Professional Zero-Turn Lawnmower

Professional Zero-Turn Lawnmower: The Ultima ZT1

A Professional Zero-Turn Lawnmower is by far the best you can get in terms of speed, durability and efficiency. And on the top of this range is Cub Cadet’s Zero-turn Pro Mowers. The ZT1 54″ is Cub Cadet’s 2019 model. It is the result of over 63,000 working hours of research, design and testing — and it shows. The research focused on what professionals need and want. The design was refined over and over based on consumer feedback, and that’s how they ended with the ZT1. 

Professional Zero-Turn Lawnmower: Ultima ZT1Professional Zero-Turn Lawnmower

This machine is fast and efficient. Cub Cadet has built it solid, with a square steel frame. Its engine can save up to 25% on fuel costs compared with other models of similar specification. In terms of comfort, the ZT1 is in a class of its own. The back seat is high and upright. Compared with many plastic bucket seats out there, it’s extremely comfortable to work on for hours at a time.  The Lat Bars have comfortable, rubberised grips and are fully adjustable to whatever position you need. You can change the deck, and seat height, using a peddle and adjusting wheel. There are LED headlights set to ‘always on’ for maximum visibility. There’s a thick rubber footpad to reduce vibration coming up through your feet. Compared with consumer-level ride-on lawnmowers this is in a class of its own

Cutting and Performance

The ZT1’s (and Cub Cadet Z5) cutting deck has been offset to the side so that it pokes out beyond the chassis and wheels. Most tractor mowers have the deck directly under the seat and centred within the chassis, which means your tractor mower takes up less space. But it also means you’re “shooting blind” at times. With the ZT1, you can get a good, clean trim and clearly see where you’re cutting and this is especially useful when you’re cutting around edges or features.

The trailer hitch allows you to pull tractor mower accessories, such as aerators, sweepers or garden carts. Since ZT Mowers are about performance and don’t have built-in collectors, the addition of a sweeper such a the Agri Fab Tow Smart can be great for tidying up the grass after mowing. You can offset this to match the cutting deck, so it catches the majority of clippings. The Agri Fab Tow Smart has an easy-to-reach handle so you can quickly dump clippings and is an excellent addition to the setup. 

The ZT1 is currently available for €16,999. For a no trade-in straight deal price, please call us today on 021 4965 132. 

Paddling Pools With a Twist

Paddling pools provide days of fun for kids during the summer period. And while we might have easy to entertain in our youth, kids nowadays have so much on offer that they can sometimes need an extra bit of excitement to draw them away from their screens. Luckily, outdoor toys have progressed along with everything else. We have many great garden pools to suit different needs, so why not check out our full range? Here are three great options for toddlers to 10-year olds:

A Paddling Pool Play Centre for Toddlerspaddling pools for toddlers

The Sunnyland Splash paddling pool is perfect for toddlers. It’s friendly and safe, has lots of fun colours and a little inflatable slide on the side. In the centre of the paddling pool is a smiley sunshine face which has a fountain for a nose (this connects easily to the garden hose). Lots of fun to be had here.

Paddling Pools on Fanta: The H20GO! Splash Tower

H20GO! are a brand that makes the kind of outdoor toys we could only dream of when we were small. The Splash Tower is like an inflatable Aquadome for out your back garden. You get a regular little paddling pool and make it into the splash pool for a giant inflatable water slide, and attach a climbing wall. Your garden hose connects to the top of the “tower” (about two metres in height). This toy is perfect for kids aged 5-10 (with adult supervision, of course). It’s effortless to set up — you may look at the photo and imagine yourself blue in the face trying to pump it. But thankfully, all of H20G0!‘s products include an air blower that will have the whole thing inflated in less than two minutes and keeps it that way automatically for the duration of your kids’ playtime.

Parental Advisory: Your Kids May Refuse To Come In For Their Dinner

The H20GO! Hurricane Blast is the kind of outdoor toy that might just transform our Nintendo Switch addicted youths into potential future Olympians! This extra-large pool has a bigger play pool and a climbing wall for kids to reach the tower. As for the slide, it’s more extended slide and has a big bend on it ends in a splash pool. The hurricane blast allows more space for more kids at once, so it’s great for larger groups and will provide countless hours of entertainment.

Many of our paddling pools come with free delivery. For any questions contact us on 021 4965 132

hot tub hire

Hot Tub Hire Or Buy Your Own Portable?

A hot tub hire can be a great idea if you want to enjoy chilling outside at home in the sun with your friends and family, drink in hand, music playing, and hot bubbling water soothing and massaging your tired muscles. A hot tub hire makes sense when regular hot tubs require extensive installation and maintenance, whereas you can have a portable option hired out for a weekend. These can be pricey to rent out, and that’s fine if you only intend to use it once. But if it’s something you enjoy doing and would consider doing it more than once, it will be a lot more cost-effective to buy your own portable. We have a full range of portable hot tubs which can be purchased and set up a couple of days before you plan to use it, and once you’re done, it’s yours to use whenever you want. 

