-powered option with extended run time, the GreenWorks 25302 G-Max is the ideal option for environmentally-friendly mowing. This machine features a dual battery pack for an extended run time of the machine. You get 50% more service life than you would from other battery-powered models.

The GreenWorks G-Max might be a touch expensive, but if you have the budget available, then it’s possibly the best option in this review for sustainable lawn mowing. Unlike corded models, you get the freedom of movement with this push mower. The manufacturer placed the battery pack in the middle of the machine, providing excellent balance while pushing the mower.

We like the way you can pull one of the batteries from the machine and charge it without interrupting your mowing session. The machine features a 5-position height adjustment lever to allow you to cut your grass to any length you desire.

The GreenWorks G-Max also features twin blades that spin at fast speeds for a clean cut that’s superior to any of the other models in this review. However, the expensive price tag on this machine might put off many buyers. However, if you have the budget available, then we highly recommend adding it to your gardening tool collection.

You get a 3-in-1 lawnmower action with the Green/Works G-Max, allowing you to collect your clippings and mulch them for use in the garden. With a 20-inch cutting deck, you get more mowing coverage, and less time spent going back and forth on your lawn with the mower.

While the GreenWorks is a battery-powered model, it remains lightweight, weighing 45-pounds. You can effortlessly push this mower around your yard, with an ergonomic handle that reduces operator fatigue.

The GreenWorks G-Max battery-powered push mower is the best premium choice in this review. If you have the money to buy this machine, then you’ll find it to be the best lawn mower you ever own.

Pros:
  • Extended run time with dual battery system.
  • Lightweight and powerful.
  • Near-silent operation.
  • Easy to move in tight spaces.
Cons:
  • Dual blades are expensive to replace.

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Poulan Pro 961120134 Hi-Wheel Push Mower

If you’re a fan of gas-powered mowers, then consider the Poulan Pro Hi-Wheel, with its powerful Briggs and Stratton 140cc motor. This machine has hi-rise rear wheels for easy maneuverability on rough terrain. This gas-powered model offers excellent performance, and suits larger lawns with tougher grass in some spots.

The powerful motor cuts the most robust species of grass with two passes, and you get discharge and mulching capabilities included with the mower. The engine in this machine offers excellent torque, with a 5.00 ft-lb gross torque power output for easy use and first-time starts.

If you want quality, you have to pay, and this is not a cheap lawnmower by any means. However, you get what you pay for, and this machine will last you a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. You also get a 4-stroke motor with this model, meaning that you don’t need to add any oil to the fuel before starting.

Make sure you service the mower at least once a year to keep it running in perfect condition, season after season. You get a 21-inch cutting deck with the Poulan Pro, and four height adjustments to cut your lawn to your preferred length. The lawnmower doesn’t feature powered rear wheels, but it’s light enough to push along without much effort.

This option is an excellent mower for homeowners with larger yards. While it cannot push itself along like other gas-powered mowers, it’s still a powerful machine worthy of your consideration.

Pros:
  • A lightweight gas-powered push mower.
  • Fuel efficient with fast cutting action.
  • Easy to push.
Cons:
  • Requires manual servicing every year.
  • No rerar-wheel drive system like other gas-powered models.

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Yard Machines 140cc Push Mower

The Yard Machines 140cc petrol mower is a gas-powered machine suitable for large yards. The mower features three positions to adjust the cutting deck to your preferred grass height. You also get smaller wheels for easy maneuverability in tight spaces, without crushing any flowers or shrubs.

With the Yard Tools gas-powered mower, you get a powerful gas-model, with a compact footprint that makes it easy to store away in the toolshed after use. The extended handle gives you plenty of leverage and control over the machine, and you get the benefit of a 4-stroke motor that doesn’t require you to mix fuel and oil in the gas tank.

One of the best features of this mower is its affordable price tag. Considering the value on offer with this machine, we struggled not naming it the best value offering of this review. The 140cc motor isn’t as noisy as other gas-powered models, and you get a 20-inch cutting deck for efficient operation.

As a gas-powered model, we were shocked to find out that this mower only weighs 43-lbs. That makes this model lighter than some of the electric mowers in this review. If you’re looking for an affordable, lightweight, user-friendly, and effective push mower, then you can’t go wrong with a Yard Machine.

