Hints & Tips
The annual quest for a welcome present gets harder each year, unless you’re buying for children when all they seem to want is the latest gadgetry or toys.
But for those not quite so young who have had their fill of Christmas jumpers, finding something worthwhile and useful gets harder every year.
So we have put together our top gardening gifts for Christmas which you can see here and below we have selected 12 top presents from £15 to £200 to give you some ideas.
And first off is a handy little tool, the Wilkinson Sword 1111166W Knife & Tool Sharpener.
Blunt blades are a menace on gardening tools and this little device which can be carried in the pocket has seven cutting edges and can be used by right and left-handed gardeners.
Who knows the knife might come in handy for a peeling the carrots if all you others are blunt.
It has seven cutting edges and comes complete with a case.
It costs £15 and is delivered free of charge the next working day with a ten-year warrant.
Another great device from the same company, Wilkinson Sword 1111182WM Garden Multi-Tool, combines a pruner which can deal with wood up to 22cm, knife, saw, a stem stripper and a lanyard ring.
Just 13cm long when closed it is made from aluminium and stainless steel to give it strength and durability.
And it is stored in a pouch which attaches to your trouser belt so you need never lose it.
It has a ten-year warranty and costs £25 with free next working day delivery.
Every gardener needs a good secateurs – we think one of the most misplaced tools – and this one is a little cracker.
The Wilkinson Sword 1111286W Pruner & Pouch is sharp and powerful enough to deal with thick perennial stems and overgrown rose bushes and gives a neat and precise cut every time.
It has soft grip handles making it comfortable to use and is delivered free the next working day complete with its own carrying pouch so the chances of it being mislaid are lessened.
It has a ten year warranty and costs £25.
This next tool comes from a well-established German garden machinery company and will cut through the thicker woody stems of shrubs which are just too much for secateurs.
The WOLF-Garten PC145FS Folding Pruning Saw has two different working angles and tough teeth to get through even the most dense wood.
It is ideal for cutting back branches of ornamental trees when they get a bit too long and much easier to handle in a confined space than a conventional garden saw.
Sharp and study it would make a welcome addition to and gardener’s armoury – even a professional.
It costs £29and is delivered free the next working day with a ten-year warranty.
Here’s another handy device which would make a welcome gift for any gardener who has a fair sized area to manage.
The Solo 461 Hand-Held High Pressure Garden Sprayer makes it simple to apply fertilizers, pesticides and weed killer simply and above all precisely.
It can take five litres and produces a pressure of 45psi or 3 bar so you can work for long periods before topping up.
It is made using top quality UV plastic and won’t rust or corrode and when empty weighs 1.3kg so it’s easy to carry around.
You can reach long distances as it has a 50-cm lance and is provided with a shoulder strap making it easy to carry around.
‘I love this machine, so much better than the cheap rubbish I have bought before. The sprayer head has a filter which is easy to clean, the pressure is good, it does not leak or rust.’ That’s a previous customer’s view.
It costs £49, has a two-year warranty and is delivered free of charge the next working day.
This next one might not be the most glamorous gift but how many of you wishes you had a simple garden roller to flatten out lumps and bumps on the lawn or flatten seed beds before raking and sowing.
The Cobra LR40 Garden Roller has a sturdy steel drum and weighs 72kg when filled with water or 120kg when filled with sand.
A rubber scraper bar removed the inevitable mud and other debris which is liable to stick to the roller when in use and the handlebars fold down to make it easier to store.
The working width is 40cm so it can fit through most garden gates and it has a drain plug which can be removed without using tools.
It costs £59.99, a handy fiver off the recommended price and it has a two-year warranty and free delivery the next working day.
Now here’s a great little machine which can take the back ache out of digging and weeding.
The Handy THET-A Electric Tiller / Cultivator is ideal for smaller vegetable plots but can also be used in flower beds as it is narrow enough to work between shrubs, teasing out weeds and keeping the soil aerated.
It can also be used for digging in compost and fertilizers and has a tilling width of 30cm.
It is light and easy to move around as it weighs only 7.5kg and runs on mains supply electricity.
‘Product itself perfect for what I wanted – to break up compacted topsoil. Much easier and lighter than many tillers, would recommend. Thanks!’ That from a recent customer.
It costs £99 and is delivered free the next working day with a one-year warranty.
