Garden Tools: Pressure Washers In Detail

Having a pressure washer your disposal in your garden means you are going to have an advantage over most people because the pressure washer is an extremely powerful piece of kit when it’s in the right hands and it can help you with all manner of maintenance in the back garden. It also means you save an awful lot of time, so in this article we will be going to go through some of the best applications for a pressure washer in the back garden.

Buying a pressure washer love not to be difficult in this article I will also going to show you some of the best suppliers for pressure washers on the market today. You should know that there’s plenty out there but I have certain information that makes my sources better than the average and seen as I’m a garden tool expert that’s to be expected of me I am sure you will agree!

Garden Tools: Pressure Washers In Detail

Garden Tools: Pressure Washers In Detail

Pressure washers to clean the garden patio

Have you ever tried to clean a garden patio by hand? Then if you have, you’ll know just how long it takes to do and how time consuming, as well as how much energy needs to go into it. That’s fine if you’re looking to do a load of exercise and you’ve got loads of time on your hands. Most of us don’t have either of those two ambitions or luxuries(whichever way you want to look at it) so basically in a nutshell, the only way to really get the job done quickly and to an extremely high standard is with a pressure washer.

You’d be interested to know you can spend around 4 hours on a typical patio without a pressure washer. With a pressure washer it’s less than an hour! All you really need to do is make sure that you lay down some detergent first and then give a little scrub. After that is just really a case of blasting it off with a high powered pressure washer. There’s just really not a lot to it and that’s how easy a pressure washer makes the whole ‘cleaning a garden patio’ thing.

My favourite pick: The Kärcher K4 Premium Full Control Home Pressure Washer

If you look through all of the garden pressure washer options you’ll find yourself looking carefully at the Kärcher K4 Premium Full Control Home Pressure Washer. there’s a number of reasons why this pressure washer would be at the top of the list then to go through and name the most important would be the hose reel what the bag which is very well designed so that you only I need to take open so much clothes as you need. That means you don’t get yourself in a tangle and it’s very comfortable in your hands. One of the things I really like about this pressure washer is they give you an extra litre of free cleaning fluid with it as well. It’s very nice because the cleaning fluid is pretty expensive and it’s very good quality so having the extra little freebie on top of a high quality pressure washer gives you the added bonus.

Kärcher K4 Premium Full Control Home Pressure Washer

Kärcher K4 Premium Full Control Home Pressure Washer

When I bought my Kärcher K4 Premium Full Control Home Pressure Washer I went to the link provided because it was the best option at the time. I’m not sure still the case but I know that they’re a very reputable bunch of operators and you’ll never have a problem with them. Given the fact that the items about 280 quid you really need to make sure that you’re buying it from someone reputable because you want to be able to be looked after if there is an issue with it. I have mine delivered very first thing the next morning and I was very pleased with the service I got.

I quickly established my pressure washer cleans the garden paths beautifully.

The first thing I discovered about my Kärcher K4 Premium Full Control Home Pressure Washer was that it is extremely powerful and cleans off garden paths very easily. When you’ve got moss or mould growing over your garden path it can be quite slippery and very awkward to navigate so having it blasted off with the pressure washers really useful. You also need to know that you’ve got to have an extremely high power pressure washer in order to remove this kind of debris and the Karcher K4 absolutely stood up to the challenge.

Kärcher K4 Premium Full Control Home Pressure Washer

Kärcher K4 Premium Full Control Home Pressure Washer

It’s actually so powerful that I started to clean off my brick wall which is a bit old and I realised it was knocking out all of the mortar so I decided to stop doing that and realise that I’d need to turn a setting down in order to do so because it was just literally too powerful for the job!

If anyone is looking to purchase a Karcher K4 then I highly recommend it because I’ve had a perfect experience from it and they’re a really good brand; always honour the guarantee and so therefore you can’t really go far wrong with them. They also only use reputable supplier chains so all of the guys with their operating with are pretty sensible too. So overall if I was going to have a pressure washer and I was looking into the detail it would be the Kärcher K4 Premium Full Control Home Pressure Washer – what a brilliant garden tool to have at your disposal!

