Hints & Tips
Just seven days away from Chrtistmas Day but there’s still time to buy and have delivered that last minute present you’ve not been able to find.
So here are ten top last minute stocking fillers which would delight the keen gardener.
And remember that if you prefer we can deliver these to the lucky recipient free anywhere in the UK and lighten Santa’s sleigh a bit (and the boot of your car as well).
This first is a clever little device which will save back-breaking work with a shovel.
The Einhell MSF 570 Manual Snow Plough is a clever little device based on the principle of the Archimedes screw, forcing the snow to the right as you walk along.
This is the perfect little device for clearing domestic paths, is easy to push and can clear large areas remarkably quickly.
It has a large blade which works with the augur to encourage the snow into the body of the machine before shifting it to the side.
This normally sells for £49.95, but we have it on special offer for just £25. And if you buy three of them they’re only £20 each.
And they have a two year warranty from Einhell, a major German engineering company.
Here’s another nifty advice, really useful if you know anyone who regularly saws logs for the fire.
The MD Saw Horse with Chainsaw Attachment is also ideal for anyone who needs to use a chainsaw but is nervous of them.
The logs sit in the v-shaped cradle and are simply slid along. The whole process is thus speeded up considerable.
It is made to take logs up to 20 cm in diameter and there is an adjustment so that logs can be cut to the same length each time.
It folds flat to take up less room in the shed or in the boot of the car if a friend wants to borrow it.
It costs £49.95, is delivered free the next working day and has a two year warranty.
Another ingenious device is this one, the Stiga Snow Electric 31 Snow Blower.
Small, powerful and dead simple to use, it works much like an electric shovel with a working height of 31 cm, enough to cope with most snow falls.
This machine is made to slide along hard surfaces on paths and drivers where it clears right down to the surface and once in the machine it is thrown up to five metres away.
Normally selling for £99 it now costs just £79 and has a one year warranty. Delivery the next working day is free.
Now you’d be surprised how many times we are asked about garden rollers. Essential for breaking down seed beds before final raking and sowing and for rolling lawns where worm cast have left annoying little humps, the Al-Ko GW50 Lawn Roller / Garden Roller is filled either with water, where it gives a weight of 72 kg, or with sand where it will weigh 129 kg.
It is 50 cm wide and has a scraper bar to take the debris off once it has passed and is made of steel to make it robust and give it a longer working life.
It costs £85 and is delivered free the next working day. It has a two year warranty.
Every gardener wishes at some time or other they had a little electric chain saw so trimming overhanging branches or trimming firewood, but a saw like this can also be used to trim out the bottom of overgrown hedges and felling small trees – like leylandi which have grown too tall.
The Oleo-Mac GS200E Electric Chainsaw – 41cm Guide Bar exclusive to us and on special offer is powered by a 2000 Watt electric motor and has automatic chain lubrication to keep it working efficiently.
It is fitted with a palm operated safety switch so it can’t be started accidentally.
Light and simple to use it comes with 10 metres of power cable.
It costs £99.95 a huge saving on the recommended price of £179.95 and it has a three year warranty. Delivery the next working day is free.
There are also a number of extras you can buy at special prices, like a special helmet complete with visor and ear muffs for £19.95.
A powerful garden machine which would please anyone is this one, the Mountfield MHJ2424 Double-Bladed Petrol Hedgetrimmer with a 61 cm blade and currently at a special price.
As there is no cable it is much more practical in larger gardens than electrically-powered ones and has been designed so that it will deal with thicker hedge growth, like thorn.
It has a two stroke engine, 24.5 cc, which gives bags of trimming power and yet it weighs only 5.5 kg.
The rear hand grip has three positions so you can alter it if cutting sides or more intricate shapes.
It costs £149.95, an excellent price for a machine with this spec, and it has a one year warranty and free next working day delivery.
If you have a friend or relation who has a lawn about the size of half a tennis court, a mower like this would make their Christmas special.
The Hayter Envoy Electric Rear-Roller Lawn Mower (Code: 100) has a cutting width of 14 in – 36 cm – and has a 1400 Watt electric motor.
This mower comes from a company renowned for producing top quality mower with rear rollers which give a great striped finish. It also has front fins which smooth the lawn before cutting which leads to a better finish.
It will cut right down to 13 mm and up to 60 mm.
It costs £169, a saving of £60 and it has a two year warranty. Delivery is free the next working day.
Anyone with a reasonable sized garden will have wished for a log splitter at some stage and here’s one which will deal with most logs effortlessly.
The MD 5-Ton Electric Log-Splitter, on special offer, is perfect machine if you’ve never used a splitter before as it has enough power to deal with most wood.
Simply put the wood in the cradle and pull the lever, it’s simple and safe as that and with a 1500 Watt motor developing the hydraulic power can deal with logs up to 25 cm in diameter and 52 cm long.
It costs £179.95 and has a two year warranty. And we deliver it free the next working day.
Another great mower and on special offer is the Mountfield HP180 Petrol Rotary Hand Propelled Lawnmower.
A solid machine with a steel deck, it has a 125 cc Briggs & Stratton engine which starts very easily and has a 45 cm cutting width – the size you need to tackle a medium to large lawn around 1600 sq metres.
This one has large rear wheels which makes it easy to manoeuvre around flower beds and the like and it has a 55 litre grass box.
This is made of fabric to allow air to flow through and assist in the collection of the clippings when it’s a bit wet.
Cutting heights are from 20 mm up to 70 mm and the handle folds down so you can store it easily.
This costs £199 at the moment, £100 less than the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day. It has a two year warranty from Mountfield.
And finally a machine which would delight anyone with a run of long hedges to keep trimmed.
The Mitox 26PP Long-Reach Pole-Pruner with a 25cm guide bar saves having to teeter on a high ladder when cutting back hedge tops.
The overall length is 226 cm and the cutting head is 25 cm long and it has a 25.4 cc cutting head. The 25.4 cc engine has a full crankshaft to contribute to the torque transfer.
It weighs 6.8 kg and has a large fuel tank to keep you working longer.
The costs is £199 and it has a two year warranty. Delivery is free and the next working day.
Remember you can have your gifts delivered directly to the lucky recipient to save you the trouble, and to anywhere on the UK mainland.
And if you would like our advice then please give us a ring on 08454 588905.