Hints & Tips
The days of lounging in the garden of an evening, tincture in hand while admiring your handiwork are coming to an end for another year.
Now come the autumn chores, possibly not as rewarding, but essential to keep flower beds and lawns looking good.
Start raising the height of the mower a notch to leave a thicker covering of grass to resist the ravages of winter.
Hedges need a light haircut to trim back late summer growth. And leaves which have just started to fall should be regularly collected to let light and moisture into flower beds and grassy areas.
This is a good time to cut branches from trees and to prepare them for winter fires – there is little sap at the moment.
And the allotment or vegetable plot will have a few areas where crops have been harvested and the sooner the soil is tilled for next year, the better.
So here are ten top tools to get the garden shipshape for autumn – there’s still loads of work to do out there before winter sets in.
If you need a new mower – and remember grass grows most weeks of the year with milder winters – this one is a great machine.
The Oleo-Mac G53-TK AllRoad Plus-4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower gives you the option of discharging to the side or rear as well as collecting and mulching, though mulching is probably not an option while the grass is wet.
A 196cc engine from Emak powers it along and it has cutting heights from 28mm to 75mm and it has the ability to cut long straggly areas as well as smooth lawns.
Large 280mm drive wheels will give you plenty of grip whatever the surface; and it has a 70-litre grass box. It has a 53cm cutting width so is suitable for larger lawns.
It costs £299.95, a full £200 below the recommended price and there is a five-year warranty from the manufacturer. We deliver it free the next working day.
And talking of lawns, now is a great time to scarify yours, to tease out all the dead summer grasses and weeds to let it breathe more easily.
The Einhell GE-SA 1335P Petrol Combi Scarifier / Aerator is new and exclusive to MowDirect for this year.
The aeration roller has 26 small spikes which tease out all the rubbish. And if you haven’t scarified the lawn for a while you’ll be amazed at the amount of organic detritus you’ll produce.
Although it has a collection box, leave this off the first time and rake up all the debris.
The aeration roller has small slits for allowing moisture to penetrate the roots.
Powering the rollers is a 53.2cc engine developing 1.7hp.
The machine has three depth settings, but use the highest to start with until you see how much debris there is to get out.
It costs £249.95, £150 off the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day with a two-year warranty.
Leaves and other debris are the bane of any gardener when the fall gets going, especially if you have a larger lawn and this machine will make life much simpler.
The Billy Goat KV600 Estate Series Lawn Vacuum is a professional machine, light and simple to use and recommended for areas of around an acre.
It is a really powerful performer and can be used on all manner of surfaces. And it can pick up not only leaves, but paper and cans and will even gobble up glass bottles.
The working width is 68.5cm and it has a 151-litre collection bag with nautical, long-lasting fasteners.
Large 305mm wheels mean it is very easy to drive and it has a five-bladed impeller for strong suction and shredding.
The working height is adjustable depending on the surface and as an optional extra there is a hose kit to let you clean out those awkward nooks and crannies.
It is priced at £819, £70 under the recommended price and has a one-year warranty. Next working day delivery is free.
Rougher areas which are too difficult for the mower still need to be cut back and here’s a powerful Japanese machine to do the trick.
The Tanaka TCG-27EBS(S) Brushcutter is a really powerful piece of equipment with a 27cc engine which runs very cleanly and is easy to start with a light tug of the starter cord.
A solid steel shaft powers either a metal blade or a nylon strimming head for the lighter stuff, the U-style handlebars make it easy to use for long periods – and it weighs only 5.3kg.
To help with this it is supplied with a double shoulder harness.
Increasingly a favourite with professional gardeners, it costs £299, £170 off the recommended price.
We deliver it free the next working day and it has a five-year warranty.
Hedges need a final trim before winter sets especially if you are unlucky enough to have brambles growing through and this one is another machine increasingly used by professional gardeners.
The Tanaka TCH22E-CP2(66) Petrol Hedgetrimmer has a 21.1cc engine designed to use little fuel and be clean running. It also has very low vibration levels.
Easy to start and comfortable to use thanks to its forward-mounted exhaust it weighs only 5kg and yet is powerful enough to deal with thicker, older hedge stems like thorn.
