6. Griffin Evolve wireless sound system - £280

No summer barbecue is complete without some sounds to make you sizzle - which is where the Griffin Evolve comes in.

Designed to work with all kinds of iPod as well as other MP3 players, it comprises a base station with rechargeable battery-powered speakers that you can place up to 150 metres away - making them ideal for the garden.

Griffin evolve wireless sound system

The base station handily charges both the speakers and your iPod, and you can even use multiple systems - the speakers automatically recognise which system they're partnered with and so won't cause interference with others.

7. Toro 3-in-1 Recycler Mower - £160

A cut above your average lawnmower, the Toro 3-in-1 recycler gives you the choice of either spinning the cuttings in to a regular grass bag, or chewing them up and spitting them out as a mulch.

Flick the switch on the adjustable handle to Recycling and the Toro finely chops up cuttings before returning them deep into the grass - something that not only keeps them out of sight, but can help feed your lawn as well.

Toro 3-in-1 recycler mower

The Toro comes with a powerful 1400W electric motor, 41cm cutting blade and easy cut height adjustment. It also includes a 40-litre grass bag and clip-on roller for that striped effect.

8. PLM UniLED square solar tiles - £55 each

You don't have to be an expert electrician to get great lighting in your garden - as these PLM square solar tiles prove.

More capable and robust that many of the cheapo solutions you find in your local DIY shack, these lights come in a range of colours for stunning night lighting effects and are super easy to install in a patio or on your drive.

PLM uniled square solar tiles

Made from clear polycarbonate, the lights contain a Ni-MH cell with a average life of 5 years, or can last for 10 years if married with a capacitive discharge cell.

They automagically light up at dusk and should have enough juice to last for 8 hours - great then for that all-night garden party.

9. Black & Decker GKC1817 cordless chainsaw - £90

Favoured by lumberjacks and amateur horror film makers, the Black & Decker GKC1817 Cordless Chainsaw comes with a 16cm blade and an interchangeable 18v battery pack that's good for up to 150 3.5cm cuts between recharges.

Its compact design and 2.8kg weight also make it incredibly easy to wield.

Black and decker gkc1817 cordless chainsaw

10. Husqvarna Automower Solar Hybrid - £2,000

The ultimate geek gardening gadget. The Husqvarna Automower Solar Hybrid is a completely autonomous robot mower with its own built in solar panel, enabling it to recharge itself when not in use.

The Automower comes with built-in guide wires and large coarse-treaded wheels that enable it to cross unusual lawn shapes and uneven terrain. A large single knob make its easy to adjust the cut height, and the Automower is equipped with three rotating blades for a great quality finish.

Husqvarna automower solar hybrid

Other goodies include built-in anti-theft protection, a built-in Ni-MH battery that's good for 90 minutes of mowing on a 45 minute charge using the supplied charging station.

You may also want to check out the €4,000 (£3,539) Automower 260 CX. Designed for bigger lawns, this beauty can send you SMS texts if it gets disturbed.

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