Hints & Tips
Swirling winds are sending the leaves tumbling and they need to be cleared away regularly.
For if left on paths and drives they can become matted down with tramping feet and car tyres and will become slippery and dangerous.
And if left on borders and vegetable plots they will stop essential moisture penetrating the soil.
Piled on to the compost heap they will rot down and form useful material for digging in come the Spring. And don’t forget the tip we gave recently to pack them into a large plastic bag and leave them outside for a couple of years when they will become useful potting compost packed full of goodness.
When it comes to ways of clearing them up a leaf blower is the gardener’s best weapon for this time of the year and these machines from Mitox are an excellent price and among the best available.
Their entry level machine is this one, the Mitox 26B-SP Handheld Petrol Blower which has enough power for most medium-sized gardens.
And at just £99, £30 off the recommended price, it won’t break the bank.
The 25.4cc engine fires up easily and it has a cruise control and is well balanced making it more comfortable to use.
What’s more it weighs in at just 5.6kg.
It has a flat nozzle to concentrate the blast of air to make it more efficient.
We deliver FREE OF CHARGE charge the next working day include a bottle of FREE oil, and it has a one-year warranty.
The Mitox 28BV-SP Handheld Petrol Blower-Vac has a similar engine but also has a collection bag.
Leaves and debris are sucked through an impellor which shreds it to a tenth it volume and packs it into a collection bag which holds 50 litres.
This will rot down much more quickly or can be spread at the base of overwintering perennials to protect them from frost and give them a good start when they start growing again next year.
Again it has cruise control and this one weighs 6.2kg.
It costs £129, £40 off the recommended price and is delivered FREE the next working day with a one-year warranty and FREE oil into the bargain.
The next one in the range is the Mitox 260BX Handheld Petrol Blower with its 27.6cc engine giving a 259pk/hour air blast, enough to shift those clumps of matted leaves and other debris which accumulates on patios and decking.
It has low vibration levels and cruise control and weighs 4.7kg.
Making it easy to direct the air current is an offset blow tube.
‘This is a great blower, light and very powerful. Delivery was next day, no problems. Customer service is excellent too.’ Once customer’s opinion.
Priced at £179, £20 of the recommended price, it is delivered FREE the next working day with a five-year warranty and FREE oil.
And the company’s top-of-the range machine is this one, the Mitox 280BVX PREMIUM Petrol Blower-Vac, and it has been voted Which? Magizine’s best buy.
This one has a 26.7cc engine developing 1.1hp, easily started and with very low vibration levels.
A large fuel tank and shoulder strap make it easy to use for longer periods and switching from blowing to vac mode is very simple.
It develops a 161mpf blast of air and will shred the debris to one twelfth its volume before packing it into the 50-litre collection bag.
“Another great Mitox product, very easy and reliable starting, exceptional build quality and a powerful unit.” That’s a recent customer’s view.
It costs £199, £40 less than the recommended price and has a five year warranty with FREE next working day delivery and some FREE oil to get your started.
And if you would like our advice before buying please give us a ring on 03454 588905.