The charge of battery power tools shows no signs of receding at any time soon – both professional users and homeowners are coming around to the benefits of battery, with less noise, lower vibrations and no emissions at the top of the list!

If you’ve taken the plunge and invested in a battery powered tool, there are plenty of ways to get the most of it. We’ve put together an expert guide to understanding and looking after your battery so that it can deliver the performance you need.


Tools that are kept clean work with less friction, which means that less power is needed to run the tool, and your battery will run for longer. Make sure that all parts of your machine are free from dirt and well lubricated before use.


Trying to use a wet battery in your cordless power tool is a bad idea, but if it does get wet or dirty, simply switch off the machine, remove the battery, wipe it down with a cloth, then put the battery somewhere under cover and let it dry. If the openings in the battery or the charger is dirty, clean them gently with a soft brush.

Make sure that the battery’s contact points don’t come into contact with anything metal either as this can damage it.


The optimum temperature for a battery during charging is between 0°C and 40°C. Batteries may not charge if they are colder or hotter than this. STIHL battery chargers feature an integrated cooling function which actively cool the batteries whilst charging.


The LEDs on your battery are designed to show how much charge you have left in the battery, and on STIHL batteries, they can also indicate faults. If the LEDs are red, instead of green, any of the following could be causing a problem.

  • One red LED means the battery is too hot or too cold. If the battery is too cold, slowly warm it up by leaving it indoors for a while. If it’s too warm, you need to let it cool down.
  • Three red LEDs continuously lit up means that the machine itself (rather than the battery) is too warm. Allow it to cool down before using it again.
  • Three red flashing LEDs means that there is a fault in the tool, and it needs to be assessed.
  • Four red flashing LEDs means there is a fault in the battery which should also be assessed.


Deep discharge can causes damage to your battery, and reduces its long-term capacity so you get less charging cycles. STIHL’s intelligent battery system monitors the voltage in the individual Lithium-Ion battery cells so that it is impossible to exhaust or over charge the battery and damage it in this way.


STIHL advise against storing the battery in the power tool itself. Take it out and store it separately in a clean, dry place out of direct sunlight and ideally in some packaging, such as cardboard, to protect it. It can be stored at a temperature between -10°C and 50°C. If you aren’t going to be using it again for a while, we suggest leaving it with a charge level of 40–60%.

How To Install The Viking iMow

How To Install The Viking iMow

Gone are the days of walking endlessly up and down pushing a lawnmower. Thanks to the iMow, you can sit back and relax while it cuts the lawn for you. Buying the iMow is easy but what can be hard is installing it. The installation process is the most important aspect in relation to achieving the best cutting results possible. Don’t worry we are here to help you by taking you through the necessary steps to install the Viking iMow. Here is everything you need to install your docking station, perimeter wire and iMow to perfection.

How To Install The Viking iMow1: Prep The Lawn

Before you do anything, simply make sure your lawn is clean, tidy and free of any toys, objects and debris like twigs and leaves. Make sure your grass is cut to an acceptable length which tends to be a length no longer than 10mm. When these minor details have been checked off the checklist, you can proceed to the more important parts of the process.

2: Plan The Layout/Position Your Perimeter Wire

You will need to plan the layout for your perimeter wire, the best course to take through your lawn. Create islands around obstacles you want to stay clear of. You also need to plan and determine the best position for your iMows charging station. Ideally somewhere flat and in a middle ground which can be accessed from all angles. Stay away from sprinklers and near to a power outlet. Lay your perimeter wire at a reasonable distance from the edge of where you want to cut. The perimeter wire must be laid flat.

3: Program & Charge

Then place your iMow in the charging station to start charging our iMow so it builds up a charge. Set your settings on the machine to your preference like the cutting height and time settings, these can be changed whenever you want using the control panel. Do not cut any corners to save time as this will only result in your lawn suffering.

4: Detailed Check Of Installation & Make Any Adjustments Where Necessary

It is worthwhile checking your installation after you are confident it is completed. Take a step back, have a walk around your perimeter wire and make sure your settings are set to your liking and appropriate to how you want the lawn cut. Make any necessary adjustments before beginning to use the iMow mower.

5: Sit Back & Watch Your iMow Work

Once you have done all the above steps, you are good to go. It is now time to let your robotic mower go to work and do the hard work for you while you sit back and relax. If you are experiencing any problems with your iMow make sure to contact your Viking dealer for further assistance on the issue.

