Wheelbarrow Buyers Guide

Written by David Howlett

This guide has been written to help you makerepparttar right choice when buying a wheelbarrow inrepparttar 134931 UK. Inrepparttar 134932 UK currently there are at least 30 different types of wheelbarrow, fromrepparttar 134933 basic garden barrow to a sophisticated battery powered motorised wheelbarrow.

There are also numerous manufactures both at home and abroad and of course a vast range of models to choose from. And all with different prices and specification. This guide is an attempt to give you a little more understanding ofrepparttar 134934 range of wheelbarrows available and help you decide which is best.


Chuko Liang (181-234 A.D.) is considered to have inventedrepparttar 134935 wheelbarrow as a way to move injured soldiers from battle. The wheelbarrow did not exist in Europe beforerepparttar 134936 eleventh or twelfth century (earliest depiction is in Chartres Cathedral).

Wheelbarrow design has not really changed much in almost a thousand years. James Dyson inventor ofrepparttar 134937 cyclone vacuum cleaner developedrepparttar 134938 ballbarrow marrying suburban kitsch with ease of use. Much more recently America car giant Daimler Chrysler has developed an innovative range of wheelbarrows featuring flat-free tyres, long-life wheel bearing and longer handles for easier lifting.

Types of wheelbarrow

Wheelbarrows can be characterised into several different types dependent on repparttar 134939 likely use forrepparttar 134940 barrow. These types or categories include:

The Basic garden wheelbarrow

Nurseries & Professional Gardeners

Builders Construction Wheelbarrow

Dual Wheeled Wheelbarrows and Carts

Speciality Wheelbarrows 15 - 550

The Basic Garden Wheelbarrow 20 - 60

This is probablyrepparttar 134941 most common type of wheelbarrow and range from ones that are extremely lightweight and flimsy to wheelbarrows that are extremely well made and designed from many years service. Prices range from around 20 up to 60 and like everything in life you pay for what you get. The Jeep Mini is a good quality garden wheelbarrow atrepparttar 134942 upper end ofrepparttar 134943 market but is well made and designed for longer life with features such as oil impregnated wheel bushing and powder coated baked on paint.

Visit any out of town DIY superstore and you will find plenty of choice atrepparttar 134944 cheaper end ofrepparttar 134945 market with prices from as little as 15 althoughrepparttar 134946 quality may be poor and so unlikely to last very long.

Nurseries & Professional Gardeners

Wheelbarrows in this category tend to be of much better quality and designed for a much longer life. The tubs are usually polyethylene rather than plastic for longer life. The steel used inrepparttar 134947 frame and construction tends to be good quality and is galvanised or powder coated to protect against rust.

A typical example of this type of barrow isrepparttar 134948 Big Bertha from Jeep and sold by Gardenmania.

The Big Bertha has a long life polyethylene tub, easy-lift handlebars with soft grips and guaranteed for five years. It also has flat-free tyres guaranteed forrepparttar 134949 life ofrepparttar 134950 wheelbarrow.

Perennials in the Flower Garden

Written by Sandra Dinkins-Wilson

Perennials arerepparttar basic flowers of any flower garden. To many people, a flower garden is simply beds of perennials. Each year they die and renew themselves forrepparttar 123194 next growing season. They can be long-lived and last for many seasons. However, care must be taken forrepparttar 123195 rapid growers which may smother less vigorous flowers. Perennials such asrepparttar 123196 iris and shasta daisies must be divided or transplanted every few years to prevent this from happening. This is a simple process which we will cover in another article.

Historically, perennials are among our oldest plants. They have been cultivated for centuries and can bear little to no resemblance to their wild antecedents. In some perennials,repparttar 123197 blossoms have become so specialized through centuries of cultivation that they no longer grow 'seeds'. Indeed most perennials reproduce by sending up new plants fromrepparttar 123198 base ofrepparttar 123199 old one which is whyrepparttar 123200 dividing process spoken of earlier must take place at intervals.

Another supposed disadvantage isrepparttar 123201 tendency of certain perennials to die down after flowering, thereby leaving gaps inrepparttar 123202 garden. There are a number of ways to solve this problem andrepparttar 123203 resultant spaces. One way is to intersperse perennials with annuals and other flowering plants, whose bloom occurs either later or earlier than that ofrepparttar 123204 perennials. Instead of being a disadvantage, think of this as an opportunity to phase in more flowering plants into your garden design.

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