5 tools that can make caring for your garden much easier

5 tools that can make caring for your garden much easier

Your garden may offer you solace and space in the sunshine, which can be vital as the summer rolls on through, but it’s an area that can require a lot of care. There are a lot of gardening tasks that you should never skip, and tackling of all of them can be a real chore. However, there are tools out there that can make caring for your garden much more effectively, saving you time and energy.

Robotic lawnmowers

Robotic lawnmowers are a revolutionary tool in garden maintenance. These autonomous devices are designed to mow your lawn without any manual intervention. Equipped with sensors and programmed routes, they navigate through the garden, cutting grass consistently and efficiently. The major advantage of robotic lawnmowers is the time they save. Instead of spending hours pushing a traditional mower, you can set the robotic mower to operate on a schedule, even when you’re not home. This continuous mowing keeps the lawn well-maintained and healthy, as frequent mowing encourages denser growth and reduces weed proliferation.

Automated irrigation systems

Automated irrigation systems are another game-changer for garden maintenance. These systems can be programmed to water your plants at optimal times, ensuring they receive the right amount of moisture without the need for manual watering. This is especially beneficial in large gardens or during hot summer months when plants require frequent watering. Automated systems often include features such as soil moisture sensors and weather forecasts, adjusting watering schedules based on real-time data. This precision not only saves water but also promotes healthier plant growth by preventing both over- and under-watering.

Leaf blowers

Leaf blowers significantly reduce the labour involved in clearing leaves, debris and grass clippings from your garden. Compared to raking, a cordless blower is much faster and requires less physical effort, making garden clean-up a breeze. They are especially useful in the autumn, when leaves can quickly cover your lawn and garden beds. By keeping the garden clear of debris, leaf blowers help maintain a neat appearance and prevent the build-up of material that can harbour pests and diseases.

Weed torches

Weed torches offer an efficient and eco-friendly solution to weed control. These tools use propane to produce a high-temperature flame that quickly kills weeds by disrupting their cell structure. Unlike chemical herbicides, weed torches do not leave harmful residues in the soil and can be used in organic gardening. They are particularly effective for targeting weeds in hard-to-reach areas, such as between paving stones or along garden edges.

Garden sensors

Garden sensors are sophisticated devices that monitor various environmental factors such as soil moisture, temperature, light levels and humidity. These sensors provide real-time data to a connected app or system, enabling gardeners to make informed decisions about watering, fertilising and other maintenance tasks. By using garden sensors, you can ensure that plants receive the right conditions for optimal growth without the guesswork. This technology reduces the risk of plant stress caused by over- or under-watering and helps optimise resource use.

Your time in the garden can be better spent actually enjoying it. Hopefully, the suggestions above help you do that.

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Must-have tools for renovating your home in 2021

Must-have tools for renovating your home in 2021

When you decide to renovate your home, it often feels like there are a million & one tasks that need attention, all at the same time. We sympathise; we’ve been in that precise situation ourselves on a few occasions!

When in this position, you naturally want to ensure that you’re doing the best job as possible, which often requires specific tools. None more so than if you’re undertaking somewhat specific jobs. The last thing you want is to encounter obstacles further down the line, due to being unprepared.

Fear not, we’re here to help! We’ve set out a short list below, detailing some of the must-have tools for renovating your home and what they’re used for in each case. Read on for inspiration, budding builders.

Illustration of a brown ladder against a purple wall

Ladders

This may seem like a glaringly obvious suggestion, but we feel it’s worth mentioning all the same. The worst nightmare when renovating or undertaking any job like this is to find that you need to reach something inaccessible and don’t have the means of doing so safely.

Whilst we can recognise that some jobs can be done without the need for a ladder, it’s always best to have one to hand anyway, to minimise the risk of injury when stretching. Whether you opt for a small stepladder or have one that can extend out to a taller level, the choice is entirely yours. Whatever makes you feel comfortable, and whatever brings value to the job that you’re tackling.

