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Great garden prizes.

Byline: By Peter Surridge

Five prizes to delight every gardener are on offer to Journal readers today.

First, there are two kits of easy-to-use Hozelock watering tools to keep gardens flourishing this summer ( a package taking the hassle out of irrigating patios, lawns, borders and greenhouses. Each kit is worth more than pounds 180.

Secondly, we are offering three models of the Garden Groom, which marks a breakthrough in hedge-cutting. It is has already won several awards. As well as being an efficient hedge-trimmer, the Groom replaces the broom because it collects and shreds foliage as it cuts, saving thechore of sweeping up clippings. Normal price of the Garden Groom is pounds 100.

COMPETITION 1:The Hozelock watering kit combines two ingenious devices ( the AquaStorm 2'n1 XL oscillating sprinkler and the Ultra 12 Hose Gun ( with the renowned Hozelock Auto Reel.

The sprinkler connects instantly to the end of a hose and has dual spray and mist functions to make it useful for a variety of irrigation tasks ( not only new and established lawns up to 320 sq m but also bedding plants, seedlings and borders. The spray area can be easily adjusted so as not to waste water and a state-of-the-art gearbox automatically adjusts to cope with low water pressure.

The Ultra 12 hose gun blends versatility and control in a single tool. Easy to use, it has a light-touch trigger giving one-handed control of the water delivered ( from zero to maximum flow. Any of the seven built-in spray patterns can be selected by twisting the spray head.

The third tool is the award-winning, wall-mounted Hozelock Auto Reel, which dispenses 20m of high quality hose when you pull it out (or just feed out as much as you need) and then retracts it automatically without any winding or tangles. It comes fully assembled with a 180-degree swivel bracket, fixings and connectors to mount it on an outside wall near a tap.

To enter the Hozelock watering kit competition, answer this question: How many spray patterns does the Ultra 12 have?

COMPETITION 2: The Garden Groom, weighing 4kg (8lb 12oz), combines a concealed rotary blade in a circular head, driven by a 430-watt electric motor, a collection unit, and safety handles designed to be used in any direction with equal ease by left and right handed gardeners. Hedges are cut by the rotary blade which passes over a static blade, working scissor-like to shred the cuttings, reducing them to 10pc of their size, and blow them into the collecting unit.

The unit will accommodate foliage 150mm long from 7sq m of hedge and can be removed with one hand for emptying. Soft growth can be added to a compost heap. Large amounts of cuttings ( from long hedges or tall conifers ( can be gathered in an optional extra volume bag attached by a tube to the Groom.

The handles require two-handed operation and the concealed blade eliminates any danger of cutting through the cable. The Groom has won worldwide innovation awards, including the `Best new gardening product' title at GLEE, Britain's garden industry trade show.

To enter the competition, choose the correct answer: After cutting hedges, the Garden Groom (a) collects and shreds the clippings, (b) disperses them, (c) heaps them up.

* Send entries, marked `Competitions', to Peter Surridge, PO Box 37, Hoylake CH47 5XG, to arrive by Thursday, June 17. Include your name and address. Do not send any other correspondence with your competition entry. Winning entries will be the first correct ones drawn after the closing date.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 12, 2004
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