Handheld tools like garden shears and brushes are great for little jobs around the garden, but when it comes to those bigger tasks and saving time, it’s time to bring out the big guns! Power tools make light work of your garden to-do list, and we’ll show you how to make the most of them.
Clean up with a pressure washer
If you’ve ever spent a morning scrubbing a path, patio or decking, you’ll know how good electric pressure washers are! This versatile power tool makes light work of dirt, grime and algae, giving you a great looking garden in no time. And did you know they use water more efficiently than a garden hose?
For really dirty jobs, opt for a patio cleaner as it will give your electric pressure washer an extra helping hand, making it even easier to clean a variety of surfaces. The best pressure washer will include a jet nozzle, which gives you even more power for those extra grimy paths and patios – just be sure to avoid using this nozzle for your other jobs like car cleaning, as the pressure can damage certain surfaces.
To make the most of your power washer, make sure you use it on more than just your patio or decking. Here’s our top ten list of things you can clean with your pressure washer:
- Paths and patios
- Garage doors
- Outdoor bins
- Garden furniture
- Cars and bikes
- BBQs and grills
- Garden equipment
- Outdoor toys
Wave goodbye to wonky hedges
If your garden hedge is on the smaller side, handheld shears are probably the best garden tool for the job. However, using them on bigger hedges can turn trimming your hedge into one of those tiresome, never-ending chores! That’s where petrol or electric hedge trimmers come in. They take the hard work and effort out of trimming, making these big jobs much more manageable.
Using an electric or petrol hedge trimmer is quite easy, but making your hedge look straight and even isn’t quite as simple! It’s a good idea to use horizontal string tied between two canes on each side of the hedge because this will give you a straight line to follow. Then, when you’re trimming the sides of the hedge, use the straight canes as guides.
When using your trimmer, start with a sweeping motion working from the bottom of the hedge upwards. And don’t forget to keep adjusting your ladder to avoid using your hedge trimmer above shoulder height.
If you’re a seasoned, professional hedge trimmer, you’ll know needles and twigs can fly off in any direction, so we always recommend wearing safety goggles. It’s also a good idea to check for birds’ nests before starting.
Top tip: Place a big sheet under the section you’re working on, moving it along as you go. The cuttings will fall onto the sheet, making the clean-up job a whole lot easier!
Create lovely lawn stripes with your lawnmower
If you’ve been to the footy recently and seen the awesome striped pitches, you may be wondering how easy it is to recreate this in your own back garden. Well, you’ll be glad to know it’s actually very easy!
The best lawnmower for the job is one with a rear roller.
The rear roller’s job is to flatten and bend the grass as you cut, which helps create that striped look. It actually works by changing the angle at which the light reflects off the blades of grass, giving the impression that it’s a different colour to the strip of lawn you’ve just cut.
So, have a think about whether you’d like your stripes to be vertical or horizontal, and give it a go! You’ll just need to go up and down your garden, turning the petrol lawnmower when you get to the end of the lawn, and come back in the opposite direction. Mow in the same direction twice (next to each other) to create stripes that are twice the width.
Top tip: When adding stripes, always overlap the previous stripe slightly. This will make it easier to cut all the grass, rather than having the odd missed patch!