Hot Tub Hire? Why Not Buy Your Own?hot tub hire

A hot tub hire is appealing because most of us wouldn’t find it worthwhile to have a fixed installation at home. It’s expensive to install a fixed hot tub and doing so takes up permanent space. That’s before maintenance during periods when you won’t be using it. For a typical hot tub installation, you need someone to build and install it,  perhaps adding decking and other permanent fixtures around it. But a portable option, which is the same one used for hot tub hire, is inflatable. You can easily assemble it within an hour, and once it’s up, it’s just a matter of connecting it to water and letting the built-in system heat it. And when you’re finished using it, after a weekend or maybe after the summer, you can easily disassemble it and put it away so that it’s not taking up space in your garden. The heating process takes about 12-24 hours, so once you have everything in place, it’s just a matter of waiting. It will reach a hot, comfortably temperature of 40c.

Portable Hot Tubs to Buy: Different Sizes and Costs

Regular portable hot tubs come in various sizes, and so does Lay-Z-Spa’s range. With options for 4-7 adults at a time, there’s something for everyone— for example the Lay-Z-Spa Vegas which costs €579 to own and can comfortably fit 4-7 people. There’s also the budget option, the Lay-Z-Spa Miami which can seat 2-4 people and costs just €499 to own and use whenever you want. Of course, there is something for everyone, and the Lay-Z-Spa Maldives is on the higher end of the spectrum, with 8 Hydro jets and 140 Airjets, it fits 5-7 people comfortably. All of these come with free delivery to your home. 

If an option you’re interested in is not currently in stock, you can reach us on 021 4965 132 to reserve your order.

portable barbecues

Portable Barbecues: 2 Portable BBQs for Summer

Portable barbecues are perfect for those of us living in homes without much yard space or storage. Especially when you only get to use the barbecue for a few months out of the year. We have a range of barbecues to suit different situations and settings.

Portable Barbecues: Let’s Start With The Smallest

The Kuhn Rikon Tabletop Gas BBQ works best if you have a heat-resistant table to place it on (keeping in mind that it’ll be hot, so you don’t want it to be too near people sitting down). It has an attractive design and is perfect for small spaces such has on an apartment balcony. The BBQ comes in the following dimensions: 97cm in length, 39 cm in height, and 44cm in width.  

In addition to being relatively compact, the cooking surface is decently sized, measuring 47cm by 35cm. Built into the lid is a steel thermometer. It has an integrated electric lighter and uses regular gas to power it. It has an attractive design with two beechwood trays on either side of the cooker. These are removable if you have limited space, but they’re handy for holding utensils and plates. The Kuhn Rikon also comes with a three-piece set of BBQ utensils worth €19.99. 

Barbecues For campingportable barbecues

The Party Grill 400 is one of the most portable barbecues around. It functions as a stovetop, a griddle and the lid can be flipped around and used as a wok. It’s geared for campers and produced by Campingaz, who have been producing camp cooking products for over 80 years. This grill also includes a built-in electric ignition to keep things simple and straightforward. The Party Grill 400 can be placed outdoors on the ground. It also has a removable tripod system so you can keep the heat away from the ground and bring the grill closer to you. The party grill uses Campingaz cylinders, which they have designed for portability. 

Portable barbecues come in all shapes and sizes. While the Kuhn Rikon is perfect for at-home portability, the Campingaz Party Grill is exceptionally easy to carry around. The handles over the cover are very secure and can be used to hold the device with one handle. They also come with a carry bag so you can put it away when you’re not using it.  Order online, or to find out more, call us today on 021 4965132

outdoor play ideas

Outdoor Play Ideas For The Family

If you’re looking for outdoor play ideas for the family, we have plenty to offer this summer. Many of our items include free shipping anywhere in Ireland. Here are just a few from our selection. 

Playhouses

Playhouses never go out of style because children love to play pretend. EXIT’s range of Playhouses creates a perfect place for your kids to enjoy the outdoors, immerse themselves in their imagination and all the while the range provides a beautiful piece for the garden. Most children’s playhouses which come in gaudy plastics and colours. The EXIT range, however, comes in a Nordic style, with real wood and pastel colours, making it an attractive addition to any garden space.

Outdoor Play Ideas For Sports Fanatics

Whether it’s basketball or football, we have a full range of sports toys to keep the family entertained throughout the summer. Including a range of outdoor goals and nets in all sizes, and some adjustable to accommodate different age groups, there’s something for everyone. Including rebounder kits so that you can learn to improve your passing and shooting skills on your own.

Trampolines

What goes up must come down, and up again, and down again, and up again…! Trampolines are an endless source of entertainment, whether you’re an adult or a child, we have a range of trampolines so suit the whole family. Including a range of inground and flat ground setups so that you can keep your garden seamless while still providing a space for fun. 

Hoverboardsoutdoor play ideas

Hoverboards are all the rage for kids of all ages (including adult kids). They’re portable, fun and can allow anyone to practise their balancing skills (just make sure you wear a helmet…and padding!). We appreciate Oxboard’s range for their durability and excellent battery performance, so these are well worth considering. Oxboard also provide some of the best e-scooters around.

