When the weather’s nice, there’s nothing better than enjoying some quality time outdoors in your very own garden. But gardens require maintenance, and unless you’re paying someone else to do the hard work, it’s down to you to keep your garden in tip-top shape. While some see gardening and garden maintenance as chores, others enjoy the opportunity to spend time outside doing healthy, physical work. But regardless of whether or not you enjoy getting your hands dirty in your garden, there are certainly tools around that can make your life a lot easier. Here are our top 10 choices.
1. Strimmer / Weed trimmer
Take the hassle out of weeding with a battery-powered strimmer, perfect for clearing large patches of weeds, as well as keeping the edges of your lawn clear of any paths, edges and vegetable or flower patches. The new generation of strimmers are lightweight, so easy to manoeuvre. They also have quieter engines so are more pleasant to work with. If you’ve never owned a strimmer before, you’ll be amazed. It really makes previously difficult, annoying jobs a breeze.
2. Garden Auger
This handy attachment attaches to a drill and is used to dig holes in the ground – perfect for planting bulbs! You can also get bigger augers designed for digging holes for larger plants and even trees. Yes, you could dig holes with a trawler or a shovel, but why sweat when you don’t have to?
The obvious must-have garden power tool for anyone with a lawn. Almost too obvious to mention, but there is really no substitute for a good lawnmower. There are, of course, plenty of options on the market – petrol, electric, riding mowers, variable speed mowers, etc. As this article is not specifically about lawnmowers, we won’t go into them here, but you can learn more about them on Lawn Mower Lane.
4. Hedge Trimmer
Easily shape and even sculpt your shrubbery with this handy power tool, available in gas-powered, corded and cordless models. Battery-powered cordless models are the most eco-friendly and are also the easiest to work with, but tend to be more expensive. Still, it’s wort investing in a good quality tool that will last you for many years.
5. Leaf Blower
Hate raking leaves? Who doesn’t. A leaf blower will take the sting out of one of the most hated garden chores so you can concentrate on doing the things you enjoy instead. There are handheld models that are lighter and easier to work with, but also larger backpack-style blowers that are handy when working on larger areas.
Got trees? You may need a chainsaw to control them by removing branches or even a whole tree if it’s sick or damaged. Like other tools, they can be petrol-powered or electric / battery powered. It’s important to pick the right chainsaw for the sort of work you think you’ll be doing. If all you’re going to do is prune some medium-sized branches, there’s no point investing in one of the larger models.
7. Electric Pole Saw
Great for chopping off small to medium-sized branches overhead in hard to reach areas. You can choose between different lengths, as well as different blade sizes, so make sure you choose one that’s right for the sort of trees you’re dealing with in your garden.
8. Power Washer
Easily wash away dirt, grime, pond scum and even bird droppings with this handy power tool that makes cleaning your garden a breeze. Perfect for washing your decking, paved areas and patios. You can choose between cold washers and hot washers and also between electric and petrol-powered.
9. Electric Edger
For that wonderful manicured lawn look, an edger does a much better job than a strimmer, because it’s much easier to control a blade than a cutting string. If you have serious lawn ambitions, this is definitely a tool worth investing in.
Save time and hassle when preparing the ground for plating by using a tiller. There are two kinds of tillers: front-tine tillers and read-tine tillers. These are perfect for using on medium to large areas with hard soil. If you’re looking to work in smaller areas with wet soil, a cultivator will do the job just as well.