Choosing the Right Gardening Tools for Your Garden (And You)

Gardening and landscaping can be a daunting prospect for gardeners of any aptitude. Be it trimming a hedge, mowing a lawn, or moving into your new house to discover a jungle in the backyard. Not only that, but the sheer amount of tools available in stores and online can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time; on the one hand you want to ensure you have all the tools you need to make your job as easy as possible, but you’re also unsure of if it’s worth spending all that money for something you’ll only use once.

This article will guide you through some of the most common equipment available, and which ones are the most suitable for your needs.

Mowing the lawn

This is by far one of the most common and yet loathed tasks. Cut too often and you’re left with a garden that looks bare and patchy, don’t cut often enough and you’ll be struggling to wade through the dense vegetation.

The first thing you’ll want to look out for is a mower that allows you to adjust the cutting height. This is important if you have areas of grass that get worn out quickly and so need to be left a bit longer than the rest of the lawn. You’ll also want to consider the size of your lawn; if it’s small and low maintenance then an electric mains powered mower will suffice, or even a battery-operated cordless mower. However if you have a larger garden then a petrol mower will allow you to mow for hours without the need to recharge or worry about running out of extension cabling.

If you have an especially large garden or piece of land, or you have mobility issues that would make it a struggle to push a mower, then a ride-on lawn mower is an excellent option. Romwy sells a wide range of ride-on mowers to suit all budgets, including day hires for the odd jobs.

Are you looking for something a bit more space-age? We sell a range of robotic mowers that allow you to sit back and relax whilst the machine uses its intelligent system to maintain your lawn without you having to lift a finger.

For the edges of your lawn, strimmers are a good option. These lightweight tools allow you to perfectly cut your borders without having to bend down and cause undue stress to your back.

Cutting the hedges

The next most ubiquitous job on every green-finger’s list is cutting the hedge. You are also having to contend with the type of hedging material like conifers and evergreens, which pose their own series of difficulties.

Similarly with the mowers you can purchase hedgecutters that are either mains operated, cordless, or petrol operated. For hedges that require a sprucing up but aren’t laden with thick branches then a mains operated cutter will do the job. The downside to an electric trimmer is that working with a wire dangling close to your cutter could be a potential health and safety hazard so it’s best to ensure you have the cord somewhere where it can’t be accidentally cut.

Cordless trimmers are a great versatile option that allows you to cut without the restriction of cables, and isn’t as costly to operate as petrol trimmers that require yearly maintenance (and of course, expensive petrol). The battery life can vary and you won’t be looking at working any longer than an hour at a time, so it’s worth taking that into account for bigger jobs. Extra batteries can be purchased to make it easy to swap out halfway through.

Petrol trimmers are by far the most powerful of hedgecutters, allowing you to breeze through thick branches and foliage with ease. The downsides to using petrol trimmers is that it can be noisy as well as heavy, which means that if you have difficulty carrying heavy items for long periods of time, this might not be the tool for you.

You’ll want to consider the height of your hedge; compact cutters are great for small or medium height hedges, but if you have a large hedge, you’ll want something longer like the Mitox SP Select hedgetrimmer to ensure you can access those hard to reach areas.

As a note – it’s worth checking your hedging for signs of wildlife. The springtime will see many birds taking up residence ahead of producing a clutch, so keep an eye out to see if you notice any birds or other creatures going back and forth into your hedging before undertaking any cutting.

For other difficult tasks

If you’re struggling to remove the thickest and most stubborn of branches, or you have logging tasks that need the extra power, then we recommend buying a chainsaw. Whilst heavier than hedgecutters, their adjustable handle means you can change your holding position to avoid any strain to your arms and hands. They also make light work of splitting logs – something that can’t be done with lightweight tools.

These are just some of the more common items that gardeners frequently use. At Romwy, we supply a range of garden machinery including an extensive range of British-made equipment. Other items available include blowers & vacs, rotavators, log splitters, and tractors. If you have any questions or would like to enquire about something you don’t see on our website, feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to help!