Garden Furniture Buying Guide

Garden & Outdoor Buying Guide

It’s time to prep your garden for summer! To help you get your green fingers on we’ve put together a little guide to picking the right tools for the job so you’re all set for parties, barbies, play times and well-deserved relaxing.

Just click on the area you are interested in below.

Lawnmowers

Lawnmowers

Choosing the right lawnmower to suit the shape and size of your lawn will help you keep it in perfect trim. Just check out the information below.

Type of Lawnmower

Hover lawnmowers - glide on top of the grass, this makes them easy to use and manoeuvre whilst cutting your grass and extremely easy to cut grass on uneven surface, around corners, under bushes. Hover lawnmowers are perfect for small to medium gardens; the bigger models can be used for larger gardens. They’re easy to store and space saving as the handle folds so you can hang them in a shed or garage wall.

The cutting system is a horizontally rotating blade, which cuts the grass like a scythe, collecting or dropping clippings as it goes. Hover lawnmowers work best on shorter grass and are good to keep your grass short, neat and tidy. However for longer grass and larger lawns a rotary or petrol mower may be preferable. Due to the fact that these mowers “hover” on a cushion of air they do tend to throw out some grass clipping.

Rotary lawnmowers - are ideal for most grass lengths, adjustable to cut fine or long grass, give a tidy finish. To give the garden a classic stripe finished look combine the rotary lawnmower with a rear roller. They come with adjustable cutting height, removable grass clippings box, and built-in roller for a striped effect. Rotary mowers come in electric or petrol-driven models, and are either manual push or self-propelled mowers; self-propelled is worth considering if you have difficulty pushing a mower or have a large area to cover.

Cylinder lawnmowers - achieve the best looking finished garden definitely for proud or serious gardener. Comes with a rear roller to give the garden a classic stripe finished look. They cut the grass in a scissor action, two blades passing by one another. Cylinders cut effectively on even ground and on frequently cut grass. All cylinders leave a striped effect.

Lawn Size

Match the type of lawn mower you choose with the size and shape of your garden.

Small lawns - up to 50 sq. m, an electric lawn mower with a 30-33cm cutting width or a hand cylinder mower is suitable.

Medium lawns - up to 250sq. m, go for an electric lawn mower with a 35-40cm cutting width. If your lawn is a long way from a power socket, a small petrol lawn mower is the best option. They start at about 40cm wide.

Large lawns - 250sq. m plus, look for a petrol lawn mower with a cutting width of 46cm or more. If you have a large lawn and find pushing a petrol mower too hard work, opt for a self-propelled version. Some come with a self-start version too, which means you don’t have to struggle with a starter cord.

Power Type

Electric - The most popular type of lawnmower they easy to maintain, fairly light easy to use and give you con-stant power whilst mowing your lawn. However the only thing you need to be aware of the length of the cable and extension lead, so for small to medium gardens they are ideal. Corded lawnmowers are comparatively lower in price.

Battery Power - Powerful and versatile, the use of rechargeable batteries offers you the freedom to mow your lawn without the hassle of a corded mower i.e. length or cable and extension leads. These are ideal for small to medium sized lawns. For larger gardens models with multiple batteries are ideal as they allow you to have one on charge whilst the other is in use.

Petrol - These are ideal for medium and large areas and offer all the power you will ever need, plus the versa-tility that comes with having no wires. They have the range to tackle the largest mowing tasks. A petrol lawnmower can go anywhere as it's not tied to a power outlet, and it can generally cope with longer grass due to the extra power. However petrol lawnmowers are noisy compared to other types of lawnmower and do require maintenance to keep them running for years.

Hand Powered - These offer a fine cut and are ideal for small lawns. However as they use only manpower its often hard work! They're lightweight and compact and therefore so easy to store in a garage, shed or even a cupboard.

Safety info

  • Never use your electric lawnmower in wet weather.
  • With electric lawnmowers, check that the socket outlet has RCD protection and test the RCD to make sure it's working.
  • Position an electric mower's trailing cable away from the cutting direction.
  • Always switch off (and unplug with an electric mower) and make sure the blades are still before you lift the mower to remove jammed clippings or empty the grass box.
  • Use and store petrol safely.
  • Keep children and animals away from the area.
  • Before you mow, remove stones and thicker twigs and branches that could fly up and hurt you or damage the blades and mower.
  • Please read and follow the manufacturer's instructions before using your lawnmower.

