Pick power tools that make life in the garden easier
The most important thing is to choose a hedge trimmer that is not too heavy to hold and is well balanced.
The next factor is the size of the branches that you will use it on.
Will you need to cut through thick branches or just trim new leaf growth? If there is significant cutting involved, you will need a more powerful model.
Generally speaking, models with larger tooth gaps are more suitable for heavy-duty hedging.
One of the key functions to look for is a hedge trimmer with a wraparound front handle with multiple switches that make it easy to change from cutting horizontally to vertically.
Vertical edging is easier if the trimmer has a rotating head.
Being a dangerous weapon, also look for a hand guard that helps prevent debris being thrown back towards the user. My picks: Shindaiwa DH2200ST hedge trimmer — this is one of the lightest and most ergonomically designed petrol-driven trimmers with low displacement and weight.
Stihl HSA 66 cordless hedge trimmer — a quiet trimmer with an optimised cutter bar and long battery life. Great for those that need a lighter-weight machine.
You either love or hate mowing lawn. Most people think of it as a chore but I find it relaxing and love the smell of freshly cut lawn.
A good mower suited to your needs will make mowing a pleasure rather then a chore.
These days there are manual, electric and petrol mowers to choose from, each with advantages and disadvantages.
Choosing the right one depends on your level of physical fitness and the size of the lawn, rather than the cost.
Always measure the width of your access way before purchasing a mower; I have seen many a new build that has not allowed adequate space to get a mower or a wheelbarrow down the back of the block. My picks: Victa 675EXi Series — power without the weight. This model even has mag wheels that are bigger, to make mowing easier. It also has a Briggs and Stratton engine with a quad blade cutting system, a mulching disc, and ReadyStart technology.
Masport 675EXi — has all of the above features with the ReadyStart technology and a heavy-duty aluminium non-rust chassis.
All products mentioned are readily available from retailers such as Bunnings, Home Hardware and Mitre 10.
Gardening expert Sabrina Hahn knows what’s what when it comes to tools.