Outdoor Play Ideas For Grown-ups: Hot Tubs

For the older outdoor play, hot tubs can’t be beaten. They’re a perfect centrepiece for a family day at home. Enjoy the sunshine and a few homemade cocktails. Bask in the warm 40c water, and let the waterjets massage your muscles. We offer some of the best hot tubs around, and what’s more, these are easily disassembled so that you only have them in your garden when you want to use them.

To find out more or to order, contact us today on  021 4965 132

best garden pools

Best Garden Pools

We have some of the best garden pools available this summer. And with free delivery anywhere in Ireland you can’t go wrong! If you pre-order today, you’ll have your pool arrive by mid-June, so it’s best to get ahead of the curve. No matter the type of garden pool you’re looking for, we have a great range suitable for the whole family.

Best Garden Pools: The Bestway Rangebest garden pools

The Bestway 9ft 10″ Pool which is made from a very strong and durable “Tri-Tech” material. As with all of Bestway’s range, this is a complete set that’s easy to set up (no tools needed). Instead, the frame is connected together with a Seal and Lock system. In addition to the tri-tech materials, the frame itself is made from corrosion-resistant metal which means that your pool is covered by a two-year warranty. The Bestway is easily stored away when the summer fun ends. Similarly, Bestway offer the 10ft Steel Promax. This is a circular design which comes with a filter pump, filter, two attachable cup holders and a repair patch.

For a large pool, Bestway offers the 13ft 1″  Pro Rectangular Pool Set. All of the larger Bestway pools have a ‘flow control’ valve so you can easily drain your pool. Rather than flooding your garden, you can attach a hose and have the water drain away in a better location. 

Garden Pools for Large Groups

Bestway’s 13 ft 6” x 6 ft 6″ x 48″ power  steel rectangular pool set is one of the longest and deepest in the range. Despite the larger size it’s just as easily assembled and easy to store away when you’re finished. This larger pool comes with a safety ladder so you and your family can easily get in and out of the pool. And to help keep this considerably larger mass of water clean and fresh, the Power Steel Rectangular Pool comes with a 530 gallon water filter pump.

The Best Pools for Children

Bestway’s 6ft Fast Set Paddling pool is great for the kids. It’s an inflatable setup that you can have up and running within 10 minutes and costs only €32.99. For larger families, there is also Bestway’s 10-foot paddling pool for only €45.00. This can comfortably allow your kids to enjoy the outdoors and the sunshine with extreme portability and comfort! 

If you have any questions about our pools or our free delivery on specific orders, you can reach us on 021 4965 132

best e-scooter

Oxboard’s Best E-Scooter: 2 Models Available With Free Shipping Anywhere in Ireland

Finding the best E-Scooter can be a challenge. There are so many brands out there, and they are fast becoming a big thing, with kids and adults alike taking to the streets and parks and using it as a mode of transport. The Oxboard models are built for people aged 14 and up.  Oxboard is a top-rated Dutch company specialising in electronic transporters such as hoverboards.  They are regarded for quality builds and durability. Oxboard offers two e-scooter models:

1. The Oxboard E-Kick

The E-Kick is light, tough and durable and comes in at the best price of €259. it has a good battery built to last 10-12km on a single charge and can carry up to 120 kilos. It’s highly portable, with a much smaller “kick-start” engine designed to kick in when you give it a push to get going. The great thing about the E-Kick is that it’s so lightweight, and the battery and motor so neat, that if it runs out of juice, it works just as seamlessly as a regular scooter. So unlike a lot of models out there, even if your battery dies while you’re out and about, you won’t suddenly feel like you’re scooting along on an old 1954 Whirlpool Washing Machine.

2. The PRO2: Oxboard’s Best E-Scooterbest e-scooter

The PRO2 is Oxboard’s newest model and comes in black and white. It comes in at €599 and here is what you get for the price. The PRO2 is all about the motor. It has a powerful 350-watt engine which can carry up to 130kgs with a top speed of 25km/h. With a 7.5Ah battery, this will let you drive up to 30 kilometres before you need to charge up. Charging takes about 3.5 hours. 

Naturally, with such a powerful motor, you need to be able to slow yourself down, and the PRO2 comes with two independent disc brakes, front and back. One notable difference between the PRO2 and many competitors is the more extended deck to accommodate the larger battery while giving you more space. The PRO2 has lights on the front and back, including a brake light. The PRO2 is also portable with a foldable handle and weights 15kg. It comes with a two-year warranty and uses 8.5inch tyres.

All Oxboard E-Scooters come with free shipping anywhere in Ireland. For inquiries, or to find out which is the best e-scooter for you, call us today on 021 4965 132

slip n slide for kids

Slip N Slide For Kids

A Slip N Slide can provide endless hours of fun, and let’s admit it — we all wanted one when we saw them on the telly when we were kids! H2OGO!’s range is a perfect easy-to-setup option for your garden. You’ll find it very quick and easy to set up — it’s just a matter of attaching a garden hose for the water, and your kids are good to go! With summer looming and no sun holidays looking likely this year, we expect these to sell out fast but you can pre-order today for delivery in Mid-June. There are three options:

1. H2OGO! SINGLE SLIP ‘N’ SLIDE WITH RAMP

The Single is €23.99 when you pre-order, and has one 5.4-metre lane for your kids to enjoy and is excellent for flat gardens. To set it up, you get your hose and fill the “Speed Ramp” with water. The Speed Ramp does what it sounds like, and allows kids to enjoy the water slide even if the garden is flat. Just fill the ramp with water to weigh it down, and fill the inflatable air cushions with air to keep things nice and safe.

