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Best Garden Gadgets - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

10 of the best garden gadgets

Make life a little easier with a handy garden gadget.

With the promise of warmer weather around the corner, there are plenty of gardening tasks to be getting on with. Thankfully many of these jobs can be made easier and more enjoyable with one of the innovative gardening gadgets in our guide below.

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We’ve curated some of our favourite garden gadgets to help you work more efficiently  – a selection of handy tools, which can do everything from automatically mowing your lawn to taking the guesswork out of watering your plants.

If you’re interested in more traditional tools, we’ve also got an essential gardening tools list so you’re ready to go with all the basics, and if you’re about to prune trees, shrubs or climbers, check out our best bypass secateurs, which are perfect for tackling the job.

Looking for a particular tool? Take a look at our garden tool reviews that include the best spades, best garden hoes and best pressure washers.

10 of the best gardening gadgets

Browse our selection of cool garden gadgets below:


1

Stihl iMow 422P Robotic Mower

Stihl iMow 422P Robotic Mower
Stihl iMow 422P Robotic Mower

A robotic lawn mower is the ultimate time-saving gadget for a busy gardener. The concept behind the technology is straightforward – install, programme and they’re off – but for some models this can be a more involved process. The Stihl iMow 422P, however, is installed by your local Stihl dealership, which is included in the price, so peace of mind is guaranteed. The control panel is intuitive to follow, and it’s easy to adjust the fifteen different cutting heights. Best of all, it’s quiet and nippy, giving your lawn an efficient cut every time.

You can read the full Stihl iMow 422P Robotic Mower review or you can see our round up of the best robotic lawn mowers for a range of reviewed models.

Price: £1,199


2

Hozelock Thermal Weeder

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Hozelock Thermal Weeder

This handy garden gadget from Hozelock treats weeds with a thermal shock of up to 600 degrees to help you clear driveways and paths without chemicals. The shape of the weeder allows it to target weeds directly and destroy the plant cells in seconds. There’s also a protective shield to ensure precise treatment as well as a special function for BBQ lighting, should it be needed.

Price: £44.95

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3

Twine Cutter

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Twine Cutter

This unique twine cutter is a simple yet innovative garden gadget which is worn on your finger. The small, high carbon steel blade is polished for sharp and precise cutting and wearing it on your finger keeps your hands free for other tasks. The bright ring should also be easy to spot if you drop it in the grass.

Price: £1.99


4

Gardena Smart Watering System

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Gardena Smart Watering System

This automatic irrigation system is a clever gardening gadget which can control the supply of water to your plants. The control set can trigger watering up to six times per day for between one minute and 10 hours. You can also select which days you want the water to be supplied and it’s compatible with Gardena’s Micro-Drip and Sprinkler systems.

Price: £270.99


5

Garland Super 7 Electric Heated Propagator

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Garland Super7 Electric Heated Propagator

This heated propagator from Garland is specifically designed for propagating in bulk on your windowsill – usually the brightest spot in the house. It can grow seven different cells of plants at once, so if you’re after a bumper harvest, this lengthy propagator can give a host of plants a head-start.

Price: £40.16


6

Smart Indoor Growing Kit

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Smart Indoor Growing Kit

This smart indoor kit allows you to grow fresh herbs and vegetables indoors with LED lights creating the ideal conditions no matter what the weather’s like outside. Plant pods are included with the kit and you can choose from a selection of pre-seeded options such as lavender, basil and strawberries. There’s even a self-watering system included to make the growing process that little bit smoother.

Price: £95


7

Swedish Hand Weeder

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Swedish Hand Weeder

This lightweight hand weeder allows you to work with one hand by gripping the centre and pulling the stainless steel loops through the ground. Ideal for confined spaces the tool allows you to work more closely in areas where a hoe or a similar tool wouldn’t be appropriate and the rounded edges should prevent seedlings from any incidental damage.

Price: £11


8

Chilipulver Watering Sensor

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Chilipulver Watering Sensor

With busy lives it can be easy to let the small things slip your mind. This handy gardening gadget from Ikea makes sure watering your indoor plants isn’t one of them. Sit the sensor in your indoor plant pots and it monitors your plants, flashing blue to remind you when it’s time to water.

Price: £19.50

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9

Easy Fill Bag Loader

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Easy Fill Bag Loader

This simple garden gadget transforms your average bin liner into a stand alone container so you can use both hands to tip in and collect any garden debris and leaves. Made from high quality polypropylene it prevents spiky or sharp prunings from puncturing the bag and can be reused time and time again.

Price: £15.99

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10

Oak Paper Potter

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Paper Potter

This solid oak paper potter allows you to make your own seedling pots out of recycled newspaper. The pots are waste-saving and biodegradable plus they could be a great family activity, as they’re suitable for children from three years and up.

Price: £10.99

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