New Garden Products

Tested and reviewed by Fred-in-the-shed

Updated 18th May 2022

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New Heavy Duty 48v Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Bosch 18v Long Reach Cordless Hedgetrimmer

Stihl Self propelled Cordless Mower

Cordless Lawn Raker & Aerator

Lightest Heavy-Duty Wheelbarrow

Pressure Washers and Patio Cleaning Products

Tub Trug Trolley

Root Assassin Spade


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Mountfield Freedom 500 48v Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Easy to handle - Huge Performance

Over the last 20 years of testing products for this site I have seen cordless hedge trimmers improve every year.

This new 48v model has clever electronics that enable the battery to communicate with the motor to provide just the best level of power.

The Italian made battery is available in 2, 4 and 5 amp hour versions.

The 58cm blade can cut up to 18mm stems and the handle can be rotated to 3 different positions.

This is an ideal replacement for a petrol tool for anyone with a large or overgrown hedge.

The battery can be used in mowers, chainsaws, blowers, and trimmers in the Freedom 500 range.

Find out more about this tool and the rest of the Mountfield Freedom 500 range


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Long reach Telescopic 18v cordless hedge trimmer

Bosch Universal Hedge Pole Review

Bosch Universal Hedge Pole 18 V


Bosch Universal Hedge Pole 18V

Bosch AHS 50-20 LI 18V Hedge Cutter

I am currently testing the new Bosch long reach cordless hedge trimmer.

This product runs off the same 18v Li-ion battery as my favorite hedgetrimmer the Bosch AHS 50-20 Li.

The long reach version comes with a shoulder strap but is still a bit of a beast.

If you are pretty strong you will have to take rests every 10 minutes or so but used sparingly this is a very useful tool.


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Self Propelled Cordless Mower

Stihl RMA 443 TC

The latest and best cordless mower is this Austrian made Stihl RMA 443TC that I am currently testing on my lawns.  This model uses a 36v Li-ion battery from the Stihl Pro range and has 2 battery slots so you can have a spare ready if you need it. With two batteries it can cut up to 450m sq depending on the length of your grass and how level your lawn is.

Stihl batteries have built in gauge to check power levels.

This is the biggest of the 5 Stihl cordless mowers with its 18 inch (46cm) cut and the fantastic folding, height adjustable, mono handle. This clever handle saves space during storage but also allows easy access to the grass box. Another innovative feature is the Eco mode motor that adjusts the blade speed to the thickness of the grass.  This increases the efficiency of the battery and enables the mower to cut larger areas as it done not waste energy.

Stihl mowers are the best quality and you can't buy them online as they are only sold from machinery dealerships. For this top of the range model the total price with a battery and charger will be around £650. Smaller models and different battery options are available and Stihl have hundreds of dealerships all over the UK.

One you have the battery and charger you can use it in many other Stihl Pro power tools like chainsaws and trimmers that are all available on their own.


Click here to see my special page dedicated to cordless mowers

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New Cordless Lawn Raker

I love powered lawn rakers but they can be a pain to use due to the cable getting in the way .

This new Cobra S3840V model uses a seriously powerful 40v 5 amp battery.

It uses a cartridge system so you can use wire tines or for deeper aeration metal blades.

 Cobra S3840V 38cm (15in) Cordless Battery Scarifier & Aerator

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The Lightest Heavy-Duty Wheelbarrow


To test the Ecobarrow hose I lent it to the labourers building my new house.

Seeing a "plastic" barrow initially made them laugh!

 I explained that the frame was actually nylon and body super tough recycled Polyethylene.

The Ecobarrow was used for 6 months alongside a traditional steel builders barrow.

It wasn't long before the steel barrow started to be left aside.

The 70 litre body can take up to 200KG of weight and we exceeded this frequently.

It is made in South Africa, comes with a 5 year guarantee and is fully UK supported.

One feature the guys loved was the ergonomic handle shape.

This barrow is more expensive than a steel barrow but is easier to use and will last as long.

Buy an Ecobarrow from a Trusted Fredshed Partner


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Patio Black Spot Remover 4 Litre for Artificial Stone

If you have a natural stone patio or one made from concrete slabs it is inevitable that after a while it will become slippery, lose its colour and eventually blacken. Some of this filth will be mould and slime but some will be black spot, which are tree spores that start to grow into the fabric of the stone. Due to this deep ingress blackspot cannot be totally removed by pressure washing alone.