Snow is blowing in and here’s a cracking little machine to keep paths and drives safe.
The Stiga Snow Electric 31 Snow Blower has a working width of 31cm and is dead easy to use as it slides along the surface – there are no wheels.
It has an intake height of 31cm and will take in the snow and throw it up to five metres away, thus saving hours of tiring work with a shovel.
Designed for hard surfaces it is the easy way to deal with pesky white stuff and when you are finished with it just hang from a hook in the porch.
The power is provided by a 1100W motor and the handle is telescopic so can be adjusted to the height of the user.
It costs £99, £90 off the recommended price and it has a one-year warranty with free delivery the next working day.
Let’s forget the winter and look forward to the summer with hot sun and blossoming hedgerows.
And how many of you have wished you had one of these, a cutter to trim the top of hedges so you don’t have to teeter on the top of a wobbling ladder.
This is a great tried-and-tested machine, the Mitox 26LH-SP SELECT Long-Reach Hedgetrimmer with a 40cm double-sided blades driven by a 24.5cc engine designed with low vibration levels.
The total length is 2.26 metres so you can reach the tops of most garden hedges while standing safely on the ground.
The cutting head twist 150 degrees with 12 stages so you can set it according to the hedge you are cutting.
The shaft splits for easy storage and it has a front handle for easier use.
It costs £159, £60 off the price recommended and we deliver it free the next working day with a one-year warranty.
If we continue to get the gales we have had of late this machine would make a great gift.
The Oleo-Mac GS-350 Pro Petrol Chainsaw with Free Starter-Pack, exclusive to us at MowDirect, is made for felling small trees, pruning overhanging branches and cutting firewood.
It has a 38.9ccc engine developing 2hp and a 35cm guide bar. And for people who have not used a chainsaw before, instructions are printed on the body of the machine.
Transparent tanks show the level of fuel and chain oil – lubrication is automatic – and an anti-vibration system makes it comfortable to use.
It weighs 4.4kg and has an inertia-operated chain brake to stop the chain should the saw kick back.
The package which comes with this chain saw includes a safety helmet with visor and ear muffs and chainsaw gloves plus 100ml of two-stroke oil, a litre of chain oil and a fuel mixing bottle.
It costs £195 compared with the recommended price of £289.95 and is delivered free the next working day with a five-year warranty.
More and more garden machinery is being developed using the latest battery technology and this hedgetrimmer is from a range we helped to develop.
The Redback E522DQ-2Ah Cordless Hedgetrimmer has a 40V 2Ah lithium-ion battery which re-charges quickly and doesn’t lose its charge when not in use.
The cutter has 56cm double-reciprocating blades to make hedge trimming faster and it has a rear handle which twists to help you get to those difficult corners and hedge sides.
And it weighs just 3.2kg, far lighter than petrol-powered machines.
The package includes the tool itself, a power belt to hold the battery, battery and charger.
And remember that once you have all this you need only buy the tool itself when you need other machinery as the battery will fit them all.
The complete package costs only £199 compared with the recommended cost of £336 and is delivered free the next working day with a three-year warranty.
And finally a great little mower from a major British company renowned for making top quality garden machinery.
And finally a gift any gardener would be thrilled to receive.
The Hayter Envoy Electric Rear-Roller Lawn Mower (Code: 100J) is made for lawns around half a tennis court in size and is made with a tough plastic cutting deck which will withstand the inevitable bumps and corrosion from grass clippings.
It is light and very easy to manoeuvre and has a 36cm cutting width and seven cutting heights from 13mm to 60mm. Front finds smooth the grass before it is cut and this leads to a more even cut.
Above all it has a rear roller which will leave a striped finish to show off a small lawn to it best.
The 1400W electric motor gives plenty of power to the cutting blade and it has a grass box which holds 38 litres.
One five-star review commented ‘Expectation of a good cut was exceeded – fantastic stripes, picks up well and no problems manoeuvring.’ Other reviews are here.
Delivered free the next working day the mower costs £199, £26 less than the recommended price and it has a two-year warranty.
If you’ve got a gardening gift in mind but can’t see it here please give us a ring on 03454 588905.
We’ve years of experience and are here to help you make the right choice. After all, Christmas comes but once a year and you want to give a present which will be welcomed and not returned as soon the shops open again.
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