I bought a garden shredder on a whim, and I'm so glad that I did because it has quickly become a must-have piece of equipment. I live in a large city, but our property backs onto the woods. Sometimes things get a little overgrown. Using a mower could damage the blades or unbalance the deck, plus it might not even handle the little trees and branches at all. Then there's the matter of handling the debris, and it's illegal to burn it here. The garden shredder chops everything up so nicely that I just add it to my compost pile. I can send pieces of my hedges, twigs, kitchen waste, leaves, and cardboard right through this thing. It's made my compost pile more efficient since the shredded debris breaks down more quickly. I'm a new fan.