Hints & Tips
Frost, snow, rain, wind, all designed to set the autumn leaves tumbling.
And yes, a walk on a November morning through paths carpeted in autumnal colours is beautiful, but at the back of your mind, all those autumnal colours are covering the lawn and getting trampled on paths and drives and becoming slippery.
So, time to get out the tined rake and clear them up.
Or maybe not, for these two simple little devices can make the job much easier and much faster.
The first is the MD Handy Push Lawn & Leaf Sweeper (Code THPLS) and it couldn’t be more environmentally friendly.
No noise, apart from the whooshing of brushes, and no exhaust fumes, apart from the carbon dioxide expelled by the user as the pushes it along.
The wheels drive brushes to sweep leaves and other debris into the catcher at the back.
Once full, this is very simply detached and the contents can be dumped on to the compost heap where they will rot away to give friable leaf compost.
With a sweeping width of 66cm it can clear quite large lawns very quickly and is also useful for dealing with drives, paths and swimming pool and tennis court surrounds.
And the sweeping height is adjustable to deal with these different surfaces.
It deals with not only leaves but twigs, wood chips and twigs, all the normal rubbish which is the bane of a gardener’s life.
We deliver this neat little machine the day following receipt of your order with a one year warranty. Cost: £125, over £60 off the recommended price.
This second machine is the Redback E435C Cordless Leaf-Blower (Tool Only), from a range of garden machinery we helped develop.
It relies on the latest lithium-ion battery cells from Japan and is both light and powerful producing a 121mph blast of air.
These batteries re-charge quickly and run for longer – 200 minutes on the 6Ah battery.
These batteries fit all the other garden machinery in the range so you only need to buy battery and charger once, but if you are considering buying devices like a chainsaw or lawnmower you really need the more powerful battery.
The blower has four speeds so for matted leaves select full power, for drier ones or lighter debris use less power.
It weighs 2.5kg excluding the battery and you can buy a device for carrying the battery separately.
The tool costs £89, £30 off the recommended price but remember you will need to buy the charger and battery separately.
It has a three-year warranty and we deliver it the next working day.
Keep an eye on our site as we are about to post a video of the blower in action and see these pages for a massive selection of equipment to clear leaves and debris right up to professional devices for parks and recreation areas.