2. H2OGO!’s DOUBLE SLIP 16FTslip n slide for kids

The Double Slide is €24.50, is 4.8 metres in length and ideal for kids aged 3+. This model has two separate lanes so two kids can slide together, and the ride ends with a little splash pool finish. In addition to the hose, the Double Slip N Slide has built-in sprinklers to make sure the two lanes are nice and slippery!

3. The H2OGO! TRIPLE WATER SLIP N SLIDE

Coming in at €31.99, the Triple Slide has the same length as the double, but it’s wider and has a larger splash pool to accommodate three kids at the same time.

Let’s Not Let Environmental Concerns Slide!

If wasting water or soaking your petunia bed are concerns, H20GO! have a neat little device to make sure your kids don’t end up wasting water and turning your garden into a marsh! It’s called the H20GO! Water Saver Timer, and it’s a simple, child-friendly pedal that runs the water continuously for 30-60 seconds at a time. The timer saves water by only running when the slide is used, helping the environment while covering for our kids’ lack of adherence to schedules and checklists!  It uses 4 AAA batteries (not included). The Water Saver costs €34.99 and is also available for pre-order.

If you have any questions about pre-ordering online, you can call us on 021 4965 132

inground trampolines

Inground Trampolines

Inground Trampolines offer an excellent compromise for those who want to keep a tidy outdoor space but want to maximise the fun and enjoyment. In-ground trampolines are also much easier to step onto than their regular counterparts. At Douglas Forest and Garden, we provide a range of BERG trampolines which are well-known for being one of the world’s best manufacturers of trampolines. Built to last, this range can put up with our Irish weather without much difficulty. Here a few of BERG’s best Inground trampolines starting with the lowest in cost.

BERG Inground Trampolines: The Favoritinground trampolines

The Favorit comes in five different sizes with an optional safety net, and so its price ranges from €229 to €679. While being the entry-level model, it’s still equipped with BERG’s GoldSpring Solo springs which are weather-resistant and incredibly robust. It has thick protective padding along its edge. Made from PVC on the upper and under layer, it’s built to last years. The optional safety net has a self-closing entrance to prevent people from stumbling through it accidentally. Though of course, as with any trampoline, children must be supervised at all times.  As with all the other models, BERG’s trampolines are UV resistant so that the sun doesn’t bleach or damage them as you typically get with other trampolines left outdoors for long periods. 

The BERG Champion

Ranging in price from €459 to €1,089, The Champion is a higher-end offering. Coming in four different sizes (9,11,12.5 and 14 feet) with the option of comfort or deluxe safety net, as well as BERG’s higher-end “Twinspring” gold weatherproof springing system, AirFlow jumping mat which reduces air pressure allowing for much higher jumping height and sturdy steel construction. Its PVC Padding is also thicker for extra safety.

The BERG Elite 

The Elite is a much bigger sized trampoline. Ranging from €839.00 – €1,409 and coming in 11ft, 12.5ft and 14ft, an arrangement of colours and two safety-net options (as well as a no safety net option). As with the Champion, the Elite has extra-thick PVC padding, the option for a higher quality safety net with self-closing entrance, and its TwinSpring GoldSpring technology is placed at an angle so that the increased area of the jumping mat doesn’t reduce its springiness.  The springs are also extra long to accommodate the larger jumping surface. 

If you’d like to find out more about our inground trampolines, feel free to call us today on 021 4965 132

hot tub maintenance

Hot Tub Maintenance Tips

Need a few hot tub maintenance tips? At Douglas Forest and Garden, we provide a range with some of the best hot tubs as well as accessories for maintaining your hot tub throughout spring and summer. Follow these guidelines to keep things pristine.

Hot Tub Maintenance: Keep your hot tub cover clean

Use some warm water and stain remover (or a little bit of bleach) to remove the mildew from the surface of your hot tub cover. Just be sure to use a minimal amount of bleach and rinse thoroughly afterwards. Wipe the inside of the cover once or twice a week at most. This will remove any mildew and accompanying odours.

Keep the hot tub – and its water – clean hot tub maintenance

Use a cleaner for your hot tub such as our range of hot tub cleaners. These effectively remove stains, algae and help clear the water. Or if you want you can also use white vinegar to clean around the jets and at the waterline to prevent staining and mildew, this is also very effective. Use the cleaning liquid, or about 5 or 6 jugs of vinegar added into the water to soak in the heated water for a couple of days to remove any build-up of slime that can occur during the periods when the hot tub is not in use. If you’re in an area with hard water, the cleaning fluid or vinegar can also remove the build-up around the filter and anywhere where the water is likely to accumulate. 

Drain and clean your tub every 3-4 for months, or more frequently if you use it every day. Think of it as a bathtub. You want to clean it regularly (and not use the same water the whole time). It’s essential to change the water frequently and also to shower before using it to reduce the build-up of grime.