In fact over use of a pressure washer can damage the surface of the stone, so I went on a mission to find the best way to clean a patio.

In May 2016 I discovered Patio Black Spot remover and tested it on my patio in Oxford  The main feature of the product is that you just spray it on, (undiluted) from a Hozelock type spray gun , leave it 30 minutes and then lightly pressure wash it off.

I found that within minutes of spraying a milky foam appeared on the slab surface and I could actually see the black spot dissolving. 12 months later my slabs are still clean whilst the trial ones that I only pressure washed are going black again. From this I conclude that the patio black spot removal fluid does a very good job.

During cleaning I managed to overspray onto some plants but these were not harmed.

The product is available in 2 and 4 litres containers. It is not cheap but is incredibly effective and will save you a lot of time and for a lot of people time is money!  The product is also made in the UK and has very good UK customer support.

 5L Pump Action Pressure Sprayer - use with water, fertilizer or pesticides  



Improved Karcher Pressure Washers

German company Karcher are the leading brand for pressure washers and constantly innovate new features.  I was not a big fan of domestic pressure washers in general as I have found most to be unreliable, difficult to use and a pain to store.

The K4 model shown has an 1800w motor so is very powerful with 130 bar of pressure and the best model for washing patios. In 2019 Karcher added a smaller and lighter compact version for easier storage. The K4 compact does not have the plug in detergent bottle or the full control digital spray wand.


Both K4 models have the same power output and sliding handles for easy storage and only the larger model is available with the full range of accessories.

 Kärcher K4 Full Control Pressure Washer

 Kärcher K4 Full Control Home Pressure Washer


New Product To Reduce Time Spent Cleaning Patios!


Pressure washing a patio is time consuming and messy so I am testing Roxil Patio Cream which claims to waterproof and protect the slabs so as to reduce the regrowth of mould and other nasties.  I am happy to put cream on my face and leather car seats but never thought of putting some on my patio!

So I cleaned a slab, let it dry and then brushed in the cream. Already it looks better than the non-treated slabs so I will report the progress here as time goes on.

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Lightweight Trolleys and Tubtrugs

My Mum (RIP) with her UK made Trug Trolley

The Fredshed long time recommended Tubtrugs have been a boon to many gardeners since I found and featured them 20 years ago. Now their use can be enhanced by this superb little truck to enable you to easily move material and turn your Tubtrug into a lightweight alternative to a wheelbarrow.

My Mum loved this trolley and used it for gardening and taking the washing out to the line.

It is also made in Lancing, Sussex in a factory near to the one my lovely Mum working in making rubber ducks!


Trug Trolley with sturdy wheels

 Tubtrugs 42L Large Flexible 2-Handled Recycled Tub, Pistachio

 Tubtrugs 26L Medium Flexible 2-Handled Recycled Tub, Pistachio

 Tubtrug Flexible Micro: Red


Wheeled Truck To Lift and Move Heavy Pots

This excellent invention was known as the Plant Pot Mover Trolley and originally sold by Fort Wheelbarrow company.

I have had one for years and many readers have bought them and been happy with my recommendation so it is not really a new product but is back again after being discontinued for some years. To use the trolley simply tip the pot forward a little and slide the bottom plate under it. Then slide the top hook over the edge and you can lever the pot up and begin to move it. I can even lift very large heavy pots like this from my wheelchair!


 UPP Plant Pots Mover for Plant Pots up to max. 75 kg


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Which is the Best Spade to Buy for Digging out Roots?

Many readers tell me they break their forks and spades whilst digging out plants.

This is usually caused by having to use excess force because a root has been left and even the strongest tools will break or bend if levered hard enough.

The Root Assassin has downward facing sharp teeth to cut those roots and the long thin shape of the head gives easier access to those roots.

If you have large shrubs or a lot to remove I still recommend using a prybar as well as the Root Assassin because it is essentially a digging and cutting tool and not a levering tool.

Root Assassin Spade

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Spiral Auger For Making Holes For Planting and Fenceposts

Fiskars Quikdrill


 Fiskars 2320541 Size Small "QuikDrill" Gimlet - Black/Orange/Grey




The lightest cordless chainsaw at 3.76KG including battery


This is not the most powerful cordless chainsaw available but it certainly is the most well designed and efficient one.

It has all the features found on petrol chainsaws but it is much easier and safer to handle.

