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Undated Handout Photo of a garden shredder being tested. PA Photo/David Murray

Undated Handout Photo of a garden shredder being tested. PA Photo/David Murray

Shredders have been around for a long time, breaking down prunings from trees and shrubs to enable you to reduce your tougher garden debris into a useful mulch quickly and effectively.

But the price and quality of shredders varies enormously and now Which? Gardening, the Consumers’ Association magazine, has done some research to find out which shredders perform best and to let gardeners know what features to look out for when buying a shredder.

“A decent machine will cope with both woody branches and green twigs without jamming, shred a large amount quickly and relatively quietly, and produce fine shreddings ready to use as a mulch or to add to your compost. A bad shredder will be noisy, jam up easily and be tricky to unblock,” the magazine reports.

Testers fed easy garden material such as straight, fresh branches through the 10 shredders on trial, weighed the resulting shreddings and rated how finely they had been chopped. They shredded different materials including conifer prunings, spiny and woody branches and soft, fibrous plants and assessed how often shredders became blocked, as well as assessing the machines for ease of use, noise and ease of moving and storage.

Read the full article in this week’s gardening column.

 

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