Hedge Trimmers

Hedge Trimmers

Please check the features below to help you find the right tool to transform your hedge.

Features

Blade length - The size of hedge can specify the length of the blade you would require. The longer the blade the more hedges you can cut in one stroke, and the quicker you can complete the job. However longer blades also require more power and larger heavier motors so weigh up blade size versus ease of use. Blade lengths range from 14 to 30 inches with long blades of 22 to 30 inches providing extended reach for taller or wider hedges.

Blade width - the blade width indicates the space between teeth and the maximum thickness the trimmer can cut through, e.g. 20mm blade width will be able to cut through a maximum 20mm branch.

Weight - The larger the blade size is the heavier the hedge trimmer will be. Make sure it feels comfortable as you will be holding it for long periods of time at awkward angles.

Power type

Electric - Ensure you check the cord length for the size of your garden, if you have a large garden you may need an extension lead to help you reach the furthest part of your garden. Leads come in various sizes from small, light trimmers to larger cut machines. For your safety, please make sure you have a residual current device (RCD) to protect any power sockets you’ll use, and test it regularly.

Battery Power - Ideal for trimming smaller hedges or bushes, run on rechargeable batteries. Completely portable as there are no cords.

There are two battery types available Nickel cadmium (NiCad) & Lithium ion. Batteries will need to be charged for 4 - 6 hours before first use.

  • Nickel cadmium - batteries are normally cheaper and heavier than there Lithium counterparts.
  • Lithium ion - batteries tend to be smaller in size and lighter in weight. In addition, lithium ion has virtually no self-discharge, so you can store a lithium ion battery for months without losing charge.
  • Petrol - These trimmers are larger, heavier machines. They're useful if you have large or overgrown hedges that are far from a power source. But as with all petrol machines they are noisy, create exhaust fumes and can be tiring to use for long periods.

    Please ensure you use the correct petrol to oil mix; otherwise you could damage your tool. Please check the tools user guide for further information.

Grass Trimmers

Grass Trimmers

Grass trimmers are perfect for cutting and tidying the grass area that a lawnmower is unable to reach.

Brush cutters usually feature a durable blade can make light work of overgrown areas with nettles and bramble. As with most garden cutting, the larger the cut, the quicker you finish the job.

Features

Telescopic - Allows you to reach in a comfortable trimming position, extend to suit your height.

Rotating head - This allows you to change the angle of the head to cut horizontal standing grass or grass against a wall, or to cut vertically against a path or soil border, without having to change handle position. With some models, the head angle can be altered to cut beneath over-hanging plants, too. Some trimmers can be laid completely flat to cut under benches.

Bump-feed trimmers - These trimmers have a lump on the bottom of the head, which releases more line when its 'bumped' on the ground, allowing you to control the line feed.

Automatic-feed trimmers - These trimmers feed out line automatically as the line gets shorter, for continuous use.

Manual line-feed trimmers - These trimmers rely on you to pull out more line when you need it, so you’re in control of the feed.

Power types

Electric - Ideal for trimming and edging smaller garden areas. Whilst corded trimmers have more power than cordless trimmers they are less portable. These come in various sizes from small, light trimmers to large garden clearance machines. Please make sure you check the cord length for the size of your garden, if you have a large garden you may need an extension lead to help you reach the furthest part of your garden. For your safety, please make sure you have a residual current device (RCD) to protect any power sockets you’ll use, and test it regularly.

Battery Power- Ideal for trimming and edging smaller garden areas, run on rechargeable batteries. No restriction on the cord makes it completely portable.

There are two battery types available, Nickel cadmium (NiCad) & Lithium ion. Batteries will need to be charged for 4 - 6 hours before first use

  • Nickel cadmium - batteries are normally cheaper and heavier than Lithium batteries.
  • Lithium ion - batteries tend to be smaller in size and lighter in weight. In addition, lithium ion has virtually no self-discharge, so you can store a lithium ion battery for months without losing charge.

Petrol - Fantastic for clearing heavy undergrowth and larger gardens. Unlike battery operated models, these tools don’t need charging - just fill up and go.

Please ensure you use the correct petrol to oil mix, otherwise you could damage your tool. Refer to the tools user guide for further information.

Chainsaws

Chainsaws

Chainsaws are ideal for cutting trees, heavy duty lopping and pruning branches, cutting logs. So which chain-saw is right for you? If you want to cut the occasional overhanging tree branch, then you won't require a more expensive professional quality saw. If you want to regularly chop firewood, or use your saw on a daily basis, a more reliable higher quality saw is a good idea and worth the extra money. The type of wood you cut is also important. Hardwoods will require a more powerful saw than comparable sized softwoods.