As with any other gas-powered machine, you’ll need to maintain the motor to ensure its longevity and service life. Failing to service your lawnmower will result in the eventual failure of the working parts of the engine, and a costly repair.

Unfortunately, you don’t get a collection bag with this mower, and you’ll need to push it, as there’s no rear-wheel-drive in this model.

This mower suits homeowners with small to medium-size yards. The affordable pricing of this machine makes it the ideal gas-powered model for anyone that needs a mower on a budget.

Pros:
  • The affordable gas-powered option.
  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver.
  • Triple adjustment system.
  • Ergonomic handle and large plastic wheels.
Cons:
  • Requires manual servicing.
  • Loud operation.
  • No push-along rear-wheel-drive.

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BLACK+DECKER Lawn Mower

Any DIY enthusiast knows the brand Black & Decker. These manufacturers of DIY tools have a reputation for producing affordable products designed for use around the home. The Black+Decker Electric Push Mower is no exception, and this machine will keep your lawn looking great while being easy on your bank account.

Affordable pricing aside, Black & Decker don’t skimp on the features. With this battery-powered electric model, you get seven height adjustment positions, along with oversize wheels for smooth movement around the yard. The lightweight feel of this machine makes it easy to maneuver in tight spaces, and with the EdgeMax technology, you won’t damage any of your flowers close to the edge of the lawn.

This 3-in-1 mower comes with a 13-gallon collection bag and mulcher. The 13-Amp motor drives a 20-inch blade that cuts your grass evenly and consistently. The power of this machine is impressive, especially since it has a design that’s suits smaller yards in townhouses and shared living estates.

This machine folds away for compact storage in your tool shed, and you get an extended ergonomic handle for added leverage and control over the mower during use. The lightweight feel of the machine also makes it easy to turn and navigate, and there’s no electric cord to get in the way. The battery recharges fast, and you’ll get nearly an hour run time on the machine between charges. This model weighs only 46-pounds, making it one of the most lightweight battery-powered push mowers in this review.

If you’re a Black & Decker fan, then you’ll love this product. It’s affordable pricing along with the clean-cut it gives you lawn, and the 3-in-1 cut, collection, and mulch make this machine an excellent choice for any small to a medium-size yard.

Pros:
  • 3-in-1 lawnmower.
  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver.
  • Foldable for compact storage.
Cons:
  • Electric cord gets in the way while mowing.

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Honda 4-in1 Mower

Honda makes some of the best engines on the planet. The motor in this gas-powered mower offers you variable speed between 0 to 4-mph, allowing the mower to effortlessly move along while you walk with it and guide the cutting deck.

The six-position cutting height allows you to alter the cutting deck height, giving your grass the perfect trim every time. You get a sturdy, ergonomic handle that folds down for easy storage, and a collection bag to catch trimmings and mulch them for compost in your garden.

If your garden is on a slope or has tough grass, this is the ideal machine to take the work out of mowing your lawn. The mowers start with a single pull of the ripcord, and the 21-inch cutting deck features twin blades that provide a consistent, even and clean cut to your lawn.

This model is considerably lighter than other gas-powered mowers and weighs only 84-pounds. The rear-wheel-drive is strong enough to push the mower up hills without any additional effort on your part. For a reliable mower that lasts a lifetime, we recommend you take a look at investing in this Honda

However, like all gas-powered mowers, you’ll need to maintain your mower to ensure the longevity of the motor. Service this mower before the start of the spring, and unless you know your way around an engine, use an accredited service center to do the work on the machine.

This machine suits large yards with tough grass and uneven surfaces. The ride-along movement of the mower makes easy work of mowing the largest lawns in minutes.

Pros:
  • Excellent performance and durable engine.
  • 4-in-1 lawn mowing action.
  • Adjustable cutting height.
  • Foldable handle for compact storage.
Cons:
  • Requires manual servicing every year.
  • Heavy

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Troy-Bilt Mower

The Troy-Bilt offers you outstanding performance, with the strongest motor, and widest cutting deck in this review. The sheer power of this machine cuts through the toughest grass with ease.

With a 159cc motor capacity, the Troy-Bilt is the most powerful mower in this review, with the engine powering a 21-inch cutting deck that offers multiple cutting heights. This mower is ideal for contractors and landscapers that need a powerful and robust machine.

