leaf picker

  • Leaf Picker Winter tools trial...

    Its the perfect time of year for Leaf Picker.  As its time to start preparing the garden for winter.  Its definitely time to think about clearing leaves,

    Leaf Picker_head_with_leaves Leaf Picker in action

    digging over beds and generally having a tidy up.  To help you, Grow Your Own magazine has completed a trial of the tools you will need.

    Included in this trial is the Haxnicks Leaf Picker.  And they really liked what they saw.  Deeming it to be " An efficient, easy pick-up and discard mechanism for leaves without any backbreaking bending over"  it gets a great big thumbs up from Simon Akeroyd.  They found that it was especially good for picking up leaves in flower beds and borders where a traditional rake may damage plants.  It is definitely a must for the every tool shed.

    How the Leaf Picker works

    Where leaves get caught on traditional rakes a simple push, pull action on the Leaf Picker dumps the leaves into your wheel barrow, compost heap or wheelie bin.  Or better still, put the leaves straight into one of our Composting Sacks and forget about them.  In 12 to 24 months you will have the best home made compost: leaf mould.  Otherwise called gardeners gold this is the real creme de la creme when it comes to compost.  These simple natural jute sacks are fully biodegradable so you can toss them on the compost heap or stick out of the way behind a shed.  Here they make a great habitat for worms, which add their nutritious worm castes to the mix.  The sacks can also be placed round young trees or in borders to suppress weeds.

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    To read more about Leaf Picker and find out how helpful it can in clearing a neglected,  unruly garden then why not take a look at this blog

  • Clearing Sarah's Garden - Leaf Picker saves the day

    Having cleared the lawn with the Leaf Picker today I need to do some clearing of a different sort.  Serious thrash and burn style clearing as the house has been empty for 2 years.  The part of the garden in question could charitably be deemed in need of some attention. This particular bit is covered in all sorts of unfriendly plants, brambles, what I suspect are very overgrown roses, tiny emerging nettles and more brambles – basically enormous prickly characters that mean me harm.

    Clearing the Garden for Spring in Haxnicks Garden

     

    Time to make a start

    After weeks of busying myself with other tasks and basically avoiding it I have resigned myself and will now have to just get on with it.  Today was the day.  Braving the remaining snow and armed with my new secateurs (2 sets just in case), my lovely new gardening gloves, and with my Leaf Picker relegated to the subs bench, it was time to do battle. A slow job but apart from the brambles stealing my hat every time I turned round the going was good.  The pile was building and the ground was coming into sight – I was winning.

    Newly Cleared Ground at Haxnicks Garden

     

    Haxnicks Leaf Picker against felled tree

     

    Haxnicks Leaf Picker head in leaves

     

    But someone had been there before me.  The ground was covered with dead bits of bramble which, for the record, are even sharper than the live ones.  If there was any hope of finding the inner manicured garden then this was going to have to be cleared.  Inspiration (and an aching back) kicked in.  Having resigned myself to not needing the Leaf Picker again until Autumn it was off the bench and back in play. Perfect for reaching behind the brambles, avoiding the gentle stings of baby nettles and picking up the 2 years plus of dead leaves.  It even picked up quite a few of the sticks littering the ground which was an added bonus.

    Haxnicks Leaf Picker spikes with leaves

    Rain stopped play and school run curtailed my explorations.  So the dream has not quite become reality at time of writing.  However, joy of joys, this part of the garden is starting to emerge from the mists.  A few more hours work and my neighbour’s plot will no longer be at risk of invasion - thanks Leaf Picker!

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