For your safety, any garden tool should be used with the correct safety gear, especially chainsaws. Always read the safety instructions provided.

Before removing any trees you must check with your local authority for any preservation orders that may be in place. A qualified professional should carry out any advanced tree surgery.

Chainsaw Size - The length of the chain saw’s cutting blade is known as the chain bar. The chain bar should be longer than the piece of wood being cut, so look for a longer chain bar if you have thicker wood to cut.

Weight - The weight of a chainsaw is very important. If you need a big displacement saw for one job, move to a smaller saw for lighter duty jobs as you will tire easy and sawing can become dangerous.

Power type

Electric - Electric saws are great for smaller projects and less experienced users. They're quieter than petrol models, are lightweight, easy to start and require less maintenance. However, they have less power than petrol saws and you do need to be careful with the trailing cord. For your safety, please make sure you have a residual current device (RCD) to protect any power sockets you’ll use, and test it regularly.

Petrol - These Chainsaws by comparison are large, heavy machines but are a must if you're out and about in in larger gardens, as they don't need mains electricity and can be used anywhere. However, they do need regular topping up so you'll need to have a supply of petrol/oil mix readily available.

Please ensure you use the correct petrol to oil mix, otherwise you could damage your tool. Refer to the tools user guide for further information.

Safety tips

  • For cutting safely make sure the chainsaw bar length is longer than the diameter of the wood.
  • Check that the kick back guard is in the forward position when you are cutting, pull towards the handle and your chain should rotate freely. The back guard plastic is there as a safety measure.
  • Applying extreme force can damage the chainsaw; just let the tool do the cutting.
  • And please make sure that the chain has stopped rotating before putting the tool down.
  • Don’t cut above your or anyone else’s head, as gravity will affect your control of the tool...

Garden Vac and Blowers

Garden Vac and Blowers

Garden blowers and vacuums are brilliant tools to have during the Autumn/Winter months when the trees shed their leaves.

Blower - Lighter than a garden vac, a blower is handy if you have a lot of leaves to collect, as you don’t have to keep emptying them. You can use the tool to direct leaves to an area where you can easily collect them, for ease near your garden waste bin or compost heap.

Vacuum - A garden vac collects the leaves, shreds and collects them into a bag to be emptied. Some have the option to shred or mulch the leaves. You can easily dispose this into your garden waste bin or your compost heap. If you have a lot of leaves to collect from your garden you will need to keep emptying it a few times.

Blower Vac - These tools give you the best of both worlds by utilising both the Blower and Vacuum functions in one handy unit. Some also have a shredding / mulching option which saves space in the bag and means less emptying.

Power type

Electric - You will need to ensure you cable is long enough to reach your entire garden or have the correct ex-tension leads. Lighter in weight and quieter than petrol models, these are great for smaller garden areas. For safety, please make sure you have a residual current device (RCD) to protect any power sockets you’ll use, and test it regularly.

Petrol - These Blower/Vacs are larger heavier machines but are a must if you're out and about in in larger gar-dens, as they don't need mains electricity and can be used anywhere.

Please ensure you use the correct petrol to oil mix, otherwise you could damage your tool. Refer to the tools user guide for further information.

Shredders

Shredders

A garden shredder is a tool that will shred small branches, shrubs, hedge pruning and leaves into wood chips and compact pile for easier disposal or composting.

There are two main types of shredder: impact and roller models - also known as rapid and quiet shredders

Quiet or Roller shredders - these shredders have a crushing mechanism, either with a toothed wheel against a metal plate, or a corkscrew mechanism. They work really well on wood only branches to produce wood chips. The toothed wheel shredders have an adjustment point that is used to ensure that your shredder is working to the maximum. The roller action draws material through the machine, which can make it easy to shred lots of material, but also tends to get blocked by greener, more fibrous material.

Impact or Rapid shredders - have a disk that spins at high speed with a blade attached. These shredders can deal with green foliage and are better suited to thinner branches. The blades attached to the disk need to be replaced as they wear. These shredders are noisier than the roller models.

