Garden Power Tools That Will Make Maintaining Your Garden a Breeze

Have you ever felt like maintaining your garden is a lot of work? Perhaps you spend way too much time with that old lawn mower that cuts your grass unevenly, or maybe you’re sick of manually sweeping away fallen leaves with an old brush. Maintaining your backyard can take a lot of work when you don’t have the right tools for the job, and it’ll end up costing more time than you’d like.

But if that’s the case, then it might be time for you to upgrade to some high-quality garden power tools that will make maintaining your garden a whole lot easier, and potentially even more fun!

Electric hedge trimmer

If you’ve got a hedge in your back or front yard, then it’s a good idea to invest in an electric hedge trimmer to make maintenance a complete breeze.

These electric trimmers are handheld tools with a reciprocating blade that is designed to quickly and effectively trim hedges. They’re usually powered with a battery or can come in corded varieties. Trimmers are mostly used to control overgrown hedges and to maintain their shape, hence why the blade has a long and straight edge.

However, electric trimmers can also be used to keep shrubs and bushes under control as well. You can even use them to trim small branches off a tree like you would with a chainsaw. This makes it a surprisingly versatile tool to include in your garden power tool collection.

Just make sure to always use gloves and safety goggles when using a hedge trimmer. The clippings will fly around everywhere, and the vibrations can take a toll on your hands without gloves. When trimming, try to start at the bottom of the hedge and work your way up with smooth motions for the best results.

Electric leaf blower

Leaf blowers (or vacuums) use a powerful motor to blow or suck up leaves, grass clippings, and other debris from your garden maintenance. They usually have adjustable speeds and can even be used to mulch debris. They’re typically used to clear lots of fallen leaves and debris from lawns, such as after you’ve mowed it or if you’re in the autumn season when nearby trees start to shed their leaves. It’s also a quick way to clear up your driveways and garden beds quickly and without hassle.

As for using your leaf blower, try to be smart about where you start. The last thing you want is to blow leaves and debris back over an area that you’ve already cleared out. Start from the edges of your yard and try to work your way towards the center. When vacuuming, make sure you empty the collection bag on a regular basis to prevent clogging and to ensure maximum suction power.

Leaf blowers are surprisingly versatile as a general tool to use around the house. For example, they can remove debris from narrow or inaccessible spaces around the house, and can even be used to inflate pool floats or air mattresses in some cases. They can also be used as giant drying machines, which can be perfect for drying out a deck after washing it, or even drying outdoor furniture after a bit of rain. You can even use them to remove light snowfall from sidewalks and patios in a pinch.


A chainsaw might conjure up images of a horror movie, but they’re incredibly helpful at printing branches, cutting firewood, and even some light tree-felling in your garden. Chainsaws are most commonly powered by electricity these days, often with a long power cable or a powerful battery that can be recharged again and again. They have sharp teeth that rotate around a guide bar, and this is what creates that cutting motion that slices through wood like butter.

If you ever need to do some light tree felling or find that cutting firewood takes too long with an axe, then a chainsaw can really speed the process up. They’re surprisingly affordable and even cost-effective when you consider alternatives like hiring a professional to prune branches.

However, if you ever climb up a tree with a chainsaw, you absolutely need to listen to safety advice before using it. Remember to wear safety gear such as a helmet, goggles, boots, and sturdy boots whenever you use a chainsaw. Between uses, ensure that it’s properly tensioned and that the cutting edge is sharp. Don’t forget to read the user manual and try not to neglect your chainsaw so that when you need it, it’s ready for action.

Lawn mower

Lawn mowers come in many different styles and types. Some of them are powered by fuel, others are electric, and some need to be manually pushed. They typically use a rotating blade that cuts grass to a height that you can set, and they’re essential for maintaining a neat and tidy lawn. Different mowers are suitable for different kinds of terrain, but a general-purpose electric lawn mower is usually good enough for most tasks.

When using a lawn mower, remember to adjust the cutting height according to the grass type or even season. Ideally, you never want to cut off more than the top one-third of the grass blades. This helps your grass thrive and will also make future lawn maintenance a lot easier since you’re cutting off less grass.


At the end of the day, garden power tools can be incredibly powerful at helping you complete maintenance tasks in a shorter amount of time. However, it’s important to remember that these tools are pretty heavy investments. If you’re not cutting lots of trees in your backyard very often then a chainsaw might not be the best option. However, if you do it frequently enough, then it probably beats the cost of hiring a professional to do it for you.

In short, these garden power tools are extremely helpful and will help you complete many different tasks more quickly. It makes maintaining your garden a lot less stressful and in some cases more fun, and they’re well worth the investment.

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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