New Garden Products
Tested and reviewed by Fred-in-the-shed
Updated 12th November 2017
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new DIY products)
Currently Under Testing
Solar Feature Lighting -
New for 2017
Lighting for Effect - Not
Over the last 17 years of
testing products for this site I have tried so many solar fairy lights, solar Christmas lights, and all sorts of novelty lights.
Incredible 96 LED
Flickering Flame Solar Torch Light
Solar Waterproof Dancing Flame Lighting 96 LED (2 Pack)
Maxchange Solar Garden Torch Light, 96 LED IP65 Waterproof Dancing Flame
Under Testing May 2017 - Amazing Solar Tiki Torch - Flickering Flame Effect!
I have 2 of these amazing lamps, these are the most
impressive solar lights I have ever seen.
They come on automatically and look like real burning
flames, visitors are really fooled!
Also the design is so effective they stay lit up all night most nights.
UNDER TESTING NOW
NEW DUAL PURPOSE LAMPS
This ingenious solar wall lamp gives out a blue glow with darkness but then switches to a white beam when you approach.
Then back to blue when you have gone. I have set 6 up in my drive and they
Also available in green.
Motion Sensor Wall Light with Blue Ambiance LED
Motion Sensor Wall Light with Green Ambiance LED
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
LIGHTEST FORKS AND SPADES EVER!
FISKARS LIGHT FORK & SPADES
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
CLICK FOR MY PAGE ON FORKS & SPADES
The lightest cordless chainsaw at 3.76KG including battery
STIHL MSA 120c 36v BATTERY POWERED CHAINSAW
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.
Cordless Chainsaws - Tested and Reviewed
Click here to see my special page dedicated to
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
The Strongest no kink- no
To test the
RHS Everflow Garden 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
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.
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
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
New Range of Bosch Pressure Washers
This is the new Bosch AQT35-12 pressure
washer. 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 new Bosch models are much smaller and
lighter than previous models and with its on board tool storage
and quick release fitting it is fun to use. The folding handle
also makes storage easier.
There 2 models have different power outputs but both have folding handles
for easy storage and are available with just the 3 way gun or with the
full range of accessories.
Kärcher K4 Full Control Pressure Washer
Kärcher K4 Full Control Home Pressure Washer
Fredshed TEST Update
AQT35-12 pressure washer has had 3years of use and is
performing very well.
It is a vast improvement on the
previous model and I am happy to recommend it to Fredshed readers.
The optional patio washing hood does prevent your feet getting a bit wet but makes accurate cleaning work harder. My advice is too buy the
pressure washer but invest in some good Wellingtons instead of the patio
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.
Lightweight Trolleys and Tubtrugs
My Mum with her
The Fredshed recommended and approved Tubtrugs have been a boon to
many gardeners since I featured them 17 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.
this sample to my Mum for testing and never got it back so we know this one is a
Trug Trolley - Exclusive to Home & Garden Extras. This lightweight frame with sturdy wheels makes moving garden trugs, rubber buckets, etc, around the garden easy (Blue)
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
Mover 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!
Wheeled Garden Plant Pot Trolley
Which is the Best Spade to Buy for Digging out Roots?
Root Assassin Spade
Many readers tell me they 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 Spade
Spiral Auger For Making Holes For Planting
Fiskars 2320541 Size Small "QuikDrill" Gimlet - Black/Orange/Grey
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
ELHO GROW TABLE - BEST RAISED BED PLANTER
This well made plastic planter is ideal for slug free growing as it is
available with a
ventilated propagator cover. This will protect your seedlings from the cold
as well and can be taken off when your plants are larger.
The planter is around £30 and comes in 4 colours.
The lid is around £16 and is sturdy and UV stabilized, it is not the brittle
plastic that you get on small propagators
elho XX-Large Grow Table
elho XX-Large Green Basics Grow Table - Living Black
elho 2X-Large Green Basics Grow House - Transparent
Best 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.
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
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 17 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 2 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
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 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.
NEW 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.
Increase the Capacity of your Wheelbarrow
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 featured on
Dragons Den and is a must have
for every wheelbarrow owner!
Digging without bending - new accessory under
clamps to virtually any fork or spade in seconds
Kikka Digga Garden Digging Gadget Fork & Spade Attachment Tool
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 more.
LATEST ROBOT MOWER
WORX Landroid Wi-Fi Enabled Robotic 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 - Black
here for my page on cordless and robotic mowers
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