Power type

Electric - Most shredders are powered by electricity, so you’ll need to have a power source close enough to plug it in, or an appropriate extension cable. If you have a very large garden, this could affect whether you’re able to shred next to the compost heap, but many shredders have wheels, making it easier to push them across your garden. Many of them also come with collection bags that will make it even easier to dispose of the shredding. For safety, please make sure you have a residual current device (RCD) to protect any power sockets you’ll use, and test it regularly.

You'll need some basic personal protective equipment to use a shredder safely: goggles, gloves and ear-defenders.

Lawn Rakes, Scarifiers and Cultivators

Lawn Rakes, Scarifiers and Cultivators

Even if you cut your lawn regularly and collect the grass clippings, dead grass and moss will build up in the turf. Left in the grass this layer, called thatch, will slow down surface drainage and mean that less air will be able to reach the grass roots which will affect its growth.

The solution is to rake out this material and aerate the turf. You could do this by hand using a lawn rake and garden fork. But to make life easier you may want to buy a lawn scarifier or lawn raker.

Lawn Rakes - can be used to simply pick up cut grass or leaves that have fallen on top of the grass or can be used for light de-thatching of the lawn.

Scarifiers - A scarifier cuts the surface of the turf, removing thatch and allowing air to reach the grass roots; this job should be done once a year. Not one to do before a garden party but the results a week or two later are impressive.

Cultivators - Cultivators are a lot more heavy duty than scarifiers. A cultivator is used in areas such as allotments or vegetable plots, where you need to break down the soil.

Power Types

Electric - You will need to ensure you cable is long enough to reach your entire garden or have the correct ex-tension leads to complete your task. An electrical is lighter in weight and for smaller garden areas an electrical tool is ideal for the job, cleaner and quieter. For safety, please make sure you have a residual current device (RCD) to protect any power sockets you’ll use, and test it regularly.

Petrol - by comparison are large, heavy machines but are a must if you're out and about in in larger gardens, as they don't need mains electricity and can be used anywhere.

Please ensure you use the correct petrol to oil mix, otherwise you could damage your tool. Refer to the tools user guide for further information.

Pressure Washers

Pressure Washers

Pressure washers are the ultimate multipurpose garden tools, brilliant for various tasks such as cleaning patios, paving landscaping, cars, bikes and tools.

A pressure washer, or high pressure cleaner, draws water from a hosepipe, pumps it up to a high pressure and then releases it through a small gap in the nozzle. At higher pressure the water can force dirt and grime away that would otherwise be difficult to remove. Because the water is at pressure, it doesn’t take much water to complete the job. So which pressure washer is right for you?

Light use pressure washers

  • Barbecue grill
  • Garden Furniture
  • Small decks & patio
  • Lawn mower
  • Mountain bike
  • Conservatory

Medium use pressure washers

  • Car
  • Driveway
  • Decking & patio
  • Exterior wall
  • Conservatory
  • Caravan

Heavy duty use pressure washers

  • Exterior wall/siding
  • Large car/truck
  • Kennel
  • Machinery
  • Large boat/yacht
  • Rust/paint/graffiti

Heating

Using one of our outdoor heating solutions will add a welcome bit of warmth to those chilly evenings, and give a real ambience and atmosphere to gatherings with friends and family after dusk.

Fire pits - Enjoy the warmth and glow of an open fire in your garden with a fantastic firepit. Stylishly designed, they're a fantastic way to bring warmth to an outdoor gathering as well as create a focal point and make a design statement. Although not intended as a replacement for a versatile barbecue, these innovative products can also be used to cook over - and are perfect for roasting marshmallows!

Please keep Children and pets away from the product while in use.

Chimenea - You can add hours onto your summer evenings with family and friends by lighting this beautiful outdoor fireplace, enjoying a glass of wine as day turns into night.

These come in two different styles either the traditional Clay or the modern Steel.

Clay chimneas with need to be sealed in order to be protected against frost, while applying a layer of sand or Lava rock to the bottom of your chimenea will prevent it cracking. Weatherproof covers will help to protect from sun and rain.

Heaters - Too chilly to go out on your patio tonight? No problem, just push a button and your deck or pool area will be transformed into a comfortable, warm, summer like area in minutes, at any time of year.

Power Type

Electric heaters - Outdoor heating units that use electricity can be placed virtually anywhere and provide instant heat with very little warm up time. Electric outdoor heaters radiate maximum power and operate at high efficiency levels, making them economical, efficient, and effective. Outdoor patio heaters that use electricity for outdoor heating are available in table top, free-standing, and wall and ceiling mounts. Electric outdoor patio heaters can be used in garages, workshops and enclosed patio areas.

