Redbands: The best quality gumboots for the farm, for the home and for Winter!

When it comes to gumboots, you can’t do better than Redbands. Since their creation in 1958, these iconic boots have graced the feet of many New Zealanders. Their quality and hard-wearing reputation have stood the test of time. As Fred Dag famously sang, “If it weren’t for your gumboots, where would ya be?”

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Browse Red Bands in our online shop…

Wet Weather Non-Slip Gumboots

As the ground gets wetter, other footwear can become impractical. Even walking out to the washing line can be a muddy affair! Most of us reach for a pair of gumboots at this time of year, but not all gumboots are alike. Many, cheaper gumboots have shallow treads which can be dangerous on wet ground. Redbands are the best option as their deep tread means they are less likely to slip and slide in the mud.

red-bands-holeproofOut on the Farm Gumboots

Redbands were designed for hard-wearing, daily activities. Their shorter length, rather than just up above the knee, provides freer range of movement for strenuous farming-related tasks.

Gumboots for the School Run

On rainy winter days, the school run can become a soggy affair. Getting in and out of the car, dropping kids off or picking them up, ordinary footwear quickly becomes soaked, cold and uncomfortable. The solution is simple – throw on a pair of Redbands and you will not only stay warm and dry, you’ll be part of a great Kiwi heritage!

gumboot_childrensHard-wearing Gumboots for Kids

Do you have a kid who’s always outside? Are you sick of having to buy endless pairs of outdoor footwear, because they’re constantly getting trashed? Did you know that Redbands have a kids’ range of gumboots? Arnold Franks stock the Redband kids’ range with sizes all the way down to 3-year- old size! So, if you have an active, outdoor kid, a pair of Redbands is essential. They can stand up to any treatment a kid can throw at them!

diy gumboot rackGumboot storage

If you’re fed up with gumboots strewn across the back deck, caked in mud and in the way, gumboot racks are an invaluable solution. If you’re a crafty or handy person, why not knock up a DIY gumboot rack and scraper? This handy contraption will not only ensure that uninvited critters stay out of your Redbands, it will also help keep boots clean with the scraper and keep them up out of the way.

View this DIY gumboot rack and scraper tutorial…

Best Quality Gumboots

Get the whole family fitted out with Redbands for Winter this year – pop on in to Arnold Franks today. We have a pair of Redbands for every Kiwi.

Essential Garden Tools: The Arnold Franks TOP TWO List!

When it comes to working outdoors, you’ll find garden tools for every possible use – but are they all really necessary?

Or are you simply filling your garden shed with more clutter than a back-street jumble sale? We take a look at a few of the items you really need in your shed this season, and we offer our top two for quality and price!

Spades and rakes, rakes and spades

Ah yes – the humble spade and rake combo. No kiwi garden can survive without them, and they’re prolific in any warehouse or garden store worth it’s salt. But which ones to choose? Here are our top two tried and true quality spades and rakes that won’t let you down.

  1. Xcel RakeXCEL 14 Tooth Rake

This is a great basic rake that just gets the job done and will go the distance without a fuss. There are no bells and whistles, but you won’t be rushing off to buy a new rake in a year’s time either. This is a well-known and trusted brand, and we’ve never had a customer return one yet!

  1. Xcel SpadeXCEL Forged Steel Garden Spade

The forged steel makes this spade strong, reliable and attractive, while the comfortable D-handle offers a soft yet heavy-duty grip. We love the fact that this spade is perfect for most garden uses, yet carries a price tag that makes it affordable for all. A great buy!

Hose it down

What’s a garden without water? We all need a good hose in our lives, and to be honest with a hose you usually get what you pay for! Here’s our choice for the top 2 hoses in store: they’re a great deal, and they’re built to last!

  1. Helix-pro-series-20mtr-500x650Superflex 12mm x 30m

This hose will keep your garden watered for many years to come. It’s excellent UV resistance will shelter it from the harshest rays, and the PVC/Polyester yarn blend gives it a high tensile strength you need to see to believe.

  1. Pro Series Helix Ultra Coil 20m

The King Kong of garden hoses, this baby is self-retracting, with a handy lock & rewind mechanism that makes watering less of a strain on the arms! It’s mounted in a weather-resistant fully UV stabilised case, which comes with an optional 180 degree swivel mount. If you love your garden, this is the hose for you!

Wheelbarrows, the gardener’s delight

Take the strain off your back and the weeds away from your garden with the good old kiwi wheelbarrow! You’ll never know how much you rely on them until your trusty barrow breaks down – so here are the top 2 picks from our hard-wearing stock!

  1. wheelbarrow-contractor02Greens Poly Contractor Wheelbarrow

Don’t let the name fool you, this is may be a heavy-duty wheelbarrow, but it’s so light and easy to handle that it makes an ideal garden barrow too. It’s simply built to contractor standard – which is a good thing in anyone’s books!

  1. Greens Ezipour Wheelbarrow

This is a fantastic addition to your gardening toolbox: it’s a standard-tray wheelbarrow with one distinct feature: the ezi-pour lip. What a difference this makes when tipping out dirt, sand, or debris! Try it for yourself, you’ll be amazed!

