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Welcome to pyracantha.co.uk, with over 20 years of experience being a professional gardener and nurseryman! I started this website as an outlet for my knowledge on gardening while also providing reviews about the products that I use in order to help others along their journey into gardening too! It has since grown from just me sharing information online-over 2 million people visit every year who learn about the latest garden trends, product opinions, and helpful tips. You can learn more about me here

John Moore

Professional Gardener & Founder


The Best Cordless Scarifiers For Removing Moss and Thatch
After over 20 years of maintaining lawns as a professional gardener, if there is one job I think has the[...]
6 Best Rotavators and Tillers for turning the soil in gardens and allotments
I've used rotavators for over 20 years, from the large petrol Howard rotavator pictured below in my family nursery, which[...]
6 Best petrol pressure washers tested for reliability and performance
First, I wanted to talk about my experience with petrol pressure washers over the last 20 years. We use them[...]
8 Best Lawn Scarifiers For Removing Moss and Thatch From Your Lawn
As a professional gardener who has maintained lawns and gardens for over 20 years and worked at my family's nursery,[...]
5 Best Firelighters for BBQs and Wood Burning Stoves Tested
I've been using firelighters for the last 20 years, firstly for lighting my charcoal BBQs, although I've since upgraded to[...]
7 Best Petrol Leaf Blowers and Vacuums
I've been using petrol leaf blowers for over 20 years, most of which has been on and around my family's[...]
5 Best Mini Chainsaws – Small Chainsaws For Pruning
I've used chainsaws for over 20 years, and cordless chainsaws, such as my Ryobi 18V Brushless Cordless Chainsaw, have somewhat[...]
The UK’s Best Garden Shredders – Electric & Petrol Models (Top 8)
I've been using garden shredders for over 15 years, mostly in my own garden. However, my mum and dad own[...]
Best Lawn Feed For Lawns – Top 8 Water Soluble & Granular Lawn Fertilisers
I've been maintaining lawns professionally as part of my garden maintenance business for over 20 years. I know a thing[...]
The UK’s 8 Best Edging Shears For Your Lawn – Chosen by a professional gardener
When it comes to lawn care, I've learnt a lot over the past 20 years of lawn maintenance as part[...]
8 Best hose spray guns for the garden put to the rest
Over the last twenty-odd years, I've used many of the best watering hose spray guns and longer watering lances. I've[...]
8 Best Weed Killer For Driveways, block paving and Patios
I've been involved in garden maintenance and worked at my family's nursery for over 20 years. I've also had my[...]
9 Best Garden Swimming Pools – Test Inflatable and Framed Pools
My two kids love nothing more than playing in our garden swimming pool when they're not in the outdoor playhouse,[...]
The Best Chainsaws In The UK – Testing Corded, Petrol and Electrc
I've been using chainsaws for almost 20 years so when it comes to chainsaws, I like to think I know[...]
Top 4 Best Moss Killer For Lawns – Soluble & Granular
My Best Moss killer for Lawns review looks at the pros and cons of each of the products I present[...]
Best Karcher Pressure Washer Review – I compare and test the K2, K3, K4, K5 & K7
I've been buying Karcher pressure washers for over 15 years and recently reviewed my Karcher K5 Premium Smart Control pressure[...]
6 Best Lawn Mowers – Testing cordless, petrol and push mowers
I have been a professional gardener for over 20 years and, in that time, have seen the quality and affordability[...]
Best Gas BBQs Tested: My Favorite Picks for Flavorful Grilled Meals
Coming from a big family, BBQs were commonplace for me while growing up, so I brought this tradition to my[...]
Top-Rated and Tested: 7 Best Sun Loungers for Maximum Comfort
Being from a big family, we've always had a selection of sun loungers and enjoy spending weekends together over summer[...]
Top 5 Best Wheelbarrows Reviewed – All Models Compared
I've been using wheelbarrows for over 20 years, and one thing that is clear as day is that not all[...]
6 Best Cordless Hedge Trimmers put to the test
I've been using hedge trimmers for almost 20 years, and I've got to admit, some of these latest cordless hedge[...]
Top 5 best BBQ covers that last to protect your BBQ
I recently reviewed some new outdoor furniture covers, where I explained that the material needed for most garden furniture covers[...]
6 Best Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders – After testing and handy tips
Don't get me wrong, I really love to see squirrels in my garden and we have 3 regular visitors. However,[...]
I’ve Tested The Best Garden Wildlife Trail Cameras – Which is the best?
I've been a bit of a wildlife enthusiast for a few years now and first got into using wildlife trail[...]
Testing The UK’s Best Log Splitters, Buyer’s Guide and Detailed Reviews
In this review, I compare and discuss what makes a good log splitter as well as give my feedback after[...]
How to use a bulb auger, drilling techniques and drill settings (why you should too!)
So planting bulbs in the autumn is a great way to prepare your garden so that you get a stunning[...]
The Best Ash Vacuums: Top 5 Picks and Real-Life Testing
So, as far as ash vacuums go, why would you need one? Well, it is the type of product you[...]



