Power your way to a neat lawn

Han­nah Stephen­son se­lects three es­sen­tial tools to keep ev­ery­thing in tip-top or­der

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - GARDENING AND PETS -

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.

3. Strim­mer

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.

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