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No more growing pains; Gardens can bring a great deal of pleasure, both tending them and reaping what you have sown. However, mowing, hoeing, weeding and trimming can be physically wearing on the back, knees and joints. We look at a few garden gadgets which can take the strain out of outdoor chores.

There is no flagging with this patio weeder. The hooked part of the blade is perfectly shaped for getting right down into the cracks between paving slabs or blocks to dig out the garden blight and the long handle means there is no stooping or kneeling to be done. The 46' handle unscrews into two parts for storage if required. Patio Weeder, pounds 12.95, Scotts of Stow, www.

scottsofstow.co.uk, 0844 482 5555 No more back-breaking bending to keep your paths and patios free from moss and weeds. The Weeding Brush (FB-M) has three rows of extra-strong bristles for sweeping away the green invaders. The bristles go right to the edge of the wooden head facilitating weed and moss removal even from gutters, corners and patio edges that join with walls. It is part of multi-change system where 11 handles fit a collection of more than 50 tool heads so gardeners can choose a handle to suit their height then click on the brush. The new Weeding Brush (FB-M) costs pounds 9.99. For more information look up www.wolfgarten.

co.uk Want to stay toasty without restricting your arm movement? This innovative, centrally heated waistcoat is like wrapping yourself in a hot water bottle. It is cleverly constructed with a heating filament across the lower back. This is powered by ultra-safe battery packs secreted beneath two Velcro-fastened inside flaps. These can be switched on as needed. Each uses 4 AA batteries (not incl). The waistcoat has a zipped front and two patch pockets. Choose unisex size M (chest 34- 38") or L (40- 42"). It costs pounds 34.95, The Original Gift Company, www.theoriginalgift.co.uk, 0844 482 1717 n Lithium-ion battery powered garden shears can give topiary enthusiasts the edge. The lightweight cordless shears from WOLF-Garten have a comfort grip handle and can be used one-handed. They were developed after the manufacturer conducted Europe-wide research and discovered 73 per cent of pruning chores are carried out by women. They come with three easy-to-swap blades and are ideal for effortless precision pruning, trimming or topiary Li-Ion Finesse shears are available to buy from all good garden centres. Priced at pounds 59.99.

For more information look up www.wolf-garten.co.uk n Get more purchase with this ergonomic hand grip. The angled handle makes it comfortable to use and eliminates strains and blisters while the soft-feel grip is non slip, even with wet hands. They can be used on hand tools or on conventional long- handled tools, such as rakes or hoes, to prevent twisting. They can also be used for improved grip on vacuum cleaners, golf trolleys and other sports equipment, When used with a support cuff household tasks such as sweeping and mopping can be done one-handed. The add-on handles costs pounds 15 for a pack of two. For more information look up www.peta-uk.com or ring 01245 231 118.

The Garden Groom has been designed specifically with the older gardener in mind. It's lightweight and versatile making it ideal for trimming and shaping smaller hedges and bushes. The concealed blade eliminates the fear factor that many gardeners face when using conventional hedge trimmers, as it negates the accidental cutting of the mains cable. It also has an enclosed shredding and collecting system to save time on clear up. It retails at pounds 79.99 from www.JMLdirect.com and telephone number 0871 2222 631.

Designed for gardeners working from a seated position, or those with bending difficulties, Long Reach garden tools provide additional length. Due to the balance of these tools it is recommended that the handle is used with an Arm Support Cuff to utilise the strength of the forearm and offer more control. The Long Reach tools costs pounds 23.50 each or pounds 80 for the set, which includes a cultivator, hoe, fork, trowel and an Arm Support Cuff. The cuff costs pounds 4.95 if bought separately.
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