Clean the filters

Remove and rinse the filters on the hot tub with a hose while you’re cleaning the hot tub. And be sure to keep cleaners on hand so that they’re always there and easy to use when you think of it. This will encourage you to maintain the hot tub as you’re using it, preventing the build-up of stubborn stains and keeping everything pleasant and enjoyable the whole time you’re using it. 

If you have any further questions about hot tub maintenance, call us on 021 4965 132.

side discharge tractor mowers

Side Discharge Tractor Mowers

Side discharge tractor mowers are often a more suitable choice for larger green areas that don’t necessarily require a perfect ‘manicured’ look, while still providing an excellent clean cut. At Douglas Forest and Garden, we stock one of the best ranges of ride-on lawnmowers in Ireland. We stock both Stihl and Cub Cadet tractor mowers. The Stihl range is great for domestic and commercial properties that require pickup, but for larger spaces that are more about maintenance than aesthetics, the Cub Cadet range is second to none.

Side Discharge VS Mulching

Using a side discharge tractor mower can sometimes offer a better cut quality when compared to mulching. When you’re cutting grass in a side discharge system, it’s shooting grass clippings out immediately. This means blade deck has the must suction to draw the blades of grass up towards the blades. This is important because, in general, you should aim to only cut 33% off the length of the grass at any one time. Cutting the grass in this way helps maintain lawn health, prevent damage and discolouration.  If you’re looking for a tidy lawn, it’s important to cut the grass regularly to prevent long clippings from getting shot out and making it look like you’re making bails. 

Side Discharge Tractor Mowersside discharge tractor mowers

Side discharge tractor mowers are often less prone to clogging, and because it tends to be more efficient, it allows for cutting larger areas with less hassle.  Mulching can put more strain on the engine as it’s cutting through more grass continuously. The already-cut clippings are still swirling around within the deck. Mulching also tends to clump up the grass a little more, so if it’s too long or the weather is damp or wet, it’s going to be more problematic to cut. The clumps can accumulate inside the deck and around the blade, which reduces the ‘suction’ action. This means that not only is it more prone to having issues, it’s also going to have a less even cut. This can be an essential factor for those who are looking for a more manicured look.

Cub Cadet’s range of side discharge mowers allows you to tackle large green areas that don’t require the added task of accumulating and dumping clippings. Used in this mode, it can handle many more extensive residential or agricultural areas. If you still want to use your tractor mower to attain a tidy finish, you can use the addition mulch kit and grass catcher accessories.  

For more information on our range of tractor mowers and equipment, contact us today on 021 4965 132

tow spreader

Tow Spreader: The Agri Fab Tow Broadcast Spreader

A tow spreader is useful for fertilising and applying pesticides to a large green area, as well as being a helpful way of gritting any private or publicly accessible properties that are prone to icing.  If you have a large domestic or commercial yard and you also have a ride-on lawnmower, you might benefit from the Agri Fab Tow Broadcast Spreader. Our range of Agri Fab Spreaders also come in hand-operated models, but this larger capacity, towed version of the Smart-Spreader has an extra-large 58kg hopper.

Agri-Fab Tow Spreadertow spreader

The Agri-Fab 58kg Tow Spreader comes with a universal hitch-pin so that it can be used with any ride-on or lawn-tractor, regardless of manufacturer.  The extra capacity makes it possible to cover an area of up to 7600 square metres on a single fill. Of course, this depends on your rate of spread and the type of material you’re spreading. Grit is not going to spread as far as fertiliser, for example.

To accommodate different spread material, reduce waste and get the right amounts in one pass, the tow spreader has an easy-to-use spread-flow control. This opens the flow plate in the hopper so that more or less medium can be spread. Your manual includes a simple table to help you determine the area of the space you’ll be spreading over. By calculating this with your average speed, you can decide which setting you’ll need to get the job done. 

In terms of build quality, the Agri-Fab 45-0463 Towed Spreader is sturdy and durable. It has a  fully-enclosed, commercial-grade gearbox built to last, a tubular steel frame and rust-free poly hooper. To work well with a tractor lawnmower, the tow spreader also features large pneumatic tyres. These improve the manoeuvrability and traction on rough or uneven terrain. 

When Using the Spreader

As with a pull spreader, you use a slight bit of overlap between passes to ensure an even spread. Be careful around trees and plants. Agri-Fab doesn’t recommend you use powdered chemicals as these don’t spread well compared with grit or regular fertiliser.  You can damage your grass by putting too much fertiliser in one area. To prevent this, you can soak the area thoroughly with a garden hose. 

For any questions about our spreaders, to make an order or for anything else, you can reach us on 021 4965 132.

Best Hot Tubs for 2020

Best Hot Tubs for 2020

What are the best hot tubs for 2020? While this depends on your planned setup and budget, we provide a range of portable Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs designed so you can quickly it set up during the times you want to get outdoors and enjoy a soak, and just-as-easily disassembled when you’re no longer using them. So for those of you who are not looking for a permanent structure, here is our list of the Best Hot Tubs for 2020.

