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Six of the best gardening gadgets

Green fingers getting tired of all that hard work? Hannah Stephenson rounds up the best garden tools

Published 11/08/2016

Bosch Cordless Hedgecutter AHS 55-20 LI, £139.99,
Bosch Cordless Hedgecutter AHS 55-20 LI, £139.99,
Hozelock Cloud Controller including hub, RRP £114.99, currently £84.99 at Amazon
Robomow RC304, £1,199, selected retailers,

Sweet sounds UE Boom 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, £169.99,

This new automatic watering system allows you to water your garden through an easy-to-use app, whether you're at work or on holiday, via your smartphone. It uses a low-power, long-range radio signal to connect to the internet while the free app eliminates any need for complex timer programming.

The device, which won the RHS product of the year award at this year's Chelsea Flower Show, can even suggest changes to watering patterns based on local weather data.

This innovative hedgecutter controls energy according to demand, thanks to 'quick cut' technology which enables the cutting blade to stay open for longer, ensuring the perfect cut in one clean sweep.

Its anti-blocking system means the hedgecutter stays in the same position until the branch has been completely cut through, so you get quick, uninterrupted cutting time. Plus, the Bosch LI batteries can be swapped between the same voltage products across the range - so you can simply swap the battery to a different product.

Sit back while this robotic lawnmower does the work. A wire is laid around the edge of your lawn which acts like an invisible wall confining the robot to the area you want mown, using sensors to stay within the designated area. Robomow will automatically plan a flexible cutting schedule, managed on the mower or through the app.

It covers up to 3,500 sq metres - nearly an acre - while its Bluetooth connecting app allows you to check battery life, see when it's next due to mow or edge the lawn, while updates tell you mowing progress and charging status.

It also offers virtual support, providing remote online diagnostics and online tech fixes.

Root 7 Corkcicle Canteen, £17.99,

Fancy a cuppa in the garden? Or maybe a really cold drink while you're out doing the summer weeding?

All too often mugs are left to go cold or cold drinks left to warm up when you're hard at work in your green space, but this funky canteen will keep your drinks at the right temperature whatever the weather.

The triple-insulated stainless steel comes with easy-grip flat sides and a non-slip bottom and will keep drinks cool for up to 25 hours and hot beverages warm for up to 12.

Want to know whether to get your wellies or your flip flops out in the garden?

Netatmo's stylish weather station - which contains an indoor and outdoor cylindrical module which look rather like aluminium speakers - will help you track weather conditions, relative humidity and air quality from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Want to listen to your playlist while you're gardening? The UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker combines rugged durability with awesome sound.

The cylindrical speaker - placed easily on a garden bench or wall - is waterproof, dirt-proof and drop-proof (5ft), and pumps out 90dB of sound with up to 60ft wireless range and has a 15-hour battery life.

It can be operated with the UE Boom app for iOS or Android. When you've finished gardening, use it to party on the patio.

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