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Garden Organiser

You’re looking around for those hand shears—you know you put them right there in the grass somewhere—when you suddenly realise your nose is drippy, you’ve mislaid your gloves, and the phone in the house is ringing. How is anyone supposed to get any gardening done?

Imagine how different this scene would be if you had a handy organiser that kept your shears, tissues, phone, and gloves within an arm’s reach. That’s the beauty of a garden organiser. No more running to and fro and tossing tools down wherever. An organiser supplies everything you need for a nice uninterrupted stretch of gardening with minimal fuss.

Some gardeners like to keep the items in their garden organisers down to just a few basics, like a hand shears, a hand weeder, and a pair of garden gloves. Others like to pile on all of the above plus a cell or cordless phone, tissues, string, a small folding pruning saw, fertiliser, seed packets, insect repellent, a cold drink, sunblock, soil amendments, and an empty plastic bag for bits of litter and old plant labels.

Your garden organiser can be as simple as a small bucket (even a 1-gallon ice cream container with a handle works fine). But wouldn’t it be nice to have one that can really organise your stuff in style—or maybe even handle larger tools and collect your weeds and leaves?
Sound intriguing? Read on.

Trugs and More

The ideal garden organiser depends on your personality and style. Traditionalists, for example, will enjoy a sturdy woven basket to carry around their garden supplies. Even more steeped in garden tradition is the trug, which is a type of low, broad basket made from strips of wood—a traditional craft that originated in England more than 200 years ago. Originally used as scoops for grain or liquid, trugs now make wonderful garden totes.

Brand new trugs are available in bright colours and weather-resistant materials, but you can also search antique stores or online for vintage versions.

Have a Seat

Some garden organisers have built-in seats, a great option for gardeners who could use a rest now and then. A low seat is also helpful for gardeners who have difficulty kneeling, squatting, or bending over.

Garden lounge chair

Garden lounge chair

The most common garden organiser with a seat is one built around a 5-gallon plastic bucket. A big plastic or fabric collar with pockets slips over the top of the bucket. A padded plastic seat snaps on the top like a lid. There are other garden organisers with seats out there as well. Some have collapsible camp-type seats with a canvas tote attached underneath. Others are low, plastic, wagon-like carts that have a built-in seat.

Totally Totes

If you’re one of those people with a closet full of totes in every shape and size, you may be a good candidate for a garden tote.

While some are made from traditional heavy canvas, others are made from dense mesh that resists dirt and stains—you can set it down on a muddy spot with less fretting. Pockets often have snaps, drawstrings, or Velcro fasteners to help keep them shut.

Since you can usually load a lot of stuff into these totes, look for designs with comfortable handles that don’t cut into your hands.

Rigid Plastic Organisers

There are a variety of these on the market, many of them made for other uses, such as organising household repair tools or cleaning supplies. But they work magnificently for garden tools, too, and they’re impervious to dirt and rain.

The more detailed organisers are shaped like a big tray with a handle in the middle, with nooks and crannies for items of every shape and size. However, even a simple plastic box or basket with handles will do, as long as it’s sturdy. They’re especially useful if you’re going to carry liquids, such as fish-emulsion fertiliser or bottled water, because they contain spills.

Their spill-proof design also makes them nice for holding powdery or granulated substances like soil amendments and fertilisers. When the inevitable spill happens, you just dump out the overflow, rather than having to burrow down into a fabric pocket to clean it out.

Caddies and Carts

If a session in the yard just isn’t the same without your favourite hoe and spade, consider a caddy or cart. Wheeled caddies can hold long-handled tools, and they’re great for people who don’t want to (or can’t) haul other loaded-up organisers around.

They often have generously sized bags or bins to collect leaves and yard debris. And depending on the design, they might have trays or pockets for everything from flower pots to potting soil to hedge clippers.

If you have physical limitations and need help steadying yourself as you walk through the garden, look for a caddy that’s sturdy enough to lean on. Some even provide enough support to pull yourself up or lower yourself down when kneeling or bending.

