Hints & Tips
Mild it may be but early morning frosts have started to have their effect on the garden.
Lawns are brittle underfoot, car windscreens have a covering of white, leaves tumble a bit more readily in light breezes.
And the clocks go back. There’s no getting away from the dark evenings and chilly days now, but whatever you do, don’t neglect the garden.
Here are some top leaf clearance machines to help you get to grips with the changing seasons.
And we’ve also mentioned some other garden equipment you may find very handy to have in the autumn.
First is a simple lightweight garden tool, the Toro 51594 Ultra Handheld Electric Blower-Vac with a 1450W electric motor.
It will both blow and vac and can change functions just by snapping on a different tube.
It has a 350 km/h blast of air and an impellor which will reduce the debris to a sixteenth its original volume before blasting it into a 53-litre collector bag.
It costs £99.95, £20 0ff the recommended price and has a two years warranty.
We deliver it free within two to three working days of receiving your order.
The Agri-Fab 26″ Push Lawn & Leaf Sweeper (45-0218), currently on special offer, is an easy way to collect leaves from large areas in double quick time.
Revolving brushes, driven by the wheels, sweep leaves into a collector at the back of the machine. The collecting width is 66cm and it is easy to push along as it runs on a pair of semi-pneumatic tyres.
It is equally effective on lawns and drives as the working height is adjustable. It is also a useful gadget in the summer as it can be used over tennis courts, around swimming pools and on patios.
It costs £139, has a five year warranty and is delivered free the next working day.
The Cobra BP43C Backpack Blower is a great value machine for larger areas with its 43cc engine giving enough blasting force to shift large areas of leaves quickly.
It is mounted on a padded backpack frame making it easier to use over longer periods and has a cruise control for the engine.
It costs £159, £200 less than the recommended price and has a two year warranty. We deliver it free the next working day.
Here’s a leaf blower with a really strong 71m/s blasting power,Echo PB-251 Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower.
The 25.4cc engine has the maker’s unique Power Boost Tornado technology, mean on fuel and light on emissions and with a large fuel tank.
It also has dual air filtration to prolong the working life of the engine.
It is comfortable to use as it has anti-gyroscopic technology.
The recommended price is £239, but we have it for just £179, delivered free the next working day. There is a five year warranty from the manufacturer.
The Tanaka THB-260PF Commercial-Grade Handheld Petrol Blower-Vac has a very powerful 23.9 engine which starts quickly and is designed for a long life.
It is fitted with a high-volume fan and comes with a free vacuum attachment which will shred the debris into a collecting bag.
Weighing only 4.1kg it also has a front hand le which makes it easy to ntrol, as does the engine cruise control.
The recommended price is £368 but we are selling it for £268, and that includes the vacuum shredder kit which normally costs an extra £69.
There is a five year warranty, two years for commercial use and we deliver it free the next working day.
Those of you with a large lawn you have nurtured all year will soon be dismayed at the leaves spoiling its appearance.
Chances are that with a large lawn you also have a lawn tractor and this simple device can sweep up the leaves in a trice.
The Agri-Fab 42″ High-Speed Leaf-Sweeper (45-0261) comes from a major USA garden machinery company and is easily attached to the lawn tractor with a hitch pin.
With a sweeping width of 106.5cm it can clear large lawns and drives very quickly and with easily – it will save hours of work toiling with a tined rake or brush.
As the wheels turn they drive sweeping brushes in the body of the machine to sweep the leaves into the large collector.
It costs £349, £120 less than the price recommended and has a five year warranty. We deliver it free the following working day.
And now a machine which will do a complete autumn clear-up.
The Billy Goat KV600 Estate Series Lawn Vacuum, on special offer, has been designed to deal with leaves, twigs, paper, cans, the lot, even glass bottlesIt has a steel impellor designed to give great suction power and can cover 3300m2 an hour at a walking speed of 4.8km/h.
The suction width is 68.5cm and the collection bag holds 151 litres of rubbish.
An optional hose kit is also available for clearing rubbish from behind sheds and around garden ornaments.
The machine costs £819, £90 off the recommended price and is delivered free the following working day with a one year maker’s warranty.
The time has comes to deal with other garden debris as well as leaves and twigs and this machine is ideal for turning prunings and small branches into a valuable garden mulch.
The Earthquake CS10 Petrol Chipper-Shredder has a 305cc Briggs & Stratton engine which powers triangular hammers to sort out the softer debris and sharp chipping blades to deal with small branches up to 7.5cm in diameter.
With its wheel mounting it is easy to move around the garden. And when you’re finished you wll have a useful garden mulch which can either be put around the roots of tender shrubs of deposited on the compost heap.
You can also buy a vac kit for use with this machine.
It costs £999, is delivered free within two to three working days and has a two-year warranty.
Just because we’re nearly into winter there is no reason to stop cutting the lawn, but leave a good covering of grass. The old gardeners will call it ‘just taking the whiskers off.’
The lawn will look much better once this is done but some mowers will find the damp lawns a bit of a challenger; not this one.
The Oleo-Mac G53-TK AllRoad Plus-4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower (Special Offer) has a 196cc Emak engine with bags of power.
The mower lets you discharge to the side or back or mulch or collect the clippings. You might want to think twice about mulching at this time of the year, but it will be a useful option when it gets warmer next year.
Cutting heights are from 28mm to 75mm and large drive wheels will give you plenty of grip on wet grass. The grass box is one of the largest, holding 70 litres.
It costs £299.95, £200 off the recommended price and is a great buy for such a substantial mower with a wide cut.
It has a five year warranty and free next working day delivery.
And finally a lawn tractor which will earn its corn all through the year.
The Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor is one of our best sellers with twin cutting blades giving an excellent finish.
It has a cutting width of 84cm and is equally at home when the lawn is damp ad the twin cutting blades create a really strong airflow to assist grass collection.
When the grass box is full it gives loud beep it holds 240 litres.
The 452cc engine transmits its power via five forward and one reverse gears changed manually.
Buy this now and you receive a free mulch plug worth £105 and a free tow bar worth £63. There is a also a free front bumper – just in case!
It costs £1599, £200 off the recommended price and there is a five year warranty from Mountfield. We deliver it for free within two to three working days.
The nights may be drawing in but that’s no excuse to hunker down around the fire, there’s still plenty of work outside that needs doing.
And you’ll appreciate that fire even more when you’ve finished work outside.
Remember we have a team of garden machinery experts if you need any advice on garden machinery – they’ve years of experience between them and can be contacted on 08454 588905.