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Latest In Gardening Gadgets and Tools With Eugene Higgins 

Friday, 20 April 2007


Greenfingers Eugene Higgins joins us with all the latest gadgets and tools for the gardener.

Price: €2, 400

The Automower conveniently cuts your lawn automatically giving you time to do other things. It is environmentally friendly, emission-free and operates quietly. The safe cutting technique and the low energy consumption make the cutting very efficient and the mower is designed to work in various types of gardens and requirements. The running costs are only around £0.50 to £1.50 per month for the electricity consumed, depending on the size of the lawn.

The Automower can even feed your lawn with a natural fertilizer. Because the Automower cuts your grass more regularly, the cuttings produced are so fine that they decompose quickly, providing a natural fertilizer for the lawn. This means that there's no need to collect the grass. Unlike conventional mowers, three razor-like blades cut the grass rather than tear it. The irregular movement pattern results in a very even finish and a carpet-like look. Should the mower come into contact with an obstacle, such as a tree or rock, it just reverses safely and selects a new direction before continuing.

The Automower is very silent and hence keeps the neighbours happy. The noise level is only around 63 dB (A), which is low when you consider the average lawn mower operates at between 90 and 100 dB (A). So it won't disturb the neighbors.
The battery is maintenance free, but has a limited life span of 1-3 years. The battery may only be replaced by a dealer. Battery life is dependent on the length of the season and how many hours per day the Auto Mower is used. A long season or many hours of use per day, means that the battery must be replaced more regularly.
The Automower can handle any areas up to 1800m² +/- 20%, depending on the complexity of the garden.

Don't have the blades on your lawnmower too low as it till weaken grass if it is cut too short and it also causes growth of moss and more weeds.

Multi-Change Range
Multistar Moss Removal Rake - €39.99 - removes moss from lawn effortlessly without damaging grass plants.
 Multistar comfort pruning Saw - €32.99 - For the easy & effective removal of unwanted branches, pivet blade for choice of angles
 Multistar window cleaner - €21.99 - for easy effecient cleaning of window both indoors & out.
All widely available.
All suitable for any wolf garden handle size so one handle is all you need.

Price: €199

Vital in a modern gardener's shed.
The R80 which we have in studio is suitable for domestic use.
. 5,5HP (Honda GX 160)
. 8 hammers, 1 hardened steel blade
. Cuts branches up to 50mm        

Price: €31.99 each incl. VAT.

As this range has literally just been launched there are only a small number of independent retailers currently stocking the products. They do expect to have a much wider distribution in the coming weeks, however, with Garden Centres and Hardware Stores nationwide as their first targets.

This new "Classic" range from Senator takes its inspiration from traditional Victorian tools of yesteryear, when gardeners knew the true value of well-designed tools and how they made light work of gardening jobs.

Over the years, long-handled garden tools have shrunk in size whilst our average height has increased, thus resulting in inefficient working and placing added strain to the back. Tools such as the Classic Rake have an extra-long handle, some 20% longer than more modern-designed tools, which greatly increases efficiency and reduces backache.

The Digging Spade and Digging Fork feature traditional, classically styled 'YD' ash handles and shafts with 'double-turned' detail.


. To remove rust from garden tools, mix 2 tbsp of salt with 1 tbsp of lemon juice. Apply to the rust with a cloth and rub it hard to remove the rust.
. Pour 10/ 12 spoonfuls of baking soda into the hose to wash off grime. Turn the nozzle, pour in baking soda and allow water to run through the hose.
. Before putting tools back into the shed, apply oil and WD40 to them.
. Always make sure to lock the garden shed, especially if you have young children.

Price: €91.99 for small
€116.50 for bigger size.

A new cost-effective and hassle free alternative to the traditional skip. Babyskip comes in two sizes, Midi 1 cubic yard and Mega 1.8 cubic yards. The product comes flat packed in an easy to transport carrier bag, which contains instructions on how to fill your Babyskip.

So how does it work?
Firstly, choose a BabySkip bag that best suits your needs. You have two choices;
Midi Skip - 1 ton / 1 cubic yards. Measuring 90 x 90 x 90 cm. These are ideal for disposing of general household or commercial waste. The Bag costs €13.99 from your local stockist. When you have filled your Midi BabySkip, call your customer service team to arrange collection and payment of €78.00.
Mega Skip - 1.5 ton / 1.8 cubic yards. Measuring 180 x 90 x 80 cm
Ideal for disposal of those larger bulkier items such as bathroom suites, cabinets and kitchen units. Bag costs €18.50 from your local stockist. When your skip is filled please call the customer service team to arrange collection and payment of €98.00.All prices include VAT.

. Cheaper than using an equivalent steel skip.
. Ideal for general household, garden and DIY waste.
. Easy to use.
. No need to waste time waiting for a skip to be delivered or going to the tip.
. Collected within 5 working days Monday - Saturday 6.00am - 9.00pm.
. Eco-friendly, we recycle 75% of all waste collected.
. Flexible, we can collect when you are not present.

For More Information
Eugene's plant setting is provided by Blackbanks Garden Centre in Dublin.

The Automower

Wolf Garden Multi-Star Range
Many garden Centres such as Arboretum, Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre, Kilkenny Road, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, Ireland. 353 59 9721558

Shredder , Atlantic Homecare, & Hardwares and Garden Centres nationwide.

Retro Tools
The Whelehan Group,
3, Northern Cross Business Park,
Dublin 11.
Phone:  + 353-1-806 8600

Available in all leading DIY, garden centres and bedding supplies


Eugene has all the latest gardening gadgets