I have taken on the maintenance of a walled garden. With a lot of beds and borders, I am faced with yards and yards of lawn edge to clip. The owner prefers that I use shears, but being over 6ft tall I find that edging up gives me a pain in the back. Do you have any suggestions? Cornish gardener.

A. I have seen lawn edges trimmed with line trimmers. It can be speedy but after a few days the edge can brown. The new Landscape Blade, from Leicestershire-based DMMP, can be fitted to a trimmer and does a much better job, but the weight of the brushcutter can be tiring after a while. In any case, I can understand your client wanting the perfect crisp edge made by sharp edging shears. Such an edge can set off well-manicured lawns, strengthening definition between grass and beds or borders.

You could visit a garden centre - one selling several brands of edging shear - and try them out for handle length. There are many good makes of shear available but I suggest you take a look at Spear & Jackson's new Telescopic Edging Shears. They sit in the company's Razersharp collection and provide a quality cut for neat and tidy edges to a lawn or grassed path.

The blades are hollow ground C50 carbon steel for longer spells of work between sharpening. They are also polished and hard chrome plated to make them rust resistant. But it is the handles you need to try.

For strength, the handles are made of epoxy coated tubular steel with soft-feel grips for comfort and durability. Twist each handle and you will find they are telescopic, extending up to a full length of 110cm with an easy twist-and-lock action. You should be able to set the length exactly to suit your requirements so that you can clip edges without putting strain on your spine or back muscles.

You might also like to consider the matching Telescopic Lawn Shears. These are a long-handled solution to trimming grass in awkward places such as tight corners where the mower cannot reach or around trees and obstacles. The lawn shears are made to the same standard as the edging shears. Both come with a 10-year guarantee.

Sally Drury, Technical editor

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