Hints & Tips
These recent strong winds have set the leaves flying; and although most have now fallen – depending on where you area in the UK – you can’t put off clearing them away any longer.
Clearing leaves is one of the least rewarding tasks the gardener faces, and if you put it off until the very end of the fall you will be faced with a long gruelling task if you are using a tined rake.
But modern leaf clearance equipment have made the job much simpler and if you have decided it’s time to hang up the old rake here are three suggestions to make the job easier.
This first one we have written about before and we make no apology for returning to it as it is a best seller and a really efficient piece of kit.
The Agri-Fab 26″ Push Lawn & Leaf Sweeper (45-0218) is quiet and dead easy to use and can clear large areas very quickly.
As the wheels revolve they turn brushes in the body of the machine which brush the leaves into a 200-litre collector at the back.
The height at which it worms can be adjusted so you can clear hard and gravel drives, lawns, patios, the lot.
The clearing width is 66cm and it weighs only 13.5kg. The wheels on which it runs are semi-pneumatic making it very easy to push along.
It costs £139, £40 off the recommended price, has a five year warranty and is delivered free the next working day.
If you’re looking for a leaf blower this one will deliver a 71 metres a second blast to shift even stubborn, matted leaves.
The Echo PB-251 Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower has a 25.4cc engine and incorporates an anti-gyroscopic system to make it easier to handle.
It weighs 4.5kg and the engine has a heavy-duty filtration system to give it a long life.
It has a five year warranty, is delivered free the next working day and costs £179, £60 off the recommended price.
And this last machine from the USA is a really powerful machine which can deal with all manner of garden debris as well as leaves.
The Billy Goat LB352 ‘Little Billy’ Lawn Vacuum is very easy to steer and can cope with all manner of garden debris.
Ideal for gardens of around half and acre it has a 105 litre collection bag designed to be easy to remove and empty.
It can handle all manner of garden debris and can even pick up leaves from the drive and leave the gravel untouched.
You can also but a hose kit with it which lets you clear up the awkward corners behind sheds and around garden furniture and around shrubs in the flower beds.
Large wheels make it easy to handle in tight areas.
It costs £539, £50 less than the price recommended and is delivered free the next working day with a one year warranty.
These pages have huge lists of leaf clearance machinery and see this Friday’s blog for ten top mowers for cutting the lawn and other grassy areas.
Have you ever seen the lawn still growing so rapidly in November? We haven’t!!