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Our guide to grass trimmers

Keep your lawn edges and garden’s hard-to-reach areas tidy.

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Grass trimmer buying guide.
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Grass trimmer guide

A grass trimmer, or strimmer, is a useful tool for keeping your garden’s greenery tidy. Instead of a blade, they spin a nylon line at an incredibly fast speed. This makes them strong enough to make light work of grass, weeds and plants, without the risk of damage to driveways, fences and sheds.

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What is a grass trimmer for?

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Lawns

A grass trimmer is ideal for finishing off a cut lawn. It makes light work of any leftover strands, helping you achieve the perfect cut.

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Borders and edges

It can be tricky to cut the edges of your lawn with a lawnmower. A trimmer makes it simple to tidy up the edges so that they match the rest of the lawn.

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Weeding

Overgrown weeds can be a real pain to get rid of, but a grass trimmer can cut them down far more efficiently than doing it by hand.

Electric or cordless?

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Electric grass trimmers

Benefits – As they plug in to the mains, battery life isn’t a concern.

Things to consider – Is the cord long enough to reach the nearest plug socket?

Power – Measured in watts.

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Cordless grass trimmers

Benefits – Movement isn't restricted by cables.

Things to consider – Is the battery run-time long enough for the size of your garden?

Power – Measured in volts.

Bump or automatic feed?

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Line guide

Most grass trimmers come with either a single or dual reel of line. Two lines can cut faster, and single lines are more suited to smaller lawns.

Bump feed - When the line starts becoming short, a bump feed system allows you to simply tap the head on the ground to release more line.

Automatic feed - This mechanic means more line will be given out automatically when it starts to become too short, meaning you don't need to worry about triggering it.

Essential specs

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Telescopic shaft

Allows you to adjust the trimmer to suit your height.

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Cutting width

A greater cutting width lets you cover ground more quickly.

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Flower guard

Cut close to flowers without damaging them.

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Angle adjustment

Usually a foot pedal for changing the cutting angle.

More help and inspiration

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Lawnmower guide

Be in the know before you mow with our guide to lawnmowers.

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Weeding tools

Make light work of troublesome weeds with our guide to the best tools.

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Lawn care guide

All the hints and tips you need to take care of your lawn.

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Garden inspiration

Make the most of your garden all year round with our guides and advice.

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