Best Hot Tubs for 2020: The Lay-Z-Spa St MoritzBest Hot Tubs for 2020

The St Moritz Airjet Hot Tub is one of Lay-Z-Spa’s Mid-Range portable hot tubs. Currently reduced from €829 to €789, the St Mortiz can allow up to 7 adults to enjoy warm, bubbling water outdoors. The St Moritz has a maximum temperature of 40c in any weather, and 140 AirJet massage jets to help you relax and unwind. Including with the St Moritz is an energy-saving timer and integrated water filtration system, so that you don’t accidentally rack up an expensive electricity bill. The water filtration system keeps your water fresh for as long as you’d like to leave your hot tub outdoors. As with others in the Lay-Z-Spa range, the St Mortiz is built to last years. It uses a 3-ply reinforced Tritech material which offers strength and durability. The St Moritz uses a 2 kW heater and has a maximum capacity of 1190 litres. 

The Helsinki

When deciding on the best hot tubs for 2020, it’s important to consider the time of the year you plan to use it. The Helsinki is the best portable hot tub for outdoor use all year round. It is the only model in the range designed to work in cold temperatures. Using its Freeze Shield™ Technology for all-year use, you don’t have to worry about the system getting damaged by ice. If the temperature reaches a certain threshold, the system will activate, heating the water and essential components to prevent damage. This means you don’t need to take the hot tub indoors on colder nights – and you’re able to use this one even in the more glacial periods. 

We hope this gives you some idea of what’s available. While these are our two top picks, everyone’s needs are different. We encourage you to check out the full range of available hot tubs in Ireland with free shipping. 

Kids Bouncy Castle

A Kids Bouncy Castle With a Twist

A Kids bouncy castle never goes out of fashion. At Douglas Forest and Garden, we provide a whole range of kid’s outdoor play equipment. As we head towards spring, some great toys are available on early sale. In days of old, we had to have our parents haul us to a holiday park or abroad to enjoy a waterpark, but today you can recreate some of the fun of a water park in the garden.  H20GO produce advanced outdoor toys that combine the fun of an inflatable bouncy castle with a paddling pool. Here are their three offerings currently on sale:

H20GO! TURBO SPLASH Combining a Kids Bouncy Castle with a Water ParkKids Bouncy Castle

Reduced from €499 to €425 for a €70 saving, the Turbo Splash is H20GO!’s entry-level water park bouncy castle. All three models are easy to inflate in two minutes, the Turbo Splash has a curved slide with a climbing wall that gives you access, plus a large paddling pool area. It’s also fitted with a water gun. These three models are suitable for kids aged between 5-10 years old. After you’ve inflated the castle, you just need to fix it to the ground using the supplied stakes and it’s ready for action. The H20Go! is made from a durable PVC-coated polyester — it’s built to last for years.  

The H20GO! HURRICANE BLAST

The Hurrican Blast is reduced from €650 to €559 for over €90 savings. With a larger paddling pool area and a curbed slide with shower tunnel, this model can accommodate more kids for even more fun. The tunnel’s built-in shower system sprays you as you slide down.

H20GO! TSUNAMI WAVES Kids Bouncy Castle

The most expensive in the range of kids bouncy castles, reduced from €699 to €599 for a saving of €100, the Tsunami Waves has two slides, a water blaster gun, and a bucket that dumps water to keep the slide wet and slippery. It also comes with a basketball hoop and basketball and a spray tunnel!

Honourable Mention For Older Kids and Adults: EXIT Swimming Pools

We also have EXIT Swimming Pools in stock this year. Kids aged 6+ and adults will love this. The EXIT Wood Pool 300cm x 70cm is the entry-level model costing €175.00. This comes with a filter pump to keep the water aerated and clean, with natural design to fit in with your garden space and a sturdy frame, it can look great in any garden. 

You can view our full range of outdoor pools, and if you have any questions you can reach us on 021 4965 132.

BERG Electric Go-Karts

BERG Electric Go-Karts: The Extra Blue

BERG Electric Go-Karts are known for their incredible durability and re-usability. BERG’s line of outdoor toys and equipment are unparalleled, we’re also proud carriers of their world-renowned trampolines, and we also stock their range of non-electric Go-Karts. When it comes to Go-Karts, BERG has almost three decades’ worth of experience under their belt. They recently began producing Electric Go-karts under the BFR Range, and the Extra Blue is their newest in this range. Here’s what makes the BERG Extra Blue E-BFR a great choice.

BERG Electric Go-Karts: The Extra Blue E-BFRBERG Electric Go-Karts

The Extra Blue comes with a two-year warranty and is suitable for kids from ages five and up. Though of course, it’s recommended that an adult accompanies kids under 12 at all times. As with most of BERG’s range, it has a smooth riding experience with pneumatic tyres. The tyres are attached to a swing axel, a type of independent suspension which reacts to irregularities, bumps and cracks on a surface so that you can experience a smoother ride. 

BERG’s full range of Go-Karts can accommodate children of all ages and sizes. The BERG XXL Frame is suitable for tall people to allow for years of fun. As your kid grows, they can continue using the Go-Kart. You can adjust the seat into eight different positions. Find the ideal position for you in the go-kart so you can reach the pedals at all time, then get back to tearing around without a care in the world! 

