I’m looking for a shredder/mulcher. Mostly for leaves and dead herbaceous garden plants/vines (tomato vines, corn stalks, fall leaves). However, the ability to handle smallish twigs and pruning waste would be good, too.
A quick search suggests that if it’s good for sticks it’s lousy for leaves and vice versa.
The real issue is the fact that the area where all of the garden waste is it’s over 150
feet downhill from my house.
So electric isn’t really an option, considering it’s not considered good practice to string together multiple extension cords.
Only really covers leaves, but I have one of these https://www.homedepot.com/p/Toro-Ultra-250-MPH-350-CFM-Electric-12-Amp-Blower-Vacuum-Mulcher-51619/205746070
I’ve been using it to clear some pretty sizeable piles of leaves from a very shady 1/3 acre. This is the only model blower/vac that gets consistently good reviews on its shredding ability, and my limited experience with this and another model support this.
If you have a power lawn mower, that’s the fastest way to do it. Putting leaves in a barrel and using a string trimmer like an immersion blender also works surprisingly well.