This model has 66cm double side, double-reciprocating blades with 35mm tooth spacing which makes tackling the thicker growth easy.
It also has a rotating rear handle with five steps through 180 degrees so you can tackle difficult shapes and hidden corners.
The recommended price is £419 but we have it for sale for £299. Delivery the next working day is free and there is a five-year warranty.
Now a couple of machines, new and exclusive to MowDirect, using the latest battery-power technology.
The Redback E920D Cordless Pole-Hedgetrimmer (Tool Only) makes cutting hedge tops a simple task as its offers power equivalent to some petrol-power models.
It has a telescopic shaft and rotating cutting bar at the end of which are 52cm dual-reciprocating blades and a shoulder harness is also supplied. And the whole machine has been designed to be well balanced and less tiring to use.
The batteries have lithium-ion cells which can be charged at any time and won’t discharge when not in use.
It costs £89, a saving of £30 on the recommended price, is delivered free the next working day and has a three-year warranty.
The Redback E216C Cordless Chainsaw (Tool Only) is another machine in the same series and one in demand at this time of year.
Using any of the batteries developed by Redback which use cells from Samsung, it has a cutting chain from world-leading firm Samsung it is a very safe machine with minimal kick-back and a chain brake activated either manually or by inertia.
The handle design means it is easy to hold and control and automatic chain lubrication gives the chain and motor a long life.
A 4Ah or 6Ah battery is recommended with the chainsaw.
Remember that the prices quoted are for the tool only, you will need to buy a battery and charger as well but once purchased they will fit any of the machines in this innovative range.
The chainsaw costs £179, £70 off the recommended price and it has a three-year warranty.
We deliver it for free the next working day.
This chainsaw is made with estate workers in mind and is a powerful machine made for intensive work.
The Oleo-Mac GS-440 Pro Petrol Chainsaw with Free Spare Chain, on exclusive special offer, has a 40.5cm guide bar and is made for lopping and felling small trees.
Providing the power is a 42.9cc two-stroke engine designed for a long and tough life, and yet it is very clean running and fuel mean.
Heated air from the engine is used to prevent the carburettor from icing when the temperatures plummet.
The chain oil feed can be set to automatic or can be adjusted to minimise wastage.
It has also been designed to keep vibrations to a minimum and it has a lateral chain tension adjuster.
It costs £329, £120 off the recommended price and has a FREE spare chain included in the package. You can buy a chainsaw accessories pack for £70 which includes safety equipment, chain oil and a fuel mixing bottle.
Delivery the next working day is free and there is a five year warranty.
Now over to the vegetable garden which will need tilling after the crops have been harvested to let the winter frost break down the soil and kill the bugs.
The Einhell BG-MT 3360-LD Petrol Tiller / Cultivator is exclusive to MowDirect and is the lowest priced in its field. And it is designed and made by a leading German garden machinery company.
Six steel blades turn the soil and crop protection discs protest any plants still growing.
A 163cc engine provides the power and it has a front transport wheel to make it easier to move around.
There is also a brake skid which adjusts to set the working depth and the handles can be changed to suit the user.
A deadman’s handle stope the tiller from running should you lose control.
It costs £279.95 compared with the recommended price of £499.95 and we deliver it free the next working day following receipt of your order. Plus there is a two-year warranty.
And, finally, here’s a great little lawn tractor which will have its uses throughout the year.
The MTD 2-in-1 Combi Lawn Tractor has been designed to keep both lawns and rougher grassed areas trimmed and neat. But combine it with a garden trailer or a leaf sweeper or fertiliser spreader and you have a really worthwhile workhorse.
An MTD 520cc engine is under the bonnet and it is started with a key to make life easier.
The cutting width is 96cm and the cutting deck pivots and has anti-scalp wheels so no unsightly bald patches are left on uneven lawns. Large tyres won’t leave scuff marks.
Clippings are either ejected to the side or mulched on the more formal areas and it has a 46cm turning radius. There are five cutting heights.
It is a great bargain at only £1299, has a two-year warranty and is delivered free within two to three working days.
And for an extra fee, you can order by 3pm Friday and have it delivered Saturday.
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