Buying the right tools – Part 1

While on holidays in Italy, I came across an issue that I haven’t experienced since before I entered into the landscaping industry. My fiancées mum asked me to do some gardening for her; she had no tools so I asked her to borrow some from a friend or relative and, although they were close to being correct, they weren’t. So, I’m going to quickly talk about which tools are required for garden maintenance and what the different options are.

The issues that I had while working for my fiancées mum were that the lawn couldn’t be mowed with a mower because there was a considerable amount of rocks/pebbles throughout the lawn, so a Whipper Snipper had to be used. The Whipper Snipper that was provided was an electric one that was corded. Now, some electric Whipper Snippers can be ok; however, this one was severely underpowered, so a 15-minute job became one hour. However, more importantly, the small size of it didn’t allow me to stand up straight, so I woke up the following morning with a sore back.
The second issue was that a tall hedge had to be pruned and all I had was a pair of non-extendable loppers, garden shears and a small step ladder. Now, although the job could be completed with these tools, it took a considerably long time and could also be potentially dangerous (having to lean on while on a ladder to reach the far branches is not the safest idea).

The tools that most people will need to do the majority of garden maintenance around their house are a lawnmower, Whipper Snipper, a Blower, garden shears, extendable loppers, rake, broom, shovel and spade, bypass pruners, a saw and gloves. Although there are plenty of more tools are available for garden maintenance, the vast majority of jobs can be completed with the above tools. Not included in these jobs is if you have tall hedges; you will also require a pole hedger (this is when it can start getting quite expensive and time-consuming, so you may want to seek professional assistance).

When it comes to non-power tools (hand tools), there isn’t too much to take into consideration. In the beginning, most hand tools will do the same job with similar efficiency; the main difference is durability as well as comfort. At Western Property Care, we only use the best quality of tools; however, around the home, you can get away with making some compromises. For example, if you will be using the tool regularly, it’s best to buy a good quality tool. However, if it’s a tool that you will use rarely, you can get away with purchasing a lesser quality tool as it won’t have to cope with regular use. For a high-quality tool, our preferred gardening hand tools are produced by Cyclone, quite a few of which are available at Bunnings at this link.

Please read our next blog, where we discuss the differences between different sorts of lawnmowers and Whipper Snippers.

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