Illustration of a red drill

Drills and associated components

Naturally, many construction tasks require drilling into various parts of your property, so it’s another must-have tool when renovating your home. Not to mention, additional parts are also required to complete jobs like these, including the likes of drill bits & attachments and cowling kits.

If you’re unfamiliar with what these are, they’re provided by businesses like Tool Smart WA. They can protect you from any debris, dust and foreign bodies when drilling to fit a down-light or boring into a plasterboard ceiling.

The cowling kit slots onto your existing drill and can save the job of cleaning up after yourself once you’ve completed the job.

Silhouette illustration of a variety of hammers

Hammers

Another seemingly obvious tool suggestion, but one that includes a variety of versions. Along with standard hammers that we’re used to seeing both in person and in the media, there are other, more specialised hammers, which are used for particular jobs when renovating.

A Japanese cat’s paw is an example of a specific hammer and is specially used to remove nails from wood easily and effectively. This would come in handy when wanting to recycle timber beams or floorboards or to safely remove a wall within your property without any nails potentially causing harm to yourself and others in the vicinity.

While these are but some of the many must-have tools for renovating, we’re confident that they’ll make a drastic difference to the progress of your renovations. Ensuring that you’re as prepared as possible for your building project can make certain that you’ll complete the job in good time!

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Price Points: Moisture meters

Moisture meters | H is for Home

Have you turned the heating on yet? We’ve had the radiators on a couple of times in the past week or so. We mainly have the wood-burning stove chuffing away in whatever room we’re spending most of our time, rather than heating the entire house.

We also have our new Esse stove that needs feeding with logs a few of times per day. Its instruction manual stresses how important it is to only use dry material. Wood that is too wet can ruin the stove and coat the flue and create build-up. It’s recommended that you use logs with no more than 20% moisture content.

The only way to be absolutely certain that your fuel is dry enough is to test it with a moisture meter. It’s the same tool that surveyors use to test walls for rising and penetrating damp. Simply stick the prongs into the centre of the log and the LED display will tell you if the wood is ready to be used.

Moisture meters are relatively inexpensive – £15 to £30 in general. We actually bought ; it’s affordable and comes with spare pins and battery. A small price to pay to ensure that our stove and wood-burning stoves are being treated with care and heating the house effectively and efficiently.

  1. Dr. Meter digital wood moisture meter with 2 spare sensor pins and one 9V battery: £16.99 Amazon
  2. Faithfull damp & moisture meter LCD display Faidetdamp: £18.00, Travis Perkins
  3. Brennenstuhl moisture detector MD: £20.39, Machine Mart

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Brennenstuhl moisture detector MD
Brennenstuhl moisture detector MD
£20.39
Faithfull damp & moisture meter LCD display Faidetdamp
Faithfull damp & moisture meter LCD display Faidetdamp
£18.00
Dr. Meter digital wood moisture meter with 2 spare sensor pins and one 9V battery
Dr. Meter digital wood moisture meter with 2 spare sensor pins and one 9V battery
£16.99
Brennenstuhl moisture detector MD
Brennenstuhl moisture detector MD
£20.39
Faithfull damp & moisture meter LCD display Faidetdamp
Faithfull damp & moisture meter LCD display Faidetdamp
£18.00
Dr. Meter digital wood moisture meter with 2 spare sensor pins and one 9V battery
Dr. Meter digital wood moisture meter with 2 spare sensor pins and one 9V battery
£16.99
Brennenstuhl moisture detector MD
Brennenstuhl moisture detector MD
£20.39
Faithfull damp & moisture meter LCD display Faidetdamp
Faithfull damp & moisture meter LCD display Faidetdamp
£18.00
Dr. Meter digital wood moisture meter with 2 spare sensor pins and one 9V battery
Dr. Meter digital wood moisture meter with 2 spare sensor pins and one 9V battery
£16.99
Brennenstuhl moisture detector MD
Brennenstuhl moisture detector MD
£20.39
Faithfull damp & moisture meter LCD display Faidetdamp
Faithfull damp & moisture meter LCD display Faidetdamp
£18.00
Dr. Meter digital wood moisture meter with 2 spare sensor pins and one 9V battery
Dr. Meter digital wood moisture meter with 2 spare sensor pins and one 9V battery
£16.99
Brennenstuhl moisture detector MD
Brennenstuhl moisture detector MD
£20.39
Faithfull damp & moisture meter LCD display Faidetdamp
Faithfull damp & moisture meter LCD display Faidetdamp
£18.00
Dr. Meter digital wood moisture meter with 2 spare sensor pins and one 9V battery
Dr. Meter digital wood moisture meter with 2 spare sensor pins and one 9V battery
£16.99

