Stiga: Riding Mower Wins German Design Award

The German Design Award in the category “lifestyle” went to the lawn mower Villa 520 HST by Stiga

The German Design Award is given out by the German Design Council, which has been founded on the initiative of the German Bundestag. Every year the best design pieces are elected by a jury of 30 professional design experts. The award is given out in ten categories that deal with everyday live. The front mower Villa 520 HST with its steel chassis is available on the market since 2013 and has also been awarded with the red dot design award.

The jury was convinced by the flawless ergonomics and high usability of the mower. The steering wheel and the pedals are arranged in a way that you can mount the riding mower from both sides. Ignition lock, hand throttle, cutting height adjustment and the connection to the mower are installed close to each other and can all be reached comfortably. The maintenance of the Villa 520 HST is quickly done because all important parts are easily accessible under the hood. The overall design gives the driver an optimal view, which makes it safe and easy to maneuver.

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EGO Lawnmower: Power Revolution in the Garden

The most powerful and fastest recharging battery powered range of garden products in the world, that goes head-to-head with petrol for performance, is launched under the EGO brand in hall 06.1 on stand 052 at spoga+gafa 2014.

With a promise that they are as powerful as petrol equivalents but without the noise, fuss or fumes, EGO unveils its 56-volt lithium-ion battery powered lawnmower, hedge cutter, line trimmer, chain saw and blower, taking cordless technology to a new, higher level.

In less than six months sales in the United States have established EGO as one of the fastest selling cordless garden product brands in the country and now the 56-volt lithium ion powered range will be available throughout Europe. EGO is ideal for all European garden conditions, regardless of size, location and weather.

Running costs are approximately one tenth of that for petrol powered equivalents. This factor, plus reduced noise, vibration and a total absence of operating emissions is a compelling environmental argument in favour of EGO. 

“We describe EGO as ‘Power Beyond Belief’ and it really does have to be experienced to fully appreciate what we are saying,” says EGO Europe’s Marketing Director, Steve Roskell. “This is a direct challenge to petrol, electric and existing cordless garden products. We have re written the powered garden products rule book.

“It is the first ever range of cordless outdoor powered equipment capable of matching or surpassing the performance of petrol powered machines without any of the noise, fuss or fumes. EGO products are powerful, quiet and easy to use,” adds Steve.

The lawnmower is sold complete with battery and charger whilst the other products in the range are sold without them (although they can be purchased separately) which means really attractive retail prices.

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World Cup Greens Grow on Compo Expert Fertilizer

The fertilizing expert provides seven stadiums in Brazil with its products.

The FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil™ is in full swing and excites hundreds of millions of people everywhere. The statistics already say that in this year the total number of goals shot is above average and maybe there will be a new goal record after the final on July 13th! It is clear that the players are in absolute top shape but the high quality of the greens is certainly another reason for the excellence of these games.

Compo Expert has provided seven of the twelve stadiums with their fertilizers: Mineirão , Castelão, Fonte Nova, Manaus, Recife, Brasília and the venue of the final, the Estádio do Maracanã.

The FIFA World Cup™ is the largest single sporting event in the world. 32 teams from 5 continents are part of it.

Compo Expert provides a wide range of highly effective and low-chloride fertilizers:

The Key Player – Rasen Floranid®: NPK-fertilizer with Isodur®-nitrogen, magnesium 20+5+8(+2), boron, copper, iron, manganese, zinc and the living organism Bacillus subtilis, selection E4-CDX®.

The Joker – Basatop® Fair: NPK-fertilizer with partially coated nitrogen (54%) with magnesium and sulfur 23+6+10(+2+5), boron, iron and zinc.

The Build-Up – Basatop® Sport: NPK-fertilizer, partially coated (40%) with magnesium and sulfur 20+5+10(+3+5), with boron, iron and zinc.

The Allrounder – Floranid® Permanent: NPK-fertilizer with Isodur®-nitrogen, magnesium  16+7+15(+2), boron, copper, iron, manganese and zinc.

The Forward – Compo Floranid®: Fertilizer with weedkiller. NPK-fertilizer with Isodur®-nitrogen and magnesium 15+5+8(+3).


Compo will be exhibiting at spoga+gafa 2014 in hall 07.1, stand C010/D011.


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Allett Unveils Complete Lawn Care System at spoga+gafa 2013

Allett Mowers, a specialist cylinder mower manufacturer, will be unveiling its innovative Complete Lawn Care System for the first time in Germany, at this year’s spoga+gafa Garden Trade Fair in Cologne.

The Complete Lawn Care System, which includes an aerator, a lawn brush, dethatcher, verticutter and a 10-bladed cartridge, as well as a top of the range walk behind cylinder lawnmower, will be revealed in conjunction with Allett’s new domestic distributer in Germany, Claus + Mathes.

Allett’s complete range of domestic petrol and electric cylinder lawn mowers, including the Classic, the Kensington and the Buckingham, will also be on display on the stand which will also be represented by Claus + Mathes.

“At Allett we are continually looking at how we can improve our products in line with our customers’ needs,” explains Austin Jarrett, Allett managing director. “It was through customer feedback that we learnt cost and space were two key issues faced by gardeners today. Buying a machine for each individual job can be extremely expensive and is out of most people’s budgets. On the other hand, if they could afford the equipment they struggled to store it all. It was due to this that we developed the Complete Lawncare System.

“We are delighted to be unveiling the System for the first time in Germany, alongside Claus + Mathes, our new distributor in the region – and thespoga+gafa is the obvious place to do it. Claus + Mathes is a perfect fit for Allett’s business model and we’re looking forward to a long and rewarding relationship,” adds Austin.

To view Allett’s new Complete Lawn Care System, together with the rest of its domestic range, and to discuss your mowing requirements, please visit stand C023 in Hall 6.1 at spoga+gafa from the 8th to the 10th September 2013.

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Telegraph Chooses Best Hedge Shears in UK

From time to time every hedge needs a trimming. But what are the best shears to use for cutting thick wooden branches or for skillful topiary gardening? The gardening department of the Daily Telegraph wanted to find out which tools are the most effective for cutting the green and tested several hedge trimmers from different developers.

There were two winners in the all-rounder category: The new ARS KR-1000 from Sorbus with its angled precision blades, rubber bumpers to reduce stress and replaceable blades and the Fiskars PowerGear hedge shear, which was also voted best lightweight shear. Another Fiskars model was among the finalists: the Quantum has light and strong aluminum handles with cork inlay for grip and comfort, ideal for light trimmings.

When it comes to topiary cutting the Jakoti hand shears convinced the testers. The one handed trimmer is described as extremely sharp and very accurate and easy to use.

Spear & Jackson is represented with two hedge shears as well: The 4868SS/09 hand shears have chunky and wide wooden handles which help cutting thicker materials. According to the Telegraph they are best suited for native country hedges while the 8175RS model is better for a formal evergreen hedge.

The RHS-endorsed topiary hedge shears from Burgon & Ball were voted best in the budget category. They are super lightweight, have comfy handles and for the price of 29.95 GBP they offer good quality for money according to the testers.

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