Lawn Garden Tools
Lawn Garden Tools
Which are right for your job? How many of these tools should you own, and which ones are better off being rented? What do some of them even do???? (Admit it…not all of you are completely familiar with all the tools available for taking care of your yard! 🙂
As my ex used to say, “The right tool for the right job!” It always amazes me how easy a project can be if you’re using the right tools and equipment. The rights tools will make many of your backyard landscaping projects easy for the average Do-it-Yourself , barring a few projects that are best left for the pros.
Lawn garden tools can range from loppers to chainsaws, from rotary tillers to excavators.
There is certain equipment that you should have on hand to handle routine jobs, and certain equipment that you’re probably better off renting. This information should help you to determine which lawn-garden tools you should purchase, and which items should be rented.
Garden Planting Tools
Are there tools that everyone should have in their garage? Absolutely! There are numerous yard tools that I would recommend everyone have on hand to manage day to day tasks that come up. Shovels, rakes, gloves and other such items are landscaping and gardening necessities, and should always be available as needed. These items are needed for routine maintenance and seasonal projects such as weed control, bush/tree trimming, cleaning, planting, etc.
Lawn and Garden Power Tools
These tools represent items which may or may not be necessary for you to own depending on the needs of your yard and your lifestyle.
Lawn and garden power tools are the heavy artillery of lawn-garden tools. These are items such as lawn mowers, lawn aerators, rotary tillers, chainsaws, etc. If you aerate your lawn once per year, for example, is it necessary that you own a lawn aerator? Probably not. You may be better off renting this type of equipment rather than worry about upkeep. There are items, such as chainsaws which you might find useful, but because of safety risks, it would be unwise for you to own. For example, my Dad is not allowed to own his own chainsaw (or borrow one from others, for that matter) due to his propensity for accidents – some of which include…falling off a ladder with a circular saw, falling down the basement stairs, going “belly up” on the ice…you get my point. 🙂 He is allowed to own a sawzall, though, and this may be something you may want to consider. A sawzall can quickly slice through thicker branches, pipes, and tree root systems as needed. It’s also a LOT safer than a chainsaw!
What items are available for rental, and is this a good option for you? Garden tools and equipment available for rent at local home improvement stores are usually quite rugged and well maintained….maintained by someone else, that is, which is a wonderful and beautiful thing. Look around your home. While there may be certain landscaping tools you would like to own, remember that with each tool comes the responsibility to maintain it in order to keep it in good operating condition. Tools that are used only periodically are best obtained through rental agreements.
For some unsolicited advice on how to ensure Safety when working on landscaping projects, please refer to my Safety Link on the left.