New Garden Products
Tested and reviewed by Fred-in-the-shed
Updated 14th June 2017
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new DIY products)
Acoustic Fence - A Wooden Fence That Cuts Down Noise!
If you suffer from noise in your garden then consider installing this new
type of fence from Forest Garden Products.
I went to the launch of this new product in 2017 and was impressed how much
noise it absorbed from a range of sources provided on the day by a massive
The noise reduction is not as much as a brick wall but the cost of
this fence is far less and it is easier to install.
Contact Forest Garden on 0333 003 0026
Currently Under Testing
Solar Powered Wall Light
NEW FOR 2017
AGLAIA - 2 PIR SENSORS AND COLOUR
This latest model has 12 colour changing LEDs !
It can be set to white if you don't want colours.
The 2 side facing PIR sensors pick up movement from further away.
Colours cannot be set but cycles through green, blue, orange, red, purple.
The mode button is easily located and this is a well made product that is
simple to fit.
Aglaia Solar Wall Light with Dual Motion Sensors, 12 LED 5 Lighting Modes and RGB Color Changing
FISKARS LIGHT FORK & SPADES
LIGHTEST FORKS AND SPADES EVER!
Made in Finland using the latest Oval tubing. Ergonomic
handles, treads on the spade make them a joy to use.
These tools are
still very strong even though they only weight 1.2KG which is about half
the normal weight of a full size digging tool.
Fiskars have been making
tools for 360 years so you can be sure these are well made.
Fiskars Light Fork
Fiskars Light Digging Spade
Fiskars Light Planting Spade
For more details and other
MY PAGE ON FORKS & SPADES
STIHL MSA 120c 36v BATTERY POWERED CHAINSAW
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.
details see link below or your nearest Stihl dealer as these tools are not
Cordless Chainsaws - Tested and Reviewed
Click here to see my special page dedicated to
Garden Misting Kit
Don't get Scorchio
- keep coolio !
Orbit Arizona Mist 94160 'Kool-Kit' Outdoor Mist Cooling System
This simple little kit connects to your Hozelock style
connectors and produces a very fine mist that reduces the outside
temperature but does not soak you
The basic kit can be extended and includes a clever
drain valve so you can leave it out over winter.
My Ferns love this kit and so do I - just wish I had a
few more scorchio days!
The Strongest no kink- no
To test the Everflow hose I parked my 1 ton car on it and also tried to
kink the hose.
Despite this nothing stopped the water coming out!
During the 16 years I have been
running this website and testing tools I have seen several hosepipes that
claim to be anti- kink - twist resistant, crush proof, long life,
guaranteed forever but non have delivered the promise and the best one
Well know I have come across the Everflow hose that is
made in the UK by Copely Developments
hose is multilayered, a bit stiff and slightly heavy but from my tests so
far is totally unstoppable.
The unique feature that makes
the Everflow hose so un-crushable is that it has an internal baffle.
To test the hose I parked my huge Chrysler 300c on it and the water came
Previously I tested a Hozelock Ultra Flex Hose,
it was very good and a bit more flexible.
been making hoses in the UK for donkeys years and also have top class
technical help and warranty support. They offer a range of qualities and
lengths to suit your garden.
The Hozelock anti kink hose resisted
kinking more than most and can be useful but it is not 100% unstoppable
like the Everflow hose.
Remember when buying plastic products! Buy cheap - buy twice
RHS Everflow 25m Garden Hose (1/2)
RHS Everflow 50m Garden Hose (1/2)
BEST PRODUCT FOR CLEANING PATIOS
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 and cannot be
totally removed by pressure washing.
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. 6 months
later my slabs are still clean whilst the trial ones that I
only pressure washed are 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
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.
Patio Black Spot Remover 4 Litre for Artificial Stone
5L Pump Action Pressure Sprayer - use with water, fertilizer or pesticides
The Most Powerful Cordless Mower ? - (user
I am currently testing the EGO Power+ 56V cordless mower.
This impressive mower is new for 2015 and gives a 49cm
(20inch) wide cut. It is powerful enough to replace a petrol mower for many
The patented 56v, 4 amp hour , Li-ion battery uses a new
design that keeps it cool and performing to the max. On an average lawn the battery should give 45minutes of cutting
and cover up to 800sqm. The quality of the body is exceptional and I love the easy height
adjustment, easy battery removal and the LED headlights.
The EGO power+ lawnmower has the best folding handle mechanism I
have seen and this will help you store this beast of a mower in a relatively
The superb battery can power other garden tools and there is also
a lighter weight, 2 amp hour battery available.
watch this space or e-mail me for further details.