Price Points: Pocket multi-tools

Pocket multi-tools | H is for Home

If I were ever to be a guest on Desert Island Discs, my luxury item to have with me would be one of these pocket multi-tools. Justin carries one on his keyring, and it often saves the day… and we’re not even on a desert island most of the time! Knife, scissors and bottle opener are the most called upon for us, but regular campers, mountaineers or hikers will no doubt utilise the full gamut of gadgets.

is really cute and comes with a selection of basic tools. #2 is solid with a beautiful wooden handle and an unusual hammer tool (something the other two lack) with cleverly integrated pliers. , the classic Swiss Army knife, is so splendidly designed and has an amazing range of functions.

  1. Kikkerland crab multi tool: £14.99, Waterstones
    9-in-one multi-tool – features include:
    • mini-scissors • bottle opener • can opener • screwdrivers • mini-cutter & saw
  2. Many-tools-in-one system: £29, Orvis
    Stainless steel and hardwood multi-tool – features include:
    • hammer • two slotted screwdrivers • can opener • serrated blade • knife • pliers • wire cutter/stripper • nail claw • Phillips screwdriver
  3. VICTORINOX Swiss Champ knife: £63.20, Blacks
    An impressive 33 tools in a tool that is less than 10cm in length – features include:
    • large blade • small blade • corkscrew • can opener • small screwdriver • cap lifter • screwdriver • wire stripper • punch • reamer • stainless steel key ring • tweezers • toothpick • scissors • multi-purpose hook • wood saw • fish scaler • hook disgorger • ruler (cm + inches) • nail file • metal file • nail cleaner • metal saw • fine screwdriver • chisel • pliers • wire cutters • wire crimping tool • Phillips screwdriver • magnifying glass • pressurised ballpoint pen • pin (stainless steel) • mini-screwdriver (pat.) • sewing eye

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VICTORINOX Swiss Champ knife
VICTORINOX Swiss Champ knife
£63.20
Many-tools-in-one system
Many-tools-in-one system
£29.00
Kikkerland crab multi tool
Kikkerland crab multi tool
£14.99
VICTORINOX Swiss Champ knife
VICTORINOX Swiss Champ knife
£63.20
Many-tools-in-one system
Many-tools-in-one system
£29.00
Kikkerland crab multi tool
Kikkerland crab multi tool
£14.99
VICTORINOX Swiss Champ knife
VICTORINOX Swiss Champ knife
£63.20
Many-tools-in-one system
Many-tools-in-one system
£29.00
Kikkerland crab multi tool
Kikkerland crab multi tool
£14.99
VICTORINOX Swiss Champ knife
VICTORINOX Swiss Champ knife
£63.20
Many-tools-in-one system
Many-tools-in-one system
£29.00
Kikkerland crab multi tool
Kikkerland crab multi tool
£14.99
VICTORINOX Swiss Champ knife
VICTORINOX Swiss Champ knife
£63.20
Many-tools-in-one system
Many-tools-in-one system
£29.00
Kikkerland crab multi tool
Kikkerland crab multi tool
£14.99