Like the Honda, the Troy-Bilt offers you a rear-wheel-drive propulsion system for the mower. As a result, you get effortless mowing action, and all you have to do it point the mower in the direction you want it to go. The mower is powerful enough to climb hills and slopes without any issues.

The Troy-Bilt push mower features ReadyStart technology. This system allows you to fire up the motor on the first try without any hassles. You get a fuel tank with a 1.09-quart capacity, providing you wi9th plenty of run time to cut the largest lawns.

While this motor is powerful and robust, Troy-Bilt kept the design lightweight, with this machine weighing as much as the Honda, at 84-lbs. The 163cc Briggs & Stratton engine tears through the toughest and longest grass, and you can use this mower on wet grass as well. You also get an integrated power-wash port for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Make sure that you maintain this mower by servicing it each year before the start of spring for the longest service life.  If you take care of your mower, it will take care of your lawn for a lifetime.

This mower is the ideal model in this review for contractors and landscapers. The motor offers powerful performance, and the wide cutting deck cuts your lawn to perfection. You get a built-in mulcher, and a clippings bag, with everything you need for a lifetime of perfect lawns.

Pros:
  • 3-in-1 lawn mowing action.
  • High-powered motor.
  • Integrated washout port for easy cleaning.
  • ReadyStart technology for first-time start.
Cons:
  • Requires manual servicing each year.

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Push Mowers Buyers Guide

Selecting the right push mower for your yard is a challenge when you look at how many different models are available online or at your local dealership.

Selecting the right lawnmower for your yard requires you to buy a machine that suits your application. Here is everything you need to know about choosing the right push mower for your lawn.

What You Need to Look for When Buying a Push Mower

When considering your options for a push mower, you’ll need to take some considerations into account before making your purchase. Here is what you need to know before you visit your online retailer or local dealership for a new push mower.

The Types of Push Mowers

There are three types of push mowers available in this review. Each of the mower types offers a different user experience and suits different applications. Use the information in this guide to decides on the right push mower for your yard.

Gas-Powered Push Mowers

These lawnmowers are the classic option trusted by millions of Americans when it comes time to mow the lawn. Gas-powered options are effective, and the strong motor means they cut through any grass, without placing strain on the engine.

Gas-powered push mowers are suitable for homeowners that live on larger properties, with more robust grass types that an electric model might struggle to cut. However, gas-powered motors are expensive to run and require the addition of 2-stroke oil to the fuel in a specific ratio.

Gas-powered push mowers are also noisy machines, and you could ruin your neighbors Saturday afternoon if you start up the machine to cut your lawn.

Gas-Powered Push Mowers
Gas-Powered Push Mowers

Electric Push Mowers

Electric lawnmowers operate using an extension cable connected to a power supply in or around your home. Electric models are far more efficient than gas-powered types, and they offer near-silent operation that your neighbors will barely hear.

However, electric models require a power cable for operation, and it can get annoying repositioning the cable after every pass at your lawn with the machine. Some electric models may also have under-powered motors, and they might struggle to cut through robust grass types.

Most electric models are suitable for townhouse garden maintenance, and smaller yards with softer species of grass.

Electric Lawn Mowers
Electric Lawn Mowers

Battery-Powered Push Mowers

For those homeowners that want an electric model, but don’t want the hassle of electrical extensions getting in their way, choose a battery-powered model. Battery-powered push mowers are efficient and powerful, but they weigh slightly more than corded electric models.

Battery-powered push mowers utilize a lithium-ion battery pack for operation. You charge the battery pack after each use, and the battery typically provides you with up to an hour’s runtime before it needs recharging.

While there’s no cable getting in your way with this electric option, the battery pack adds weight to the machine. As a result, it’s harder to maneuver than corded electric models.

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Factors to Consider when Purchasing Your Push Mower

Before you settle on your final choice for a push mower, there a5re some considerations you need to take into account. A push mower needs to suit your yard size and application.

Buying an over-powered mower for your yard is as unfortunate as buying an underpowered mower. Your choice of push mower should match the intended use.

Take a look through the following information for more insight on selecting the right push mower for your yard.

The Cutting Deck

The cutting deck, or cutting width, describes the ability or output of the machine. The bigger the cutting deck, the more output the mower has, and the larger the lawn it can mow. Petrol mowers have the largest cutting decks, making them the best choice for large yards and estates.