Click here for details of the EGO 56v Cordless mower
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 all
you OCD types
ClipperBox - Attaches to existing garden shears to collect clippings
New 3 Way Tap Connector
The Hozelock Flow Max has 2 connectors for hosepipes and a separate
outlet on the side so that you can fill a can.
This is particularly useful if you are using water timers and don't want
to disturb the outlets.
Also the water can outlet part can be moved to either side of the unit to
suit your needs.
3 Way Flow Max Connector
MORE NEW PRODUCTS TESTED BY FRED
NEW STYLE COMPOSTER, WITH SUPER INSULATION
Latest news!- I have superb new compost bin!
The hotbox, compost bin
is a new design that speeds up composting by concentrating the heat from the
decomposing food and plant material .
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 11 years of running
Fredshed I have tested many weird and wonderful compost bin and so far
this is the best performer.
As I like to undertake long term testing
and take into account the durability of products I will be updating the
feature annually to show you my results.
Setting up my Hotbin
After 6 months 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
The resulting compost is very good and easy to get at.
Check price of the Hotbin composter with another Fredshed partner site
Click to see other more traditional composting bins
Fiskars Best Selling Hi Tech
I tested the Fiskars lawn weed puller on soil and
It is great for the larger,
deep rooted weeds, no use on small weeds.
can be fun and a bit addictive to use in the right conditions.
LIGHTWEIGHT VERSION - USE LINK BELOW
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 20 years and have tried most
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
Compared to most of the ones I have tested
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.
Fiskars Weed Puller
Wheelbarrow Booster (as seen on Dragons Den)
Under testing in the Fredshed garden
This simple and cheap product is so useful and
can save you lots of effort if you are moving large amounts of
material by wheelbarrow.
It is made from
strong polypropelyne with stretch elastic along the bottom that is designed
to fit different sizes of wheelbarrow.
It is easy to fit and very effective for lighter bulky material. It
can be taken off and stored separately when not required.
At around £12-£13 this clever British invention is a must have
for every wheelbarrow owner!
click here to buy from a Fredshed partner site
The Apple Wizard - Apple Collecting Tool
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.
Digging without bending - new accessory under
This gadget clamps to virtually any fork or spade in seconds
I am currently testing the UK made Kikka
This product fits onto your existing spade
or fork and then enables you to flick the soil over rather than
bending and lifting.
The resulting job can look a bit of a mess
but then you can easily rake the soil level , having avoided any
lifting or bending.
I will be reporting more findings as
members of my team use the tool
Kikka Digga is currently available on the
UK Ebay site
NOW UNDER TESTING ROOT ASSASSIN!
I hear from many readers who break their forks and spades whilst digging
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
The Root Assasin 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 Shovel - Award Winning Shovel - Best of All Garden Tools - Best of All Garden Shovels
Bosch Indego Robot Lawnmower
Over the last 16 years I have tested various Robomows and
the Mowbot and the British
made Husqvarna Robot Mower.
The Bosch Indego is the latest and most advanced
robot mower and I went to see it launched at the Chelsea flower
The best feature of this model is that it cuts in
straight lines instead of the random pattern that most other robot mowers
use. This increases battery duration and reduces wear marks on your lawn.
Previously robot mowers suffered from unreliable
supplies of parts and service.
Hopefully Bosch will not have this issue and I am 100%
sure that parts will be available for a long time, especially as the Inego
is made in the UK! My experience with
Bosch shredders is that they supply parts long after the statutory 10 year
rule that many other manufacturers simply ignore or cannot honour.
click for more details on the Bosch Indego Robot Mower
Rain sensor and anti-theft device built in
This is the latest and the most advanced Robotic Mower that I have tried.
My test lawn is fairly small so it had no problem mowing it as the
powerful Lithium-ion battery can cut an area 1000m2.
Setup was fast and easy using the tried and tested Robomow ruler and
excellent instructions. The base station and perimeter wire are powered
by a mains adapter.
Programming is easy due to the easy to access LCD screen and simple
button choice. Setting the cutting height is the best I have seen and is
done by lifting the top flap and turning a knob. The simple blades are
razor sharp and a special tool is supplied for changing them safely.
The MS1000 gives a 56cm cut and is the only Robotic mower that cuts wider
than its wheels so does not leave an uncut edge around your lawn.
The Robomow MS1000 is incredibly quiet and gives a superb cut. the build
quality is high and I cant see any issue with this or the base station
surviving outside in the UK. (it should be taken inside for the winter
The smartphone app is excellent and can be used for remote programming
The RM1000 is powered by a 26v 4.6 amp hour battery
More test info coming soon, e-mail me for details if you are UK based
here for my page on cordless and robotic mowers
or use link below to see more about the Bosch Indego
click for more details on the Bosch Indego Robot Mower
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