As the weather starts to warm up, the garden is doing its part by bursting into life. So what better time to trial the the VonHaus Cordless Hedge Trimmer!
I can’t really take the credit for the way the garden looks at the moment – that’s VIP’s forte and he has done me proud with his Mediterranean garden, garden wall attempt, English Country garden patch, pub area and now he has plans for a Japanese garden area.
But in terms of weeding, mowing, pruning and choosing and er…buying bunting, then I do chip in.
So, with summer on the horizon, the empty spaces are quickly filling up with green as new garden growth appears. Some of this is a welcome splash of colour, but there are are parts where Mother Nature needs a little maintenance so it doesn’t take over everything. Basically the bushes need a trim! Notice how I didn’t go down the route of turning it into *that* joke. You’re welcome.
Anyway, just before the end of last year, VIP’s trusty old hedge loppers gave up the ghost. Once too often they had been called into service to trim the rampant Leylandii hedge at the front of the house – and having endured hour upon hour of service, they decided they’d had enough.
As it was winter, we didn’t bother replacing them and the bushes in the garden breathed a collective sigh of relief as any further trimming would have to wait until next year.
Fast forward to 2019 and the aforementioned spring-time green explosion had fully taken hold with parts of the garden literally groaning under the weight of new unchecked foliage, encroaching on pathways and flower borders.
So when I was given the opportunity to try out the VonHaus Cordless Hedge Trimmer by Domu Brands, I thought it must be fate – the timing was perfect. The question was, would it do a good job in getting control back of the jungle that had become our garden?
In my honest opinion…
What I immediately appreciated about the VonHaus Cordless Hedge Trimmer was its extendable pole. Being a vertically challenged 5’1”, you know that I’m not reaching up that high – heck, I even have to get out a footstool to reach the posh glasses in the kitchen when guests come over.
So the extending pole (up to 2.44m) meant that I would have little problem in reaching some of the apple tree branches to lop them off for the rabbits.
If there’s one thing I love about summer (apart from the smell of freshly cut grass, the opportunity to boost my vitamin D by laying in the sun and guilt-free ice-cream), it’s putting the four rabbits in the garden.
They live indoors in their own room, but I love giving them the opportunity to be outdoors in the fresh air, digging holes and munching their way through the greenery. As a special treat, they can’t get enough of fruit branches – and their favourite is the apple tree.
But every time I want to give them a treat, I end up teetering on a shaky stepladder trying to cut down apple tree branches. This time, with the VonHaus Cordless Hedge Trimmer firmly in hand – and my feet firmly on the floor – it made light work of an otherwise difficult job. Just look at the faces on the rabbits – they were in their element!
The other thing that ticked the box for me was how lightweight the VonHaus Cordless Hedge Trimmer was – just 3.8kg including the battery, which made using it for lengthier periods a breeze.
Neat and nice
So my first impressions were good; it felt good in the hand and had two ways of being supported when full extended – a positionable handle and a shoulder strap. The VonHaus Cordless Hedge Trimmer also has an adjustable head, which is ideal when trying to trim at a specific angle.
VIP was equally taken with our new gadget – he particularly liked the fact that it was cordless which meant he wasn’t limited to the range of extension cables and the like. Also, despite being so long, it was maneuverable and easy to handle.
VIP and I were taking it in turns to ‘have a go’ with the trimmer and, within a few hours, little piles of leaves and branches were dotted around the garden- it’s only a pity that the trimmer didn’t clear these up as it went along! When it was time for lunch, the fast charging facility came in use – with only one hour needed to get 50 minutes of use.
All in all, I thought that the VonHaus Cordless Hedge Trimmer is a reliable, easy to use tool in the garden – it makes it easy to get to the hard-to-reach places and is powerful enough to cut through thick branches (twig maximum thickness of 14mm), plus charges quickly. And, at around 65 quid, it shouldn’t break the bank either.
Now all I’ve got to do is figure out if my dad’s hedge trimmer needs replacing – with Father’s Day on the horizon, it would make an alternative gift for the man who seems to have everything!
*I was gifted the VonHaus Cordless Hedge Trimmer in return for an honest review.
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