For more details see link below or your nearest Stihl dealer as these tools are not sold online.

Click here to see my special page dedicated to cordless chainsaws

Coming soon - under testing


 WORX WG384E 36V (40V MAX) Dual Battery Cordless 35cm Brushless Chainsaw

WORX 20V 2.0Ah Battery



Clipper Box - Lawn Edge Clippings Collector

This simple gadget clips to the side of your edging shears and collects the grass clippings.

If you have a big lawn this can save hours of clear up work over the season

Makes a neater, cleaner job for OCD types - I love it.

ClipperBox - Attaches to existing garden shears to collect clippings

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Best Apple Collecting Tool


Apple Wizard

 New Lightweight tool for picking up apples without bending!

If you have fallen apples and want a fast and easy way to collect them then this UK made tool is ideal.

It works like magic and I just love using it. The flexible stainless steel cage just gently opens and the apples roll in.

Makes a superb present for anyone with apple trees and will pay for itself if you can eat or store your apples faster.

This is a top quality product and the UK manufacturer offers a repair service should you need it.









 Hotbin Mini Composter

The hotbox compost bin is a unique design that speeds up composting by containing the heat from the decomposing food and plants.

It is constructed of thick black Polystyrene that absorbs the suns energy and superheats the material inside.  There is a thermometer built into the lid to allow you to monitor the heat levels.

I am currently testing the Hotbox composter and am amazed at hot quickly the material rots down to allow you to add more and more. I keep the bin full to the top and have inserted a mixture of food waste, hedge and lawn trimmings, weeds and other plant material.

Over the last 20 years of running Fredshed I have tested many weird and wonderful compost bin and so far this is the best performer.

I tested the first large version which has been constantly improved and now joined by a more compact "mini" version.



 HOTBIN Compost Bin - LARGE


Setting up my Hotbin

After 5 years use I am impressed with the performance of the Hotbin.

It has taken mountains of mixed material

If you mix some lawn clippings in now and again it helps to keep it hot.

The resulting compost is very good and easy to get at.

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Fiskars Best Selling Hi Tech Weed Puller

Is it any good?

I tested the Fiskars Weed Puller  on soil and lawns

It is great for the larger, deep rooted weeds, no use on small weeds.

It can be fun and a bit addictive to use in the right conditions.


 Fiskars Light Weed Puller - Black

If you watch TV then you probably will have seen the advertisement for this "new wonder tool" to make weeding easier than ever. As part of my work I have been testing weeding gadgets over the last 18 years and have tried most of them.

The important thing to realise about weed pulling gadgets is that there are many different types and sizes of weeds and none of the gadgets can cope with them all. Another reason for this is that weeds will be located in different soil types or even lawns.

Compared to most of the ones I have tested I can say the Fiskars weed puller is pretty good at pulling out the larger weeds. It is made from very tough but light fibrecomp material. You will need to have reasonable eyesight and hand eye co-ordination so that you can locate the jaws of the tool around the weed. Once located you press down with your foot and lever the handle backwards to remove the weed.

The tool is described as a lawn weed puller but I found it to equally useful on soil. Wherever you use it remember that a large weed will leave a large hole so have some soil ready to fill in if it is your lawn.





Itip handles to reduce strain when using your Wheelbarrow

The  itip handles are easy to fit and comfortable in normal use, but are superb when you need to tip the barrow up as you don't need to change your grip or strain your arm and shoulder joints! RRP is £24.99 but even at this price it is a bargain compared to a visit to a chiropractor or a day off work due to sore shoulders or wrists. I fitted the handles to my builders barrow and it was much appreciated by the builders, especially when tipping heavy brick hardcore into a skip.








WORX LandRoid wi-Fi Enabled Robtic Mower

I spotted the latest Robotic lawnmower at the Hampton Court Flower show.

Over the last 16 years I have tested many robot mowers and found most of them quite hard to program.

This one can be totally set up and controlled from your phone and does not even have an LCD screen for me to swear at.

Any programming can be overridden, which is good as I know that all these clever gadgets are only as good as your Wifi signal.

The main downside with Robot mowers is that most of them can't cut to the edge so you need another mower or trimmer to finish the job.

This is due to safety rules and the nanny state!

This new Worxs Landroid as a unique blade design that cuts almost to the edge and only leaves a 2.5cm strip to deal with.

WORX WR110MI 20 V S700 "Landroid" Wi-Fi Enabled Robotic Mower


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