10 brilliant gadgets for your garden
10th Jun 2009 | 10:07
Because being outside is the new indoors
Brilliant gadgets for your garden
Ah, summer. Strawberries and cream, the smack of leather on willow and you wielding the mightiest weedhacker known to man.
But it's not all hard work - modern tech has taken the tedium out of tending your garden. Heck, you might even have some fun.
Here's are 10 great gadgets that could help...
1. Black & Decker Alligator GKC1000 cordless powered lopper - £100
After months of sitting indoors playing videogames, your muscles are now so weak you can barely lift a blade of glass, never mind cutting thick branches off the local shrubbery.
The 18v Black & Decker Alligator helps you out with Ni-Cad battery powered jaws that turn branches into wood chippings, with up to 150 3.5cm cuts per hour. Blisters? What blisters?
2. Hozelock Auto AquaPod 10 watering system - £50
Face it, you'd rather have a drink yourself than water the garden, especially when the latter involves tedious to-ing and fro-ing with a heavy, messy watering can.
Luckily, hosepipe wizard Hozelock has come up with the AquaPod - an automatic watering system than can help you keep between 10 and 39 potted plants alive.
The kit comprises two green cylindrical AquaPod pumps, a series of flexible hoses and drippers, and an AC1+ water computer that you can program to get the AquaPod automatically watering for you.
Hozelock says the AquaPod takes just five minutes to set up and uses 90 percent less water than a watering can - so it's eco-friendly, too.
3. Bosch ALR 900 lawn raker - £100
Grass might seem like an easy option for the reluctant gardener, but as your grandad probably told you there's an awful lot more to it than a quick mow once a month.
The Bosch ALR 900 keeps your lawn in tip-top condition by raking, scarifying and aerating it - enabling you to keep leaves, moss and other lawn problems at bay.
The ALR 900 comes with a 900W electric motor and an innovative jet fan to scoop up 60 per cent more debris than lesser machines. It even includes a folding grass box with a capacity of 50-litres.
4. Ryobi RLT-30CET line trimmer - £170
Petrol strimmers might seem a bit old school in this company - but the Ryobi RLT-30CET is a weedhacker with a difference.
Instead of forcing your puny arms to pull on a starter rope to get its 30cc engine to fire, it comes with a unique electronic starter - you simply push the TouchStart button to go - just like on a Ferrari.
True, the Ryobi's 1bhp can't match that of the Maranello marvel, but when did you ever see a Ferrari hacking down nettles? Exactly.
5. Redfyre 33 gas barbecue - £679
There's undoubtedly something primeval about fire + roasting flesh - but that doesn't mean you have to wear an animal skin and call your girlfriend Ug.
The Redfyre 33 barbecue features four stainless steel burners instead of old-fashioned charcoal and even packs in a ceramic rotisserie burner and spit for suckling pigs and suchlike.
The Redfyre 33 also doubles as a smoker, ridding your food of unwanted fat, gristle and carcinogens, while retaining that wood fire taste. Best of all, the Redfyre 33 is an absolute bargain - it used to sell for £1,179.
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6. Griffin Evolve wireless sound system - £280
No summer barbecue is complete without some sounds to make you sizzle - which is where the Griffin Evolve comes in.
Designed to work with all kinds of iPod as well as other MP3 players, it comprises a base station with rechargeable battery-powered speakers that you can place up to 150 metres away - making them ideal for the garden.
The base station handily charges both the speakers and your iPod, and you can even use multiple systems - the speakers automatically recognise which system they're partnered with and so won't cause interference with others.
7. Toro 3-in-1 Recycler Mower - £160
A cut above your average lawnmower, the Toro 3-in-1 recycler gives you the choice of either spinning the cuttings in to a regular grass bag, or chewing them up and spitting them out as a mulch.
Flick the switch on the adjustable handle to Recycling and the Toro finely chops up cuttings before returning them deep into the grass - something that not only keeps them out of sight, but can help feed your lawn as well.
The Toro comes with a powerful 1400W electric motor, 41cm cutting blade and easy cut height adjustment. It also includes a 40-litre grass bag and clip-on roller for that striped effect.
8. PLM UniLED square solar tiles - £55 each
You don't have to be an expert electrician to get great lighting in your garden - as these PLM square solar tiles prove.
More capable and robust that many of the cheapo solutions you find in your local DIY shack, these lights come in a range of colours for stunning night lighting effects and are super easy to install in a patio or on your drive.
Made from clear polycarbonate, the lights contain a Ni-MH cell with a average life of 5 years, or can last for 10 years if married with a capacitive discharge cell.
They automagically light up at dusk and should have enough juice to last for 8 hours - great then for that all-night garden party.
9. Black & Decker GKC1817 cordless chainsaw - £90
Favoured by lumberjacks and amateur horror film makers, the Black & Decker GKC1817 Cordless Chainsaw comes with a 16cm blade and an interchangeable 18v battery pack that's good for up to 150 3.5cm cuts between recharges.
Its compact design and 2.8kg weight also make it incredibly easy to wield.
10. Husqvarna Automower Solar Hybrid - £2,000
The ultimate geek gardening gadget. The Husqvarna Automower Solar Hybrid is a completely autonomous robot mower with its own built in solar panel, enabling it to recharge itself when not in use.
The Automower comes with built-in guide wires and large coarse-treaded wheels that enable it to cross unusual lawn shapes and uneven terrain. A large single knob make its easy to adjust the cut height, and the Automower is equipped with three rotating blades for a great quality finish.
Other goodies include built-in anti-theft protection, a built-in Ni-MH battery that's good for 90 minutes of mowing on a 45 minute charge using the supplied charging station.
You may also want to check out the €4,000 (£3,539) Automower 260 CX. Designed for bigger lawns, this beauty can send you SMS texts if it gets disturbed.
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