Gas Patio Heater - gives you the freedom to place the heater anywhere in the garden without the cables. Propane outdoor heaters are not to be used in enclosed areas.

Before you can use your Gas heater you will need to buy or hire a Gas bottle from your local stockist or online. They normally use Propane Gas (Red bottles) or Patio Gas (Green bottles) please refers to user guide to confirm this.

Biofuel fires - use bioethanol gel to produce a warm, bright flame without generating soot or ash. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, they require no installation and minimal assembly and maintenance. As a flue less fire, they need no chimney, gas connection or electricity supply so are truly portable. Simple, stylish designs help to create atmosphere and will suit any indoor or outdoor decorative styles.
Bio Fuel can be purchased at your local DIY store.

Safety Information

Fire pits / Chimenea

  • These products are for use outdoor in a well-ventilated area.
  • Take care to ensure that it is not placed near or under any combustible surface.
  • Never move these products once lit - keep Children & pets away.
  • Do not use spirit or petrol for lighting the products only use firelighters that comply with EN1860-3.
  • Always make sure the coals have been fully extinguished and are completely cool before applying any covers or storing away - remember coals can remain hot for sometime and could re-ignite under certain conditions.

Gas Patio heater

  • These products are for use outdoor in a well-ventilated area.
  • Take care to ensure that it is not placed near or under any combustible surface.
  • Never move these products once lit - keep Children & pets away.
  • Always inspect the hose for cuts, cracks, or excessive wear before use. If the hose is damaged, it must be replaced with suitable hose.
  • Always make sure the heater is completely cool before applying any covers or storing away.
  • Please refer to the User guide for further information.

BBQ's

BBQ's

Nothing says summertime like a perfectly barbecued meal. Make your outdoor cooking experience sizzle with a quality barbecue that meets your grilling needs.

Things to consider when choosing the right barbecue:

  • How many people will you be cooking for?
  • Should you choose gas or charcoal?

How many people will you be cooking for?

A two-burner gas or medium sized charcoal BBQ will be able to cater for up to 4 people. For bigger parties try a three / four-burner or one of our larger charcoal BBQ, so you can cook more food in one go.

Charcoal BBQ

Charcoal is the traditional fuel used for barbecuing, and grilling food for a great authentic chargrilled taste.

To light a Charcoal BBQ you need to do the following.

  • Pile the charcoal into a mound under the centre of the grill, placing a few natural firelighters at easy-to-reach points. Light the charcoal and open the vents in the basin - this will allow air to circulate, which will help the fire to burn hotter.
  • Leave the charcoal to burn for around 20 - 30 minutes, or until the flame has died and the charcoal is glowing and covered in a layer of white ash.
  • Use a metal rake or pair of tongs to spread the coals evenly across the charcoal grate – this will help deliver an even heat across the grill above.

Gas BBQ

Gas BBQ’s do have an advantage over charcoal, as they can be lit instantly and heat up fast, so you can get cooking quickly. Gas also offers a consistent heat supply, with temperature-control at your fingertips.

Multiple gas burners let you cook different foods at different temperatures

The addition of side burner on some grills is ideal for cooking side dishes that can’t be cooked on the main grill, for example potatoes or fried eggs.

Before you can use your Gas BBQ you will need to buy or hire a Gas bottle from your local stockist or online. BBQ’s normally use Propane Gas (Red bottles) or Patio Gas (Green bottles) please refer to BBQ user guide to confirm this.

All our gas barbecues are equipped with a regulator, which attaches from the hose to the gas bottle and regulates the gas pressure.

Safety Information

  • WARNING! BBQ’s are for outdoor use only & only used in a well-ventilated area.
  • Take care to ensure that it is not placed near or under any combustible surface.
  • Never move the BBQ once lit - keep Children & pets away.

Charcoal BBQ

  • Never use spirit or petrol for lighting the BBQ only use firelighters that comply with EN1860-3.
  • Always make sure the barbecue coals have been fully extinguished and are completely cool before applying any covers or storing away – remember coals can remain hot for sometime and could re-ignite under certain conditions.

Gas BBQ

  • Always inspect the hose for cuts, cracks, or excessive wear before use. If the hose is damaged, it must be replaced with hose suitable for use with LPG.
  • Always make sure the barbecue is completely cool before applying any covers or storing away.
  • Please refer to the User guide for further information.
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