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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 and pyracantha.co.uk here

John Moore

Professional Gardener & Founder


4 Best Moisture Meters For Wood
For over 20 years, I have cut and seasoned my own firewood, which we sell at my family's small garden[...]
4 Best Lawn Levelling Rakes: Tested & Reviewed for Quick and Easy Results
As a professional gardener and a nurseryman, I've done my fair share of lawn levelling jobs over the years. It's[...]
5 Best petrol lawn scarifiers for removing moss and thatch
Scarifying is not just about having a scarifier; it's also about reducing the spread of moss before a scarifier even[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]



15 Best flowering shrubs for attracting bees
I've worked in my family nursery for over 20 years and as a professional gardener for as many. Over the[...]
Pruning lavatera – When and how to prune mallow shrubs, perennials and annuals
Lavatera shrubs are one of my favourites, and I've always had a few on my borders. As a professional gardener,[...]
Rhododendron pests, diseases and other problems
Rhododendrons have to be one of my favourite shrubs, both the evergreen and deciduous varieties, including Rhododendron luteum, a more[...]
How and When to Prune Phormiums (New Zealand Flax)
Phormiums are one of my favourite shrubs and are very popular at my family's nursery. Over the years, I've written[...]
14 Best evergreen climbing plants for fences
As a professional gardener, I have often been asked what climbing plants I recommend for covering fences. However, there are[...]
Pruning Pampas Grass: When and how to prune Pampas Grass plants
When it comes to large grasses, not many varieties of grasses make more of a statement in the garden than[...]
12 Shrubs that thrive in full sun
I've been a professional gardener for 20 years, working on my family's nursery. Over the years, I've often been asked[...]
12 Fast growing groundcover plants
I've previously talked about ground cover plants in general and some of my favourite recommendations, as well as which ground[...]
Why are my conifers turning brown? Treating brown patches
As a professional gardener and working on my family's nursery for over 20 years, one of the most common questions[...]
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[...]


Top 6 Best Cordless Strimmers: Tested and Reviewed
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 April 22nd, 2024

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