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Husqvarna Starts Automower Testing Campaign

Hundreds of gardens in Germany, Great Britain and Scandinavia are being equipped with mowing robots by Husqvarna.

Not long ago, people had to sacrifice a lot of time when it came to mowing their lawns. The technology of automated mowing robots changed that and presented garden owners with a modern and comfortable alternative to scythes and lawnmowers. Husqvarna is one of the pioneers of the lawnmower robots: They have been part of their product range for over 20 years now, giving home owners the chance to sit comfortably on the terrace while the mowing is getting done by itself.

With the Automower challenge, Husqvarna wants to equip people in  Germany, UK, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark with their latest models and strengthen their market position while learning more about the performance.

Individual testers and families can apply for the Automower challenge until the end of March, by giving information about them and their gardens. In every country 100 testers are being chosen by Husqvarna. They all get an Automower worth at least 2.499 € to be tested on their private property. The devices will be installed by local specialized dealers who will also be available for advice during the whole testing phase.

The testers may keep the Automower after the end of the testing phase in November, provided that they document their experiences by giving feedback in video form every 15 days. Excluded from applying are garden owners who use pesticides.

Further information:
automowerchallenge.co.uk
automowertester.de
automowertestpilots.se
automowertestpilots.dk
automowertestpilots.fi
automowertestpilots.no

Bagsac: The Fabric Pots Are Getting Company

In 2016, the French designers expand their product range.

In the last couple of years the company Bagsac became known for their innovative lightweight plant bags. These plant pots for urban gardens are made of multi-layered and resistant fabric and are very flexible in their applications. This year, those bags are getting company. Bagsac releases a whole range of new garden accessories:

Chantepleure

This medieval ancestor of our watering can was used by gardeners of the time to carry the rainwater which they had collected. Hand-crafted in France, the terracotta chantepleure adopts the natural silhouette of a coloquint. It “sings” when immersed in water to fill. To retain the water the upper opening is sealed with a finger. Remove the finger and the water “weeps” via its sprinkler.

Soft Top

After the success of the balcony braces, a pair of hooks with adjustable straps for individual plant crates or shelves, Bagsac presents its “Soft Top”, which transforms the vegetable box from the market into a practical storage. Easy to install, the soft top guarantees the protection of the harvest. The cover is waterproof, ultra-resistant and has an anti-UV treatment.

Nomade Cushion

An unusual product for a company specialized in plant accessories, but why not? The Nomade Cushion is a soft and comfortable padding for relaxing gardeners. It unrolls and tidies away easily thanks to the straps. This cushion is made of an ultra-resistant waterproof sheet associated with a top canvas.

Compost Bag

The composter bags can be filled with dead leaves, dead flowers and other biologically degradable materials. It produces an 100% natural fertilizer that will bring plants all the nutrients they need to develop and strengthen their natural defenses.

Paname

This carrier plant bag is in light and solid geotextile. It can be carried either in hand or on the shoulder. Its four zippers adapt to the size of its contents: flowers, branches, fruits, vegetables…

Garden Tools Lucane, Toucan and Taupe

Hand-forged in carbon steel by a family-owned and environmentally aware manufacturer who combines old world techniques with new technologies. Extremely robust, these garden tools have a lifetime guarantee.

Further information: bacsac.com/en

Mirtoon by ZEE: Watering With Style

Water hose for garden delights with a bright and practical design.

The water hose is probably one of the most essential exterior tools. We use it to feed plants, vegetables and flowerbeds; we clean tools, muddy boots, bikes and cars with it. And during the summer it fills up swimming pools, water guns and balloons to bring coolness and fun. Surprisingly not much attention has been paid to its design so far.

The Belgian company ZEE decided to change this. By selecting contemporary colours and going for a unicolour look, they have managed to create Mirtoon, a real designer hose.

There have been hose reels on the market for many years, but they are all mainly designed for practical purposes unlike this pretty product. Mirtoon comes in a 10 meter and 30 meter edition. The smaller version fits perfectly any terrace, patio or balcony. The large hose is ideal for gardens and all other practical uses.

Mirtoon is ready for use. Each reel includes a hose, fittings and nozzle. The hose has been provided with the necessary connectors to use it worldwide.

The Mirtoon has been honoured with the design label “Henry Van De Velde”:  “Mirtoon is a completely aesthetic redesign of the well-known garden hose with reel. It is practical and discrete and thanks to its colour scheme it allows to either blend in or stand out in its surroundings.”

Further information: zeedesign.be

Fiskars: PowerGearX Loppers Win German Design Award 2016

The new loppers work with Fiskars’ patented PowerGear™ mechanism.

According to the Finnish garden tool manufacturer Fiskars, their latest PowerGear Loppers offer an up to three times more effective cutting performance compared to other pruning devices. Their patented mechanism gives the user additional power exactly in the moment when it is needed, at the beginning of the cutting process and when cutting through the heart of wood.

Security and ease of use are the most important factors for Fiskars when it comes to choosing their materials. The grips with their three-dimensional structure prevent that the tools slip out of hand while working, even in wet and dirty conditions. The arms of the loppers are made of lightweight durable aluminum. The precision cut blades from stainless steel are covered with a non-stick coating.

The new PowerGearX L-Series consists of three bypass-Loppers and one anvil-lopper. The bypass-blades are suited for cutting fresh greens. They create a clean cut surface that heals quickly. The anvil cutter has more power and is suited for wooden branches.

The jury of the German Design Award justified their choice with the following statement: “The Fiskars PowerGearX Lopper bypass L is an extremely robust and high-quality manufactured lopping shears that effortlessly cuts through branches up to 5 cm in diameter. This is due to the great leverage of the long handles as well as the bypass blades, while the lower blade makes the cutting even easier and sees to clean cutting spots – an excellent garden tool in the characteristic Fiskars design.”

Further information: fiskars.com

Moss Wall Art: Style Elements for Nature Lovers

These living walls are made with 100% real mosses, lichens, natural woods and organic features, each piece is a handcrafted, original work of art.

Mosses are very peculiar life forms. They have been probably around for more than 400 million years and there are over 16.000 different species. They are found almost everywhere but usually they are not the most popular plants. When moss is noticed in the garden it is often treated like weeds, other than that it is hardly noticed. On the other hand, the soft green carpeting of moss often enhances the look of old building and ancient walls.

For those who are looking for an interesting alternative for decorating their interiors, be it private home, office or restaurant, moss walls might be worth looking into. Living moss wall art brings the outdoors inside, preserving moments in nature.

There are infinite design possibilities and different shades can be combined to create random patterns. They draw the viewer in visually, absorb sound and are a calming element of nature.

The Moss Wall Art pieces by the US company Plant Solutions are intended for use indoors, but can also be displayed outdoors in a protected area such as a patio. They are made of real moss that is preserved and does not require watering. As long as they are not in direct sunlight, they hold up well and do not fade.

Further information: hmosswallart.com