10 Beautiful Yellow Flowering Shrubs
As a professional gardener and nurseryman with over 20 years of hands-on experience, I've noticed yellow flowering shrubs have always[...]
12 Shrubs For Clay Soil and How to Improve The Soil
Over the past two decades of being a professional gardener and working at my family's small garden centre, I often[...]
12 Best Evergreen Groundcover Plants
In my 20 years as a professional gardener, working in my family's garden centre and in clients' gardens, I've come[...]
11 Fast Growing Evergreen Shrubs
As a nurseryman who has spent over twenty years as a professional gardener working in my family's small nursery, one[...]
How to Grow Photinia Red Robin and Care Guide
As an experienced gardener who has worked in my family's nursery for well over 20 years, one shrub that has[...]
10 Ornamental Grasses For Shade
I've talked alot in the past about how many ornamental grasses can be grown in positions where many other plants[...]
Growing magnolias in pots – the beginner’s guide
I've been a professional gardener and worked at my family's nursery for over 20 years. If I had to pick[...]
10 Best Tall Plants For Screening – Create The Perfect Privacy Screen
I've been a professional gardener and worked at my family's garden centre for over 20 years. If there is one[...]
13 Best Shade Loving Plants For Containers and Pots
As a professional gardener with over 20 years of experience, one of the most common questions I get asked is[...]
How to secure a greenhouse to a patio or concrete base
Just recently, I purchased a new greenhouse, nothing too fancy, just an aluminium 4 x 6ft polycarbonate greenhouse by Palram.[...]
How to install a wall-mounted hose reel – step by step
The thing with hose pipes is they can get in the way, one way around this is by installing a[...]
Should you buy a mini grow house, my review and how to put one together
I have always grown plants in what many gardeners would call a real greenhouse or polytunnel and being brought up[...]


Tested and Reviewed: Top 6 Best Cordless Strimmers for 2023
I've been testing the best cordless strimmers for a good few years on this site but I've been using them[...]


Bosch PWB 600 Portable Work Bench Review
I'm fairly handy when it comes to DIY, I've renovated two houses over the last few years and I mean[...]

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About me

With over 20 years of experience as a professional gardener, I've dedicated my life to sharing my knowledge and expertise with others. I've put my years of experience to the test by personally testing and reviewing the best gardening products and tools on the market.

I've tried and tested the products I recommend on this site for over 20 years, and can confidently say that they are truly worth considering.

Now, I work full-time on this website to bring you honest and comprehensive reviews after hours of testing and comparison.

Join me in discovering the top gardening products and tools for a greener thumb!

I also have City and guilds horticultural qualifications which I proudly display the certificates for below!

City & Guilds Certificate of Unit Credit Towards Horticulture Skills Test

City & Guilds Certificate of Unit Credit Towards Horticulture Skills Test

City & Guilds Certificate Horticulture Skills Test

Last updated on February 15th, 2024

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