It also uses coaster brakes. Like the old school bicycles, you can stop simply by reversing slightly on the pedals.  This provides a much more effective and comfortable method for braking. It also includes a parking brake. In terms of appearance, it has reflector mudguards which protect you from mud and water splashes.  It can also attach to BERG Go-Kart accessories, including a trailer, second seat or flashing lights.

Like all BERG Electric Go-Karts, this should not be used on public roads or in public spaces. The BERG E-Go-kart also comes with an electric motor for pedal support. The 24V/240Wh battery is removable so that it’s easy to charge.

If you’d like to order the BERG Big Blue E-BRF (or try it out), call us today on 021 4965 132

Garden scarifiers

Garden Scarifiers: How To Maintain Your Lawn

Garden scarifiers can help with three problems that might affect your lawn: grass thatching, moss, and lack of aeration. A scarifier, like the Stihl RL 540, works by digging up debris and dead matter, bringing air and water flow back to the roots of your lawn so that it can flourish.  You’ll be amazed by the amount of dead matter that a garden scarifier will bring to the surface. It picks up moss and thatch but leaves the grass intact. 

Garden Scarifiers: What is Lawn ThatchGarden scarifiers

Lawn thatch is commonly believed to be the discolouring on the surface of the grass. In fact, it’s a layer of dead grass which clumps and solidifies an area of turn. When rain falls, thatch acts like a sponge and soaks up water without the water getting to the roots. If you use fertilisers, thatching will also prevent nutrients from getting to the roots. As a result, grass suffers, and by summer, the grass will discolour and eventually die when the thatching becomes too thick.

De-thatching and aerating

We’ve all had the experience of leaving a garden unattended for a few months only to find it develops thick clumps of moss and thatch. Moss has very similar effects to your lawn, so keeping it under control is essential for maintaining a great looking yard. Aside from using a scarifier, if you have a tractor mower you can also aerate your lawn using a Lawn Aerator.

A garden lawn might look okay other than some areas that look slightly matted or discoloured. These indicate where thatching or moss is causing a problem. These are areas where, under the surface, lie large masses of thick, dead grass. This will build up over time, cutting off oxygen and water from the soil and roots and eventually killing the grass. 

After you’ve passed over the area with the scarifier, you’ll have a substantial volume of matter which you can rake up. You should find your grass otherwise healthy and unscathed, and once it heals up, you’ll find the garden begins to flourish once again.

You can view our other lawn care tools here. For further questions, or to order online, you can contact us today on 021 4965 132.

Oxboard Hoverboards

We’re proud to introduce Oxboard hoverboards, cutting edge hoverboard technology from Holland. These are well built to make travelling and performing stunts safer, smoother and more enjoyable. And unlike most boards, they come with a two-year warranty. 

Oxboard Hoverboards: The PRO

The Oxboard PRO hoverboard is built with quality and fun in mind. Controlled using your feet to drive the hoverboard back and forth, it is also possible to rotate it a full 360 degrees. The PRO uses the TAO motherboard to ensure that the gyroscopic balancing motors are working well at all times to increase safety and improve the sense of smoothness and fun. The PRO is also equipped with a Samsung 4.4 Ah battery. This is cutting edge battery technology which allows you to enjoy long-distance travel of up to 15-20 kilometres on a single charge. Thanks to this charging technology, charging only takes about 3 hours. 

The Remote

One of the biggest issues with hoverboards is that they’re bulky, so you can’t carry them around with you everywhere. This means that when you call into a shop you might have to leave the board outside where it can be stolen. The Oxboard PRO also comes with a remote, which can lock the board making it unusable by anyone else.

The remote also increases the usability of the board. By default, the board is in Beginner mode where it is smoother and safer and a little slower. But once you’re comfortable with using the board, with a touch of the remote you can seamlessly switch from beginner mode to expert mode, where you can now move and turn faster and do more tricks. 

The Oxboard had 6.5-inch wheels which are made of a strong rubber to reduce wear and tear. They’re also able to handle cracked and bumpy pavement very well compared to lower quality competitors. The build of the board includes strong rubber bumpers for extra protection from scuffs and impacts during use. In addition to the board and remote, the PRO comes with a 220V charger, instruction booklet. Remember to always wear protective clothing with these — especially when you’re starting off!

View our full range of hoverboards. For orders or inquiries please contact us on 021 4965 132.

hovershoes

Hovershoes: The Oxboard Blades

Hovershoes are a lot of fun. The Oxboard blades are very similar to hoverboards. They’re a tonne of fun for the whole family. The main difference is that each foot can operate independently. This makes it more difficult to pick up but it also makes it a lot more fun. Still, if you’ve ever tried a hoverboard it’ll feel familiar. With Oxboard blades, you also have the option to link them together and use it like a hoverboard.

Oxboard ‘Blades’ Hovershoes

You can compare Oxboard blades to rollerblades, but where you never have to lift your foot off the ground. There’s a much steeper learning curve with blades compared with hoverboards, but it’s something that kids will pick up really quickly.

Oxboard’s blades and hoverboards are well built and highly durable. They’re also water-resistant which means they’re safe to use on wet days.  Blades (AKA hover shoes) are easier to store in your backpack which can be useful if you plan to use them for commuting. 

