Make light work of autumn with these 5 essential garden tools

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So autumn is here, the leaves are falling, the bulbs are ready to be planted and the hedge needs to be cut.

You can save yourself hours of backbreaking work by investing in a few must-have tools that will not only keep your garden in shape for the cooler months, but will also save you a lot of pain.

Here are five of the best tools to make fall gardening easier.

1. Fiskars Ergo Standing Plant Pot (Amazon £ 34.99)

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Every year so many of us enthusiastically buy large packs of onions without realizing how tedious and time consuming it can be to plant them all out, especially in heavy soils that you will have to add sand to anyway for a better chance of success.

Even with Kneelers and high-quality metal flower pots, it can be a thankless task, and with this in mind, Fiskars has developed this standing flower box that eliminates the need to bend or kneel.

You can make the onion holes with a two-sided step board that plunges the planter into the ground and pulls the soil up, then plant your bulbs while a trigger on the handle releases the soil back into the hole. It makes work a breeze if you’ve gone a little overboard with lightbulbs this year.

2. EGO LB5800E leaf blower (Egopowerplus.co.uk, £ 189, excluding battery)

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This is a serious leaf blower ideal for people who have a large garden and probably lots of deciduous trees. The airflow is adjustable via a variable thumb dial so it doesn’t run away with you, and it comes with two nozzles – round and flat – to give you better direction.

All in all, stacking leaves from grass, flower beds, and borders will be an easy job so you can form leaf mold or add them to the compost heap. A 2.5Ah battery costs an additional £ 99.99 and the included charger £ 49.99, but the upside is that the battery is compatible with other EGO wireless products.

3. Scarifying rake (Burgon & Ball, £ 39.99)

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The sunny autumn days can prove to be a great time to get your lawn in shape by scarifying it well before winter sets in to remove moss and straw. You may have to do this again in the spring, but it will surely make the job easier next year.

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This RHS-recommended product has six sturdy stainless steel tines that cut through the lawn to remove dead plant matter and help air and water reach the roots to stimulate new growth. You can also adjust the blades to your height. When you push the rake, the tines cut into the grass, while as you pull it back, the debris is removed.

4.Stiga SHT 700 AE cordless hedge trimmer (for retailers visit stiga.com, £ 219 excluding battery kit)

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Hedge trimming can be a tedious, thankless task, especially when you have to cut a lot of hedges in the cooler, windy fall weather.

While many hedges are pruned during the spring and summer growing season (although gardeners are advised not to cut them during the March-August breeding season), others benefit from being pruned in the fall, including yew, hawthorn, and the conifer, Thuja plicata.

These hedge trimmers are designed to make life easier. It is a robust set that allows up to 40 minutes of efficient and comfortable hedge trimming on a single charge and a charging time of 50 minutes with the quick charger (not included).

Gardeners should find it convenient as it has a rotating soft grip rubber handle with five working angles to help negotiate difficult lines to the blade. It should easily cut branches up to 2.5 cm in diameter.

5. Felco 201-A 60 loppers (Harrod Horticultural, £ 139.95)

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Anyone who has ever owned a Felco secateurs knows that they are among the best on the market in terms of sharpness and reliability – immediately recognizable by the brand-typical red handles.

But if you need to cut harder this fall then you should have the big daddy of loppers, the Felco 210-60, which are great for pruning back overgrown shrubs and trees, but made of aluminum that is light enough to be easily handled .

It features a curved cutting head that makes it easy to cut, as well as fine blade adjustment so you get the cut just right. The handles are also in this recognizable red, ergonomic and have a soft, non-slip coating. Manufacturers have also built in a shock absorption system that provides some protection to your hands and wrists.

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