No matter what type of organiser you decide upon, keep it in a handy place, such as an easy-to-access spot in your garage or even right by your back door. That way, whenever you get a precious moment to garden, all you have to do is grab your stuff and go.

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Digging tools

You wouldn’t drive a railroad spike with a craft hammer, and you wouldn’t tap a picture hanger into place with a sledge hammer. Why, then, should you rely on just one tool to dig holes in your garden?
Nearly every gardener has a simple hand trowel, but there are a number of other useful hand-held diggers out there. Here’s how to choose just the right one for the task at hand.

Down and dirty

If you (and your wrists) are lucky, you’ll be gardening in loose soil where nearly any tool works. But in soils that are hard, drought-stricken, stony, or filled with shallow roots, you’ll need small but mighty tools such as a Japanese planter, a mattock, or even a pick axe.

Of course, if you’re digging among plant roots, be careful. You don’t want to damage the trees or shrubs that are attached to those roots. It’s hard to predict how much damage a plant can sustain without significant harm, but as a rule, don’t cut through major roots and don’t disrupt more than 10 percent of the small, fibrous feeder roots, which usually extend underground as far out as the branches do.

Quality counts

When purchasing a digging tool, go for top quality. You may be able to buy a trowel for just a dollar or two, but something that cheap is likely to have poor handle construction, which means it will get wobbly after a year or two. Cheap trowels also tend to have painted metal blades that rust.

For just a few dollars more, you can get top-quality construction. Look for one-piece construction, so handles can’t work themselves loose. Plastic coating on the handles is more comfortable than wood and, in my experience, more durable. The bright colours also make it easy to find the tool in a flower bed.

Look for stainless steel or solid cast- aluminium metal parts that won’t rust. And use your common sense: If it feels and looks sturdy, it almost certainly is.

Ergonomically yours

If you’ve ever spent the day planting, ended up with throbbing knees or aching wrists, and wished there were a better way, you’re in luck. As America’s population ages, inventive garden suppliers have come up with all sorts of designs that cater to those of us who aren’t as spry as we once were.

To prevent repeat kneeling, look for hand tools with handles that are 18 inches or longer instead of the standard 8 inches or so. Long-handled tools are also great for folks who are pregnant or overweight, and those who have bad backs.

If you have arthritis or a weaker grip than you’d like, seek out tools that have fat, cushioned, rubbery handles. They provide better traction and absorb the impact of the tool hitting the soil, making it easier on your joints.

Some hand-digging tools even have a handle designed for gripping with both hands to make the most of weak grips or less-than-strong arms. Still others have braces that fit across your wrist to allow you to use your whole arm rather than relying on the power of your grip.

Find your favourite

Each gardener will find a personal favourite among hand-digging tools. My life-changing tool has been the Asian plow. I knew the moment I held it in my hand, slowly practicing digging imaginary holes in the air, that I was going to love it. When I head out into the garden, I absolutely must have an Asian plow in my hand. I rely on it so much that when I travel to another state to garden with my mom, I pack it and take it along.

So experiment and try some new tools—you, too, may find a new tool you can’t live without!

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Garden Sprinkler

Here’s how to make sure you’re getting the most for your money when you buy a sprinkler:

Check the construction. Look for all-metal construction, especially brass and steel fittings, and make sure the connector (the part you attach to the garden hose) is metal. Plastic connectors are less durable; metal connectors can last years with a new washer every year or two.

Examine the design. The simplest sprinklers are hardly more than a bulb with holes in it. The most complex are tractor sprinklers, small water robots that propel themselves forward over a variety of terrains.

Consider the shape of your landscape. If you have a perfectly rectangular lawn, choose an oscillating sprinkler. Chances are, though, that you’ll need other sprinklers to hit small or odd-shaped areas so you’re not watering sidewalks and wasting water. And you may need a sprinkler on a tripod for watering tall plantings.

