Power your way to a neat lawn
Hannah Stephenson selects three essential tools to keep everything in tip-top order
Here are my top three tools to help you keeping your lawn looking its best all year round:
1. A suitable mower
Petrol types tend to be better for lawns over 150 square metres but for me, the battery types are the way to go. Among the best is the Bosch Rotak 43 Li Ergoflex (£349.99 without battery and charger, bosch-garden.com) which will mow for up to around 55 minutes before it needs recharging, It’s light and yet has a 50-litre grass box for greater capacity, grass combs which mow the lawn right up to the edge.
2. Lawn edging shears
You may have the grass beautifully mown, but smart edges make all the difference to the look and will also show your borders off to better effect. Choose good quality shears like the RHS-endorsed lawn edging shears from Burgon & Ball (£39.99, burgonandball.com), which are lightweight with comfortable rubber handles, while the blades are made of hardened and tempered high carbon steel. Alternatively, you can buy lawn shears with adjustable blades, rotating 180 degrees so they can work as both lawn or edging shears.
A good bet is Spear & Jackson’s Razorsharp Advance Multi Shears (£37.99, spear-and-jackson.com), which have carbon steel blades operated by squeezing a single handle.
You can buy an electric strimmer for under £30 but for those with bigger areas you may opt for the more robust EGO Power Plus Multi-Tool’s cordless line trimmer (£79.99, attachment only, EGO, egopowerplus.co.uk). It’s one of five tools which fits on the Ego Multi-Tool Power Head (£199) and you’d need to buy the battery (£84.99) and charger (from £49) as well.