The leaf collectors are made from heavy duty durable plastic with ergonomic hand grips for comfortable use. Measuring 50cm overall, the scoops are 35cm wide, 30cm long and 8cm deep to easily collect large piles of leaves, prunings and other garden waste.
- Durable, but lightweight plastic construction
- Comfortable grips
- Perfect for clearing leaves
- Stop scratches from prickly prunings
- Huge 35cm wide x 30cm long x 8cm deep capacity hands
- Perfect for making and collecting piles of sharp and prickly cuttings
- Gently serrated bottom edge and internal ridges for collecting and retaining material
- Saves invaluable time for gardeners in a hurry or those with plenty of leaves to collect
- Bracket on rear allows fitting of pole or handle (not included)
Save the leaves collected by the Heavy Duty Handy Hands for making leaf mould - try our Wire Leaf Composter
Great concept but NOT heavy duty. Both handles broke and cracked on 2nd and 3rd times of use. Have bodged them together with elephant tape. Handles need to be made of thicker plastic or even wood. Have to buy replacements as they didn't even last a week and won't be buying these again.
The hand/wrist configeration is igeneous and makes the Hands easy to use. But the scoop area is too flexible for easy handling of prunings, grass - in fact most thing heavier than leaves. 'Heavy Duty' is a misnomer. They need more robust rib-stiffeners.
I was very pleased with this product and had no trouble picking up leaves. They are much easier to use than a rake.If I had one criticism it would be that maybe there could be a way of making the handles stronger but over all I am very satisfied with them. Can not wait for next autumn !!!
There’s no escaping the fact that in the garden, a large part of the autumn is spent clearing up fallen leaves, but there's an upside to all your hard work - leaf mould.
The autumn is a wonderful season to be a gardener. There's a kitchen table-full of fruit and vegetables to harvest, the colours are astounding and the pests and diseases are dying out. It's time to plant winter greens, onions and garlic and your head's full of grandiose schemes and plans for next year.
But there's also the leaves! This subject splits gardeners into two distinct groups - the clear-it-up-as-it-drops-platoon and the-leave-it-to-nature dudes! Collecting fallen leaves keeps the garden looking spotless and also removes potential slug egg-laying sites. The downside? Just as you’ve finished raking one area, the chances are the wind will blow and you’ll need to start again. But don’t see this repetitive work as a chore, because the hard work that goes into collecting these leaves will eventually pay off.
Alternatively, the let 'em rot philosophy follows nature's law to the letter and the fallen leaves will eventually break down where they lay and replenish the soil in a wonderful cycle. But are there other places in the garden more deserving of this natural fertiliser?
Both parties are agreed on one thing. Leaf mould - however and wherever it is made - is beneficial to the garden. Why?
- Easy to make and use
- It's a great alternative to peat
- When used as a mulch it cuts down on watering and water loss
- Can be used on the lawn as a conditioner
- Suitable for adding to potting compost
- And it's free!
Making this valuable mould could not be easier! Just collect up the fallen leaves (all types are suitable), add to a suitable container - a compost bin fits the bill - and water if dry, then leave them for a year or two. There's no quick fix composting aids you can use to speed up the process as it's the action of fungi, as opposed to the composting mainstays of bacteria and micro-organisms, which break down the leaves to form mould. And the fungi like to take things slowly!
Anything else you should know? Chopping or shredding the leaves will help speed up the process slightly (running a mower with grassbox attached over leaves on the lawn is favourite) and it's best to leave some leaves - they provide valuable hiberation sites and bedding for garden animals.
What The Press Say
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Autumn clear up tools - what to buy
These large scoops are comfortable to use. The scalloped edge works well on gravel, grass and hard surfaces. One single action gathers up leaves and holds them ready to put in a bag or barrow.