So there you have it, the Arnold Franks TOP TWO for essential garden tools! We’ve personally tried every single one of these products, and we stand by every tool we sell, so you can be sure that when you buy with Arnold Franks, you’re buying with confidence.

On Ya’ Arnold!

Extend the Life of your Garden Hose: 3 handy hints!

Whether you’re in the market for a new garden hose, or whether you’d simply like to show your trusty old hose a bit of love, we’ve put together our top 3 tips for extending the life of your most-used garden accessory: the faithful kiwi garden hose!

1. Invest in a Hose Storage System!

helix ultra coil hoseYes, we know. You’ve just bought a hose – now we’re saying you need to spend MORE money? Surely not! Unfortunately, that is indeed the case. Unless you’ve decided to invest in a self-retracting hose such as the Pro-Series Helix Ultra Coil (in which case, hats off to you, that’s one fantastic purchase!) you will certainly be needing some form of hose reel or caddy system to manage those unruly coils. While we understand that many people simply loop their hose coils over the outdoor tap, or are more than happy to push their hose under the deck, the reality is that this can significantly increase the risk of damage to the hose integrity.

Lawn mowers, dogs, children playing, cars, garden shears and even the thoughtless placement of outdoor furniture – there are many ways your humble hose can be damaged in the average kiwi backyard.

Don’t let your hose become a statistic – invest in a free-standing reel or wall-mounted storage system today!

2. Keep your Hose in the Shade

This might seem like common sense, however many people seem to forget that the sun moves… and what may seem like a shady resting spot for your watering buddy will in fact become a blistering oven in the afternoon! You may never even notice, however your hose’s longevity will be severely affected by repeated and prolonged exposure to our harsh southern hemisphere sunlight.

Of course, even hoses nicely stored on a reel can be weathered by the sun, so be sure to place any free-standing or uncovered reel storage systems as far in the shade as possible. Rubber hoses are more resistant to our strong UV rays than the cheaper vinyl ones, but the trade-off is that rubber is more expensive, and a lot heavier!

A good middle option is a vinyl-rubber mix, combining the lightness of the vinyl with the more durable aspects of the rubber. You’ll also find them easier on your wallet – always welcome news!

3. A Kink-Free Hose is a Happy Hose

Kinked Garden HoseIt’s so easy to unknowingly kink your garden hose – whether through poor storage, mishandling, or accident, a kink here and there is sure to occur. It’s not the worst thing that can happen to your hose, however it can reduce the lifespan significantly should it become a regular occurrence!

One of the most common kinking moments is when water flow needs to be stopped urgently – for this reason, we strongly suggest investing in a good quality hose nozzle, allowing you to stop your water flow immediately, without resorting to the hose-damaging kink! We also suggest coiling your hose while full of water, as this can help to avoid kinks forming while stored.

For more handy hose hints, and for all your gardening accessories, ask the friendly team at Arnold Franks – ready to help and always on hand!

Which Sprinkler? Make it easy with the Arnold Franks Sprinkler Guide!

Buying sprinklers can be confusing. Let’s be honest – who here really knows the difference between a pop-up sprinkler head and a micro jet?

And do any of us understand the difference in spray coverage required for lawns vs orchards or vegetable gardens? It’s a lot to take in – but here at Arnold Franks, we like to make things as simple as possible, so we’ve put together this handy Sprinkler Guide to help you out.

Sprinkler TypePurposeBest LocationProducts
IMPACTAn impact sprinkler will throw water across bigger distances, while also offering your vegetation a larger volume of water to keep them green.The sheer power of these sprinklers makes them ideal for paddocks and pastoral irrigation, where a wider reach is needed.Eg. RC172 Single Nozzle or Toro Rainspray
MINIThe mini sprinkler is fully compensating, which means it gives a specific flow irrespective of the water pressure.They’re best used for young trees or orchards, where their reach of 4 to 6 metres is perfect. They come with a range limiter, which can be easily removed to increase their reach.Eg. Netafim Supernet
MICRO JETA micro jet will give off a fine spray across a very small diameter, from 40 right through to 360 degrees of range.This makes a micro jet perfect for the home vegie garden, flower beds, small shrub borders and the like.Eg. Antelco (instore only)
POP UPPop ups are a popular choice for the very reason that they pop up out of the ground, allowing lawns to be mowed without interference or the trouble of moving irrigation equipment.The pop up range is perfect for lawns, and they match precipitation at 12mls per hour.Eg. MP 1000 Rotator
MISTERMisters are, as the name suggests, very fine misting sprinklers designed to keep greenery moist.Perfect for indoor settings such as greenhouses and glasshouses, these will maintain an even, moist setting for propagating seedlings – just don’t place them anywhere with wind, as the fine mist won’t even make it to the ground!Instore only
DRIPPERDrippers offer point source irrigation for specific plants. These are highly water-efficient, and are perfect for orchards where specific trees or shrubs may need constant care.Certain fruiting orchards such as kiwifruit or vineyards in particular would benefit from this product.Eg. CETA Compensating Dripper

Shop for sprinklers online or come in to Arnold Franks and get our advice on the best sprinkler for your needs.