AUTUMN is near – so now is the time to get your garden out for the cold weather in the future and handle any emerging DIY tasks.
Make the most of the drier weather this bank holiday weekend with these handy gadgets for the outdoors.
Long live the lawn – Ryobi cordless scarifier £ 219.99, Amazon
Now is a great time to give your lawn some love and care.
Cleaning moss and dead grass with a rake is laborious but this scarifier makes it faster.
The blades thin out the grass and aerate the soil so that your lawn will thrive throughout the year.
The restored battery is sold separately and can be shared with other Ryobi tools you may have.
Drill sergeant – Bosch Truvo £ 36, B&Q
Take away the risk from drilling, thanks to this handy gadget.
The Bosch Truvo locates the pipes and wires inside the walls so you always know exactly where to drill – and more importantly where not.
It uses an LED traffic-light system and warning tones to keep you organized.
Just run it into the wall and drill when you get the green light.
Branch – The Karcher CNS 18-30 cordless chainaw is £ 199.99 now £ 169.99, kaercher.com
Make the trees into shape with this handy chainaw. Your arms will thank you.
Handheld saws may be cheaper but will take ages to cut larger branches.
This chainaw is a bargain and will get you back to lounging in the sun the next in no time.
The battery and charger are sold separately but can be shared with other Karcher tools.
Dreamy ride – Karcher K3 compact home pressure washer, 120 bar, £ 129.98, Toolstation.com
Get your driveway looking new again with this powerful machine that will blow up all the trash and moss between the bricks and tiles.
Also great for fences, patios and removing stubborn birds from your car.
Light it up-Philips Hue external lightstrip, 2m, £ 99.99, Philips-Hue.com
Illuminate your garden with lights that can be set with a timer, or even voice control using Alexa or Google Home.
The lightstrip can be bent or curved to illuminate the paths and you can change the color to suit your mood.
A five -meter version costs £ 169.99.
Keep warm and catching – Gtech HeatWave, £ 149.99, gtech.co.uk
Do more outdoors – even draw nights – with this compact patio heater.
It is powered by mains so setting up is simple.
Just mount it in your chosen place, plug it in and turn on up to six meters of infrared heat.
Lose Leaves – Bosch Universal Garden Tidy 2300, £ 109.99, Robert Dyas
The combination of leaf blower, vacuum and shredder will turn a drive full of leaves into a small pile of mulch in a breeze.
Easily switch between modes on your go.
It’s also quieter than traditional leaf blowers, though we recommend you wear ear plugs.
Gutter clean-Wolf-Garten 2-in-1 gutter cleaner, £ 44.99, local garden centers
Worried about leaves clogging the canal with autumn almost here?
This quirky gadget and a four meter long handle means you don’t need a ladder.
It has a leaf scoop and gutter brush.
The Wolf-Garten 60-plus tool works with 11 different handles to save storage space and money.
Security and lighting – Arlo security camera and lighting, £ 259.99, Currys
Keep an eye on deliveries, check when kids can return – or alert intruders.
Plus, take a look at what you’re doing when it comes home.
It will be easy to draw nights.
Top-end security camera and lighting in one.
Seats and clean – Keter Hollywood Storage, £ 30, B&Q
Set aside your leaf blower or pillows.
Plus, sit here and relax after some gardening or DIY.
It’s plastic made of wood so it looks nice – and there’s no need to paint.
Walking in the price of garden equipment
GARDEN garden prices climbed during the pandemic by up to 155 percent.
Which consumer group? found major retailers now charge consumers thousands of pounds more for some popular outdoor items.
It compares prices across 2000 different sheds, tables and chairs from six major DIY and garden chains between July 2019 and June of this year.
For five of the retailers, the biggest increase came between the second half of 2020 and the first half of 2021.
Shed saw the biggest price increase.
The Shire 12x24ft Mammoth Loglap Timber Shed blue started at £ 2,799.99 from Screwfix before ending at £ 5,395.99 two years later.
That’s an increase of £ 2,596 – almost double.
A hobby sold by Homebase has nearly doubled in price – the Mercia shed / greenhouse combi was £ 695 in 2019, but £ 1,210 two years later.
In terms of tables and chairs, the Denia Wooden 6 -Seater Dining Set, available from B&Q, cost £ 247 in July 2019, but in July 2021 it costs £ 369 – a 49 per cent increase.
In July 2020, Forest Garden Lyon Arbor from Screwfix and Toolstation was £ 179.99 on Toolstation, but at the end of the season it cost £ 261.98. At Screwfix, it started at £ 219.99 and ended at £ 341.99.
Each retailer Which? looked at raised garden furniture prices between the second half of 2020 and first half of 2021.
Wickes saw the biggest average increase, with outside goods worth 13 percent more this year than in 2020.
It’s Clark, which one? The retail editor, said: “Many people looked to speed up their gardens with new outdoor furniture during the pandemic, but our analysis showed that consumers were hit with price increases. which catches the eye for the most popular items.
“Anyone looking to buy garden furniture should consider shopping around for the best prices, exploring the second-hand market or sorting out what they already have if that’s an option.
“It’s also wise to plan ahead with any furniture purchase right now.
“Large or special custom items can take a few weeks longer than usual to arrive, so think carefully about what you might need at the end of the year and order it now, if that’s possible. “