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Hire thoughts in the garden!

If gardeners say they want more time to be creative and cut down on the heavy duty jobs then the weekend hiring of equipment is increasingly the answer

A recent survey amongst gardeners has revealed they are spending too much time on heavy duty jobs and not enough on being creative and ‘green –fingered’.

They are finding the garden maintenance tasks involved in cleaning up areas of the garden especially at this time of the year is too time consuming. It is perhaps not a new complaint but a national promotion this month to urge the benefits of hiring out equipment including rotavators, chippers and shredders, leaf and litter vacs scarifies and lawn aerators has not been lost on gardeners.

For instance one of the most popular weekend hiring pieces of equipment are powered barrows which give gardeners the chance to move heavy objects or a lot of debris around the garden quickly and safely.

Close behind on the list of

top garden hire equipment are lawn maintenance aides- scarifiers, turf cutters, powered barrows and lawn aerators. Healthy lawns require constant maintenance throughout the growing season for good root growth. Scarifying removes thatch and any lateral root growth whilst carving grooves into the soil to aid gases exchange and water penetration.

For a weekend hire of about £50 a job such as scarifying a large lawn which might take hours of hard physical work can be achieved very quickly. The same goes for the much

20 advocated task of aerating a lawn.

Lawn vacs are a versatile piece of machinery. As well as tidying up the remains of dead leaves in the spring, grass clippings, and other items of litter are picked up with ease.

A wider range range of garden maintenance equipment is available for hire than most gardeners think including chippers, shredders and even stump grinders. When it comes to pruning and clearing areas of your garden, nothing will help dispose of the clippings like a garden shredder.

The key is there are deals and bargains to be found which will save a lot of time in the garden for the more creative work.

Hiring is a good idea if you do not wish to keep a tool after you have used it. However, it helps if you are sure how long you will take to finish the job. If in doubt, hiring for a week will usually be much cheaper than adding on extra days.

Prices vary depending on the type of tool you wish to hire. However, all tools are usually hired out on a daily, weekend or weekly basis, plus an additional refundable deposit. Most of the time, it makes more sense to hire on a weekend rather than a daily basis, but only if you're sure you can finish the job in this time.

Not only is it far cheaper to hire specialised tools than to buy them, a good tool hire company will provide advice on how to use the machine and can offer valuable suggestions on the best tool for the job. They also offer much more than hires, they can also train you on the use of the equipment and will provide safety precautions and protective gear. They are also much more versatile than you would think: for example, you could hire anything from folding chairs to barbecue grills to patio heaters for your next family gathering.

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