To learn more about our full range of Viking iMow, call us on 021-496-5132 or visit us online today.


The Importance Of Trampoline Covers

The Importance Of Trampoline Covers

BERG trampolines are created with the highest safety and quality standards incorporated into them. Trampolines are great quality and immaculately clean in the beginning but tend to get dirty and begin showing their age when left outside over a long period of time. Protection with a cover is the only and still the best way to mind your trampoline. The majority of trampolines nowadays are made of weather resistant materials however bad weather will still have negative effects on a trampoline and its parts. It is not worth taking a risk leaving it unprotected.

The bouncing effect in trampolines happens in short by a piece of cloth and some springs attached to the frame with tension so extreme, that the weight and energy of the bouncer cause the bounce to happen. So if the cloth or springs become damaged ultimately the bouncing effect won’t be good and ultimately when damaged could tear or snap and fail mid-bounce.

Choosing to protect your trampoline with a cover for the different types of weather is certainly an investment worth making. There are many reasons why you should own a trampoline cover. Rain, hail, snow, leaves, dirt, sun, and all other weather conditions impact how good your trampoline looks and performs. Here are some of the reasons why investing in a trampoline covers is worth it;-


  • They eliminate rusty springs, faded padding, wet surface, stuck on dirt and leaves that come with owning a trampoline in the changing of weather conditions.
  • Detritus landing/settling on the trampoline’s surface.
  • Prevent the jumping mat and pads becoming wet i.e ensuring safe jumping.
  • Animals from scratching/damaging different materials.
  • Wear and tear issues when the trampoline is not in use for periods of time.
  • They extend the lifespan of trampoline parts and prevent unwanted spending on replacement parts in the future.
  • Trampoline covers keep the jumping surface and the protective edges clean so quality will remain guaranteed.

Trampoline weather covers are a highly effective product to ensure customers get the greatest possible lifespan out of their trampoline and all its parts e.g mat, pads, frame and springs. Here at Douglas Forest and Garden, we sell a great range of trampoline covers for different models and sizes:-

Berg Trampoline Cover Basic – 6ft, 8ft, 9ft, 10ft, 11ft, 12.5ft, 14ft sizes available

The Importance Of Trampoline Covers - basic cover

Berg Trampoline Cover Extra – 9ft, 11ft, 12.5ft, 14ft sizes available

The Importance Of Trampoline Covers - extra cover

Berg Trampoline Cover Extra Grand Champion – 515 x 380 size available

The Importance Of Trampoline Covers - grand champion

Berg Trampoline Cover Extra Eazyfit – 220 x 330 size available

The Importance Of Trampoline Covers - eazyfit

Buying a new trampoline is only worth it when it performs consistently at a high level over a long period of time. Trampolines are seen to suffer damages some severe and some very small. Small issues may not seem big, serious or something worth worrying about, but this can have catastrophic effects in near or distant future like the tearing up of the padding, causing failure to some of the parts or even worse an injured child. Protecting your family and yourself from avoidable trampoline accidents is really as easy as buying a trampoline cover. With a trampoline cover not only does your trampoline get its worth and quality but you have also ensured your peace of mind when it is used.

If you would like to find out more about trampoline covers then visit us online today or call us on 021-496-5132


Choosing The Best Lawnmower For Your Lawn

Choosing The Best Lawnmower For Your Lawn

A lawnmower is one of the most important gardening tools you can have in your home. Having a great quality lawn mower that performs well and suits your grass and garden size is essential. However, a lot of people face a big issue in deciding what lawnmower to get and what type of lawnmower to use. There are so many different brands of lawnmowers out there from Weibang to Viking to Toro to Gardencare as well as types of lawnmowers, models and features associated with them that it can be overwhelming for buyers and users. Here is a guide to give you more of an understanding of the different types of lawnmowers and questions to ask yourself that can help you make a great purchasing decision for your gChoosing The Best Lawnmower For Your Lawnarden and lawn.

Firstly before you go about purchasing a lawnmower you need to ask yourself some vital questions like:-

  • How big is your lawn? Do you want a model that is good for tidying up a small area of grass or do you want a powerful lawnmower to cut through long grass in a large area of grass?
  • Where do you want to use your lawnmower? Do you want to use it to cut around plants and trees in your garden or do you want one to perform well on a slope or even a tough garden surface?
  • How strong and tall are you? Some lawnmowers have adjustable height handles to suit the specific user and to be more comfortable to use in operation. Self-propelled mowers with key starts are easier to use than pull-starts or heavy models that have to be pushed around suiting a person’s strength levels.
  • How well do you want your grass to be cut to? Does it have to be stripped down like a golf putting green or are you satisfied once your grass is some way short?

