Autumn tidying: the kit you need for the garden
Discover all the tools and kit you need for the autumn tidying tasks in the garden.
As autumn sets in, much of the gardening that's left to be done is about tidying up. With the wind and rain against you, it's best to be properly prepared. Below are a few suggestions of tools you'll need in the garden for autumn to help you tidy and prepare for the coming months.
Wondering what plants look good at this time of year? Head to our piece on autumn blooms and don't miss our round up of the best wellington boots.
Thorn proof gloves
Add a pop of colour to your gardening gear with these sunny Sicilian lemon patterned gloves from top brand Brier. These aren't just any practical gloves, they are thorn-proof and designed to protect you from nasty scrapes. Made from a blend of reinforced suede, your hands will be protected from brambles and thorns. They're also made from a breathable material which helps provide comfort and a good grip. If you need to give them clean, simply wipe them down or hand wash them. A UK K Size 8 - 20.3cm - 18.2cm.
An essential for doing your autumn tidying in your garden or at your allotment, this handy trolley runs on four sturdy wheels, with a soft-grip handle to ensure easy manoeuvring. You don't have to worry about rust either, as it's been made with impact-resistant polypropylene, that is easy to maintain and clean. The trolley can take up to an impressive 200kg in weight which should prove ample for securely moving all your leaves and debris.
A fairly obvious addition to this list, but an absolutely vital one nonetheless. A good leaf grabber can turn an endless job into a quick and easy job, helping your back in the process too. This leaf grabber is a no-nonsense option, with 500mm blades and non-slip grips. Spear and Jackson has been around since 1760 and so expect the years of experience to have helped honed their products.
Chelwood Modular Log Store
Autumn is the time of year where your log store comes into its own. We'd suggest investing in this lovely outdoor log storage option to make the most of the rustic country wood aesthetic. This particular store offers a modern take on the traditional version with weatherproof blackened spruce. It has raised feet to avoid any puddles and a reliable roof to keep the logs dry.
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If you're working with a small garden, then the last thing you need is a huge rake. This hand rake is a nice alternative, offering compact, efficient design which aims to pull up weed, small stones and more. It also comes with a handy leather handle loop for easy shed storage after use. Made from ash and stainless steel.
Hunter Original Chelsea Welly Boot - Black
A classic staple for your gardening wardrobe, these stylish ankle wellies from Hunter are perfect for working in mud and wet weather. Handcrafted from natural rubber, they are waterproof have a trademark Hunter Original tread on the soles - making them ideal for walking in wet terrain. The matte finish adds a sleek, stylish touch to the overall design. The regular fit and low profile of these boots provide a practical, yet comfy fit.
You'll be sweeping up a load of leaves as the season really starts to turn. An ideal option for clearing leaves from hard surfaces, patio areas and decking is a thistle broom such as this handy option. Made from natural stiff corn bristles, it's ideal for sweeping up dry debris. And is soft enough to be used both indoors and outdoors.
Help protect hedgehogs and others small mammals this autumn with a safe shelter. This Igloo Hedgehog House has been designed to complement the colours of your garden and blend in to the natural environment. With a small tunnel entrance, inside the house there is ample room inside to accommodate a family, and you can even add extra brushwood to create a safe, secure sanctuary for hibernation. Position in a safe, concealed place to help protect from harsh winds and rain. Is measures a total of 59 x 53 x 22cm.
Looking to get creative with your hedgehog house? Here's our piece on how to create your own.
Cropped Denim Dungarees
The cropped design makes these perfect for wearing with boots or wellies. The floaty shape and 100% woven cotton material also makes moving about freely easy and you can even layer up with a chunky polo neck or waterproof jacket for colder conditions. Available in a wide range of sizes, these cropped dungarees from White Stuff are right on trend and a bargain at £59.
Niwaki Kanton Bag
A handy, practical storage bag is essential for tidying your garden. Niwaki have a brilliant 100% canvas Kanton bag that comes with a button fastening and single strap handle - which is ideal for carrying or latching on to a trolley or wheelbarrow. It's hardwearing and sturdy enough to carry your garden tools in - thanks to the reinforced bottom - or use as a tidy up bag for clearing debris. At 41 cm in height and 26cm in width, there is plenty of room inside for storage, and even an extra internal compartment. Plus it's easy to care for, just wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Katie is Editorial & Digital Assistant on Gardens Illustrated
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