I've been in my house for about 10 months now, the gardener that the previous owners were using came on board as soon as we moved in. In the past few months, I've started to re-think his services because all he literally does is, cut the grass, trim and do a little clean up. He rarely touches up some of the plants/trees around the house. I don't have a big front lawn, maybe at most a 20'x10' patch. The back yard is even smaller than that because of the pool, which I feel he just allows too much debris to get into. He charges me a $100 a month, for that amount he cuts the front every week, but only cuts the back every 2 weeks. I felt for the amount of grass I have and the amount of work he does, it's just not worth it. So I've decided to up-keep the grass, as I already trim the other plants/trees on my property and pretty much sweep/blow out all the deck/patio areas every other week.
My question is, at this point, all I really need is a lawn mower with a catch bag and a weed whacker/string trimmer.
As a kid, all I ever used was gas powered equipment, but being as I really don't have a lot of grass to cut, maybe electric would be better, I can see a pro in that, but I've been reading some reviews on Home Depot.com (where I plan on buying the equipment) and some folks are complaining about the batteries dying or not charging at all. I've been thinking about getting either a 40 volt or 18 volt Ryobi mower and trimmer with the same type of batteries.
I also seen some Black & Decker corded electric mower/trimmer.
Or, should I just go gas?