Consider how far the sprinkler throws the water. If you’re going to water a small bed of annuals by your house, don’t get a pulsating sprinkler that covers an area 90 feet in diameter.

Look at the base of the sprinkler. It should be heavy enough to prevent the sprinkler from flopping around when you turn on the water. A sled-type or wheeled base makes it easier to drag around while it’s still on, so you don’t have to turn the faucet off each time you move the sprinkler. A spike base keeps the sprinkler steady in soft soils, especially on a slope.

Consider timers. Whatever type of sprinkler you use, a timer will make it infinitely easier to use and more efficient. Timers that attach to outdoor faucets cost between £25 and £100, depending on their complexity.

You can set the timer to turn off after a certain period of time or to go on at any hour of the day—perfect for early-morning waterings.

Our buyer’s guide to getting what you need

Simple

The water sprays out without any parts that wave, move, or pull. It usually covers a small area, perhaps 10 feet by 10 feet, depending on the design and your water pressure.

  • Advantages: Few moving parts to break down. Delivers water quickly and works well with low water pressure. Some models have a variety of spray patterns, making them good for hard-to-water areas. Their straightforward design makes them very inexpensive.
  • Disadvantages: Covers a small area, and not always evenly.
  • Price range: £5 to £50.

Rotating

Also called a rotary sprinkler, it has two or three “arms” that throw water up to 60 feet in diameter.

  • Advantages: Good for small lawns. Works with a variety of water pressures. Usually easy to fine-tune the speed of water delivery.
  • Disadvantages: Depending on design, water may be distributed unevenly very close to and very far away from the base. The circle-only pattern can be imprecise.
  • Price range: £10 to £25.

Pulsating

Also called an impulse sprinkler, this sprinkler makes that distinctive “ch-ch-ch” sound as the head moves in a circle. It distributes water slowly—an advantage only in clay soils.

  • Advantages: The spray tends to stay close to the ground, so evaporation is minimal. Many types come with an attached tripod, making them ideal for watering tall, mature plantings.
  • Disadvantages: Some people find the sound annoying. Water tends to be distributed unevenly very close to and very far away from the base. Works poorly with low water pressure. Patterns are restricted to circles or portions of circles.
  • Price range: £15 to £80.

Oscillating

Probably the most commonly used sprinkler (image 1), it sprays out a fanlike curtain of water as the metal arm goes back and forth. Water delivery is moderately fast.

  • Advantages: Covers areas up to 70 feet by 60 feet. Some have size and direction adjustments and built-in timers.
  • Disadvantages: Pattern is usually restricted to a rectangle. The water flies high in the air, encouraging evaporation.
  • Price range: £10 to £30.

Rotor

These sprinklers deliver water quickly over areas up to 70 feet (image 2). The head is tucked under a column-like casing that rises up from the base.

  • Advantages: Rotor sprinklers don’t make the “ch-ch-ch” sound of pulsating sprinklers, yet they cover a large area. Water stays low to the ground. Works well with low water pressure.
  • Disadvantages: Harder to find than other sprinklers.
  • Price range: £10 to £30.

Multihead

Sometimes called noodlehead sprinklers (image 3), they have heads that direct water into odd-shaped spaces. Water is delivered slowly.

  • Advantages: Precise application.
  • Disadvantages: Harder to find than other sprinklers. How far water is sprayed depends on water pressure—anywhere from 10 to 35 feet.
  • Price range: £10 to £30.

Walking

Also called tractor sprinklers, these are good for large areas with turns or hills. A front wheel pulls them along at varying speeds. The sprinkler covers between 20 to 40 feet an hour, delivering water at a slow or medium rate. Water is sprayed from 3 to 60 feet, depending on the setting, in a circular pattern as the tractor moves along.

  • Advantages: These sprinklers weigh 20 or 30 pounds and can pull a hose 200 feet or more. They can move over fairly rugged terrain.
  • Disadvantages: Walking sprinklers are far more expensive than other sprinklers. Also, it’s a good idea not to leave your property while they’re moving.
  • Price range: £90 and up.
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