If you live in a townhouse with a yard, then you only require a small cutting deck, and it’s better if you choose an electric model with either corded or battery-powered operation.

Machine Weight

The weight of your push mower also makes a difference in its performance and maneuverability. Corded electric options are the lightest available, as the power source is external to the machine. Battery-powered models are heavier than corded options due to the onboard battery.

Petrol models are the heaviest and hardest to maneuver due to the cast-iron motor block used to power the mower. The weight of the mower takes a toll on the operator during use, increasing fatigue levels faster than using electric mowers.

Lawn Mower in Action
Lawn Mower in Action

Run Time

If you’re looking for the longest run time for your push mower, then an electric model is your best bet. These mowers connect to your home’s electrical circuit, providing all the power you need to cut your lawn in one session. However, corded options are challenging to maneuver around during use. The length of the extension cord determines the range of your machine.

With petrol-powered mowers, the gas tank capacity determines the run time of the machine. Most models hold enough fuel for an hours’ worth of mowing before refueling. Petrol models are ideal for large properties and yards where tough grass may cause problems for electric models.

Battery-powered models offer you a similar situation to petrol-based push mowers, without the environmental damage involved with burning hydrocarbon fuels. Battery models run for around 45 to 60-minutes per charge, with dual-battery systems offering double the running time of single-cell units. However, they lack the power of gas-powered mowers, and you’ll need to replace the battery every few years.

Clippings Disposal

Most push mowers now come with a 3-in-1 action that mows your lawn, collects the clippings, and turns them into mulch for your garden. We always recommend 3-in-1 lawnmowers, as they offer the best use of your clippings for mulch and composting purposes.

If you don’t have a yard big enough for a compost heap, then a push mower with a collection bag is all you need.

Push Mower FAQ

By now, you should have a better idea of the ideal push mower for your yard. However, we decided to include some frequently asked questions from buyers to this section. Check through the following FAQ for further insight into selecting the right push mower to suit your yard.

What Do You Mean by a “Push Mower?”

Push mowers require you to push them along manually to cut your lawn. They’re different from reel mowers that require your pushing to drive the blades. The motor spins the blades, and all you need to do is direct the mower in the cutting line you want for your lawn.

How Do You Clean the Carburetor?

Petrol-powered push mowers feature carburetors that mix air and fuel at a specified ration. If your carb experiences a blockage in the float chamber or floods during starting, you’ll need to clean the carb to restore the mower to its full operating efficiency. Worn or dirty carbs can leak fuel, affecting performance and causing a fire hazard.

Unless you have experience with stripping and cleaning carbs, then we recommend you take your mower in for a service at the start of spring each year.

How Do You Change the Mower Blades?

To change the mower blades. You’ll need to access the undercarriage of the mower, and loosen the nuts securing the blades to the driveshaft. In most cases, it requires the use of specialized tools for the job.

Therefore, we recommend that you send your mower to a service center for blade replacements. You’ll know it’s time to replace your blades when your mower starts leaving a ragged finish on your lawn.

When inspecting the blades, you’ll notice that notched are present on the cutting edge, probably due to coming in contact with stones. Replace the blades, and restore your machine to full functionality.

Do I need to Drain the Fuel from My Push Mower?

Yes, fuel goes stale after a few months, and if you don’t mow your lawn during the wintertime, then you’ll need to drain the fuel tank and bleed the carb. If you leave old fuel in your machine, it will separate and cause blockages in your carb when you try to start it up the following season.

Conclusion

This review gives you the ten best push mower options available. Whether you have a small or large yard, there’s a model in this review to suit your mowing needs.

If you can’t decide on your ideal push mower, take our advice and make your selection from one of the top three picks we make at the beginning of the review.

Your final choice depends on your situation, so review the models in this review and make your choice. Any of these machines makes an excellent addition to your tool shed and will have your lawn looking healthy and full of life for years to come.

Robin Watson

Robin owns his own Landscape Gardening company based in the UK and has over 10 years professional experience working outdoors, creating beautiful landscapes for his clients in the UK. He is also a keen garden-grower and maintains his own fruit and vegetable gardens. He also has a level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture from The Royal Horticultural Society and is currently working on his first book about gardening. Contact him at Robin@gardenbeast.com

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