There are a number of different functioning lawnmowers with different drive systems you can get. Each type of lawnmower does particular things well and has specific functions in relation to landscaping your garden. Here are three of the most popular lawn mowers available.

Push Lawnmowers

Push lawnmowers are best suited to homeowners with small lawns. These mowers cut grass into fine pieces that remain on the lawn or can be used with a collection box. The rotary blade is powered by petrol, the user has to push the lawnmower around the lawn. Push mowers are at the lower end of the price range but provide a top class cut for your garden. Push lawn mowers are popular among budget-minded homeowners who have level gardens and do not intend to haul grass clippings. However, they have limited height adjustability, and sharpening the blades is difficult.

Self-propelled Lawnmowers 

Self-propelled lawnmowers push themselves so you don’t need put as much effort into pushing them as other lawnmowers. All you need to do with these types of lawnmowers is just steer them in the right direction. This makes mowing much easier. Most self-propelled models come with adjustable speeds meaning you can set it to a level that is comfortable for your walking pace.

Mulch Lawnmowers

Mulch lawnmowers chop up the grass very finely and push the clippings back into the lawn as mulch. This mulch will add nutrients back into the lawn. Mulching lawn mowers are more expensive than other mowers but a great choice if you don’t have anywhere to dispose of grass clippings and don’t want the hassle of emptying the box every time once its full of grass clippings.

If you are shopping for a new lawnmower then make sure to do your research, know what you want your lawnmower to do for your garden by answering the questions outlined above. See all the different features that each type and model of lawnmower offers and which model you think will best suit your lawn. If you have any questions related to lawnmowers then call us on 021-496-5132 or visit us online today.


BERG Inground Trampolines (Installation Guide)

BERG Inground Trampolines (Installation Guide)

BERG have been designing and producing trampolines for over 30 years. Inground trampolines are located in the ground meaning they are not built and assembled above the ground. Whichever inground trampoline BERG produces it always contains their main core values of quality and durability giving years of trampolining pleasure.

There are many types of BERG trampolines like The BERG Talent, BERG Champion, BERG Elite+, BERG Favorit and BERG Eazyfit. You can get BERG Inground trampolines with and without a safety net. Inground Trampolines are much safer with a safety net around it. Their InGround trampolines are available in various diameters and prices. When these trampolines are placed down into the ground of your garden it is barely noticeable. It gives a tidy appearance because they are nicely concealed. The problem is how to fit and install it into the ground?

All Inground trampolines come in different shapes and sizes, therefore, the shape and size will determine how you approach and execute the installation process. There are a number of steps to be taken to ensure the installation runs smoothly;

Step 1 – Determine Measurements Of Trampoline

Before doing any digging you must know the exact measurements for the diameter of the trampoline, diameter hole and depth hole. Observe the sizes in the instructions provided with the trampoline.

Step 2 – Placement Location

Spend some time brainstorming to come up with an ideal location for where you want to have your inground trampoline. Establishing a location that is not close to a hedge, fence, shed or any potentially dangerous object to ensure ultimate safety. It is said that a 2-metre minimum distance from any potentially harmful object is best.

Step 3 – Mark Out Location

Mark the location on the ground with the tape measure provided with the trampoline or your own if preferable once they are the measurements of the inground trampoline model. This will result in knowing the exact location to put the trampoline

BERG Inground Trampolines (Installation Guide) - Mark Out Location


Step 4 – Dig Space For Trampoline

If you are happy with the location you have decided for your trampoline to be put and it meets the trampoline measurements then you can go ahead and start digging. Dig out the hole entirely in the shape of a bowl to the indicated depth of the inground trampoline model. 

BERG Inground Trampolines (Installation Guide) - Dig Space For Trampoline



Step 5 – Insert Trampoline

Once you have dug out the hole as described in the previous steps to the specific measurements, you can then place the trampoline on top of it. Follow the last steps of the instructions provided and you are ready to start bouncing.