In terms of speed, these hovershoes can reach up to 8kmph. They have a maximum range of 10km per charge, and they can be charged within a few hours. They have a built-in readout so you can tell when you need to recharge them (and also avoid going out the door with blades that haven’t been fully charged and end up cutting out on you after a few metres!). 

In terms of weight, they can handle larger people up to 128kgs or 20 stone. It’s best to familiarise yourself with this on a carpeted space while you get used to it, and protective gear should always be worn for safety. 

Oxboard Blades VS Hoverboards

The main disadvantage of hovershoes over hoverboards are the maximum distance and speed. While the Oxboard PRO can travel 15-20km on a single charge and reach speeds of up to 15km per hour, the hovershoes have a maximum speed of 8km per hour and a maximum distance of 10km per charge. This is not a problem if you plan to use the hovershoes purely for tricks and playing around near home, but it might be a disadvantage for those seeking to use this as a means of transport. 

If you’d like to find out more about our hoverboards or free shipping to anywhere in Ireland, contact us today on 021 4965 132

electric garden shears

Electric Garden Shears: The STIHL HSA 25

Electric Garden Shears are growing in popularity. We provide a full range of STIHL electric garden tools, which can be used interchangeably with STIHL’s full range of battery packs and chargers. This provides you with a full range of cordless garden tools for around the garden and yard.  When you’re using a regular large two-stroke hedge trimmer, it can be very tricky manoeuvring it around the garden. Especially when cutting thick, woody hedging and you end up cutting pieces you don’t plan to. You have to be careful as you can do a great deal of damage to your hedging.

Electric Garden Shears: The STIHL HSA 25electric garden shears

The STIHL HSA 25 is an electric hand-held hedge trimmer which is very small, compact and far more manoeuvrable than your standard device. It works really well for contouring and sculpting trees and bushes. This allows you to do quality levels of trimming with high precision. 

The Blades

The Shear blades are laser cut and diamond ground. They branch to a diameter of 8milimetres and work at a speed of 2,000 strokes per minute. The blades counter-rotate which reduces vibration and improve handling. There is also a separate blade for trimming grass for those difficult-to-catch pieces that your lawnmower can’t get to. This is also great when you have grass growing in the sides and corners of your beds and growing boxes. It weights .6kg, making it significantly lighter than your typical large hedge trimmers.  It’s quite light giving it an excellent power to weight ratio. 

Its 10.8V motor will give you almost 110 minutes, or nearly hours of continuous runtime on one charge.  While the battery takes 3-5 hours for a full charge, you can purchase one of STIHL’s batteries to swap if you believe you may take longer to complete your work. The battery is straightforward to swap in and out.

In the HSA 25, each blade moves rather than just one. These are perfect for maintaining shrubs and bushes on residential and smaller properties. The trigger is operated using two or three fingers, making the handling easy. Be sure to keep your free hand away from the blades while in use! 

If you have any further questions about electric garden shears or any of our other STIHL battery-powered tools, you can reach us any time on 021 4965132

Electric Lawnmowers

Stihl’s Electric Lawnmowers: The 448 TC

Electric Lawnmowers are growing in popularity as the battery technology improves. Stihl provides a growing range of battery-powered garden tools, and this includes battery-powered lawnmowers. These batteries can be used interchangeably with all of Stihl’s cordless electric range. Today we’d like to go over one of STIHL’s flagship cordless lawnmowers

The RMA 448 TC is suitable for more extensive lawns of up to 500m2. This can be done with one fully charged 36v lithium-ion battery. These mean there’s no need for cables, giving you full freedom.  The 448 TC mower has two battery slots. One slot powers the machine and the other is there to be quickly swapped out if you need it. If you don’t already have a Stihl battery pack, you can purchase the 448 TC with an AP300 battery and AL300 Quick Charging dock. The AP300 battery is STIHL’s most powerful handheld battery. Designed for larger jobs, it has an integrated LED charge indicator, so you know when the battery needs charging. The battery weighs 1.8kg and stores 227 Wh of energy, working optimally in temperatures between 5 and 40c — perfect for our Irish climate. The handlebar is adjustable in height and angle without the use of tools. It’s also retractable for when you want to put it in storage. The height of the deck is also adjustable using the built-in lever. You can change it between 25-75mm. 

Electric Lawnmowers: CuttingElectric Lawnmowers

The cutting blades have a cutting width of 46cm. They are designed to use air pressure to lift the grass upright before cutting to give a more even and complete cut. The air then blows the grass into the box, which can store up to 55l of grass. There’s a built-in grass level indicator, so you know when it’s full. It’s effortless to empty, with the entire box being removable and the top ‘lid’ opening out fully. 

A mulcher is also available as an add-on if you prefer to use the grass clippings to keep your lawn fertilised (while doing away with the need to dump the grass cuttings). The RMA 448 also has a wheel drive to assist with slopes and difficult areas. There is also an ‘eco-mode’ to regulate the cutting speed to preserve battery life and get more from each choice. 

You can view the rest of our STIHL battery garden tool range, and if you have any questions you can contact us on 021 4965 132