Gardening is one of those activities that can be incredibly rewarding, both in terms of the beauty you create and the sense of accomplishment from nurturing your plants. But it's not a hobby that can be done without the proper tools. From shears and gloves to shovels and hoses, having the right equipment makes all the difference in making sure your garden is healthy and thriving. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some must-have gardening tools you need to make sure your green thumb is powered up!
Garden furniture, patios, and driveways can accumulate dirt and grime over time. Pressure washers are great for cleaning outdoor surfaces because they are more powerful and precise than a regular garden hose.
They use high-pressure jets of water to blast away dirt, mud, algae, mildew and other unwanted particles quickly and efficiently.
Light Duty Pressure Washer
- Low-powered motors are between 1200W to 1600W, perfect for everyday cleaning of garden furniture.
- Less expensive compared to more powerful pressure washers.
- Light duty models have a pressure rating of up to 100 bar which is enough pressure to clean bikes, windows or cars.
Medium Duty Pressure Washer
- Good for mid-level cleaning jobs on patios, fences and guttering.
- The motor power is between 1600W to 2000W which is gentle enough for jobs such as spraying outdoor paintwork.
- Medium duty models have a pressure of rating upwards of 110 bar.
Heavy Duty Pressure Washer
- Powerful water spray for large driveways, paving and wooden decking.
- These models tend to be heavy so keep this in mind for storage and mobility purposes.
- Heavy duty models generally have a pressure rating of 130 bar or higher and high-powered motors ranging from 1800W to 2500W.
2. Leaf Blower
If you let fallen leaves pile up in your garden, they can clog drains, cause flooding, and prevent your grass from absorbing nutrients.
It is easy and quick to remove leaves, twigs, and other debris with leaf blowers.
Cordless Leaf Blower
- Great for moving around gardens with tight spaces and corners.
- The battery life on most models is around 15 to 20 minutes when using full power.
Corded Leaf Blower
- A cheaper option, with some models also having an inbuilt vacuum function.
- Better suited for smaller gardens where a plug socket is within reach.
3. Hedge Trimmer
You can achieve a neater finish on your hedges with the right hedge trimmers.
Cordless Hedge Trimmer
- Powered by rechargeable batteries so you can move around your garden with ease.
- Cordless trimmers can have a running time of up to 75 minutes with a 5.0Ah battery.
Electric hedge trimmers
- Electric trimmers are often corded so if you have a larger garden, you may need an extension cable to get around.
- You’ll need an RCD power adapter which switches electricity off automatically if there is a fault such as if it rains while the tool is in use, or if the cord gets damaged.
Petrol hedge trimmers
- Generally, petrol hedge trimmers are the most powerful types of trimmers, and are ideal for tradespeople looking for strong and lasting trimmers.
- The petrol engine does, however, make these trimmers heavier than other models and will need occasional servicing.
4. Lawn Mower
In most households with green spaces around them, lawn mowers are a staple piece of gardening equipment.
Electric Lawn Mower
- Electric mowers tend to be lightweight, easy to manoeuvre and require little maintenance.
- These models should only be used in dry weather to avoid water damage to parts of the mower on the inside.
Cordless Lawn Mower
- Cordless mowers can either be powered by petrol or batteries, so you won’t need to worry about cables getting tangled or being too short.
- Battery powered mowers require little maintenance, just make sure they are charged enough for each use.
Petrol Lawn Mower
- Petrol mowers are the most powerful type of lawn mower, ideal for those tackling larger gardens and tough grasses.
- Hard-wearing, so it can withstand uneven surfaces and slopes. However, petrol lawn mowers tend to be loud and heavy.
5. Grass Strimmer
A strimmer is an excellent accessory to use alongside a lawn mower if you want a precise finish.
Petrol Grass Strimmer
- Good for heavy-duty jobs, trimming overgrown grass and working on large gardens.
- These models can be heavy due to the weight of the petrol engine and other attachments.
Rechargeable Grass Strimmer
- The cordless feature of these models means that you can travel across your garden without worrying about getting tangled.
- You might want to buy a second battery which can be charged while the other is being used.
Electric Grass Strimmer
- Electric grass strimmers offer unlimited power as they are fuelled by mains electricity.
- These models are great at maintaining smaller gardens and hedges with ease.
If you work with wood regularly, a chainsaw is a tool you will use a lot and would want to look after. Here are some things to think about before buying one.
Battery Powered Chainsaw
- Much quieter than petrol models so would be a better choice for domestic use.
- Some models have interchangeable batteries which can be used on other garden power tools.
- Petrol chainsaws are generally more powerful and durable than other types so would be better suited to experienced users.
- These models often have a price point of around £100, as well as the added cost of refilling the petrol tank when needed.
- The cord length can be limited on some models so an extension cable would be needed.
- Being connected to mains electricity means that you will have an unlimited power output, ideal for extensive jobs.
You may rarely use a scarifier, but it can have a huge impact on your lawn's appearance and health.
- These are ideal for lawns that are around 100m2.
- Hand scarifiers don’t have a collection box so you’ll have to manually pick up the debris that is left with a grass broom or rake.
- For lawns measuring between 100 to 500m2, and with a nearby power outlet, opt for an electric scarifier.
- Little maintenance required, minimal noise and most models come with a collection box for quick and easy waste disposal.
- If your lawn measures over 500m2, a petrol scarifier would work best.
- Due to the noise level of petrol scarifiers, you’ll need to wear ear defenders.
Gardening can be incredibly rewarding, and having the right tools is essential for success. In this blog post we discussed the top 7 gardening tools you need to power up your green thumb. We looked at pressure washers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, lawn mowers, grass strimmers, chainsaws and scarifiers. Whatever your garden needs may be, make sure you have the right tools to get it done!