BERG Inground Trampolines (Installation Guide) - Insert Trampoline

Making Use Of Your Garden Space

Making Use Of Your Garden Space

Everybody has a little bit or lots of space in their garden that could be put to better use. We are here to tell you that the benefits of maximising that space are endless. These benefits are not just for you but for your children especially who are the next generation. There are numerous things you can do with space in your garden or backyard to help keep them fit and healthy, you can fill that space with sports toys like a soccer goals/rebounder or a basketball hoop, a trampoline to bounce up and down to give you a feeling ecstasy and a work out to remember or maybe even a playhouse for a child to keep them entertained for hours.

Regular physical activity is good for everyone but it’s particularly important for your kids. The first five years of their life are key for their growth and development. It’s during this time that they’ll develop the habits or skills that will follow them into adulthood. It’s very important and should be a focus for parents to provide kids with the toys, opportunities and experiences that positively influence their choices around active play.

Whatever toys you fill that space in your garden with, its beneficial for children and here’s how;-

  • Allow healthy growth and development
  • Being a healthy weightMaking Use Of Your Garden Space
  • Reducing the risk of diseases like diabetes or cancer later in life
  • Building their bodies -strong hearts, muscles and bones
  • They learn basic fundamental movement skills
  • Improved functional movement, balance, coordination and reaction time
  • Increased mental wellbeing
  • Improved social skills, self-esteem and confidence
  • Experiencing fun and enjoyment through the use of outdoor toys

Improving your health through exercise, practising sports and providing your kids with healthy ways to have fun are all great way to develop and positively impact a child. The choice to fill that space in the garden is one of great significance to the child even though you may not think it at the time. Creating a sports star or a healthy active child will definitely make you a proud parent for the future.

STIHL gardening tip: working with cordless power tools


Whether it’s a hedge trimmer, chainsaw or blower, every STIHL tool is built with decades of experience in developing and using power tools for forestry and gardening.

Our garden tools are perfectly suited to their particular applications. To help you manage challenges around your home and garden more easily, we would like to share our expert knowledge with you. In our “STIHL gardening tips” blog post series, we have brought useful tips and tricks together for you.

In this article, we will tell you how to save electricity when working with your cordless power tool, how best to store your battery and what deep discharge is all about – and much more.

STIHL gardening tip: working with cordless power tools

Our expert tips on working with cordless power tools:

  1. Clean tools need less electricity: If all dirt has been removed from a tool and it is functioning well – e.g. .if the saw chain has been properly lubricated or the brushcutter’s cutting tools can turn freely – then less friction will occur. This means that it will take less energy to run the tool. That will reduce wear and tear and make the tool easier to work with, as well as ensuring that you won’t have to charge the battery as often as you otherwise would.
  2. Allow damp or wet batteries to dry: If your battery becomes wet or muddy while you are working with a tool, you can simply clean the battery and dry it. To do this, switch off the tool, take out the battery, and clean it with a damp towel. Then store the battery separately and let it dry.
    While it is drying, do not put objects into the battery’s openings, and do not connect the battery’s contact points to metal objects. If the battery’s inlets are dirty, clean them carefully with a soft brush. The same applies if your battery’s charger becomes dirty.
  3. Understand the charge display on your STIHL battery. The four LEDs on the battery show the remaining level of charge in the battery, but can also indicate if there is a fault in the tool or the battery. To see this display, simply press the button on the battery. The LEDs will light up in green for around five seconds before they indicate the remaining level of charge. If only one LED is flashing in green, this indicates that there is a low level of charge left in the battery.
    The green LEDs will also show the remaining level of charge if you place the battery into the charger (if none of the LEDs light up, then the battery is already fully charged).However, if the LEDs light up or blink in red, this indicates a fault:

    • One red LED is lighting up: the battery is too hot or too cold. If the battery is too cold, you should warm it up slowly by taking it into the house, for example. Please do not put the battery on a heater.
      If the battery is too warm, you should let it cool down. The AL 300 and AL 500 chargers can also actively support in cooling down the battery, as they have a cooling system installed.
    • Three red LEDs are lighting up: the tool (e.g. your brushcutter or hedge trimmer) is too warm. Before you continue with your work, you must let the tool cool down to operating temperature.
    • Three red LEDs are flashing: there is a fault in the tool. Please bring the tool to a STIHL specialist dealer so that it can be checked.
    • Four red LEDs are flashing: there is a fault in the battery. You should also go to your local specialist dealer in this case.


LED Chart

  1. Reading the display on the STIHL battery charger correctly: If the battery has been placed in the charger, the charging process will begin automatically. The LED on the charger indicates the charger’s status:
    • The LED on the charger lights up in green for a second and in red for about a second: this display is perfectly normal. The charger is automatically performing a self-check after being plugged into the mains.
    • The LED on the charger lights up in green: the battery is charging.
    • The LED on the charger flashes red: there is a fault in the charger. Please have your charger checked by a STIHL specialist dealer.
    • The LED on the charger does not light up: if the battery is fully charged, the charger will automatically switch off.

    You will find an overview of battery charging times on our website. Please note that the actual charging time may differ from the charging time mentioned on the website as it is influenced by many factors, e.g. by the temperature of the battery or the surrounding environment.

  2. Charging the battery correctly: The battery will be particularly protected during charging if the temperature of the battery pack is between 0°C and +40°C. A battery that is too cold or too warm, on the other hand, cannot be charged. If your battery is too warm after a long period of use, STIHL chargers with integrated battery cooling (e.g. the AL 300 and the AL 500) will help to achieve the optimum charging temperature.Another distinctive feature of lithium-ion batteries is that they charge quickly: this ensures that the battery quickly reaches a charge level of 80 percent and can get working again immediately.
  3. Short charging times are also possible: It is also possible to charge the battery over a very short period, such as a few minutes, without any problems. Charging the batteries for short periods like this has been proven to have no effect on the battery’s performance. This also means that the battery can be removed from the charger at any time – regardless of the charge level status shown on the display.
    So you can charge your batteries during short breaks from work without needing to worry.
  4. Don’t be afraid of deep discharge: Thanks to voltage monitoring of the individual cells in STIHL batteries, you do not have to worry about deep discharge, which can cause considerable damage. It is not possible to exhaust or overcharge the battery.
  5. Long-life batteries even with quick charging times: A quick battery charging time, like the times achieved by the STIHL AL 300 and AL 500, do not have a negative impact on lifespan. The active battery cooling will ensure that the battery is protected even during quick charging. The batteries can be charged several hundred times without any noticeable loss of energy.
  6. Storing the battery correctly: If you want to store the battery, you should remove it from the tool and set it aside separately.
    If you are storing the battery for a long period of time, we recommend keeping it at a charge level of two green LEDs, which corresponds to a 40–60 percent charge. The battery should be kept clean and dry and should be placed in packing material that is not electrically conductive (e.g. cardboard) to protect it from becoming damp or wet and from being subjected to direct sunlight. Ideally, it should be stored in a closed room – which also ensures that it is kept out of reach of children. The battery can be stored at temperatures between -10°C and +50°C.
  7. Finding the right battery for your STIHL tool: If you are interested in a STIHL cordless power tool, we will always recommend which battery will be the best match for your needs and your cordless tool. Selecting a battery and a tool depends on what type of application it will be used for.
    It does not always make sense to pick the battery with the highest performance. Depending on the intended purpose, it may be more important to work with less weight and therefore a lighter battery with less capacity. When it comes to hedge trimmers, for example, less weight makes the tool much easier to use. On the other hand, tools that need a lot of energy, like blowers or chainsaws, should generally be fitted with powerful batteries.Here is an example to provide a clear explanation: when it comes to batteries for the STIHL COMPACT cordless power system, you can do twice as much work with the AK 20 as you can with the AK 10. However, the AK 10, which weighs just 0.8 kg, is considerably lighter than the AK 20, which weighs 1.2 kg. When you make a decision, you can think about whether you will have the chance to recharge the battery during short work breaks, or whether you should choose a long battery life. In many cases, having two lightweight batteries is also an appealing option.

COMPACT cordless power system

Get off to a great start in the garden with STIHL batteries.

In general, before you start working with your cordless power tool, you should always read the instructions, including the safety instructions.

Perfect for the garden: cordless power tools from STIHL

Whether you are cutting hedges, mowing the lawn, trimming the grass, getting rid of leaves, cleaning paths or cutting firewood – we have the right cordless power tool for every job in your home and garden. The quiet and zero-emission garden tools from STIHL make working in the garden a breeze.


Discover a new level of calm when it comes to garden work. Light, quiet and powerful – the garden tools from the STIHL COMPACT cordless power system.

A major plus: the battery can be used in all COMPACT cordless power system tools, so you will be up to any challenge at home or in the garden.

STIHL batteries