Relax! Garden maintenance is easy!

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One of the many things that the Covid pandemic has taught us is how great it feels to spend time outside.  Luckily scientists tell us that it is also great for your mental health and well-being. So, if you have a garden or yard, then you have probably spent more time in it this last year than ever before, and it has become to feel like an extension of your home. You probably have a seating area, possibly two,  allowing you to track the sun during the day. You may have a fire pit or a chiminea on your patio to keep you cosy out there with a glass of wine after the sun has set.  Perhaps you have invested in a brick pizza oven or a gas-fired barbecue for al fresco dining. You may even have a hot tub to lie back in and contemplate the stars. 

The downside of all this garden gorgeousness is that it needs a lot of care and maintenance to keep things ship-shape. You will need to invest in some new equipment for the job. It’s not going to be cheap, but the right tools for the job will make it easier. Of course, your new gadgets will need maintenance, so don’t forget to find a good supplier of parts to fix your outdoor power equipment when problems arise. 

Remember when the lawnmower was the only power tool you needed in your garden? The buzz of the mower was the sound of the suburbs every Sunday. Times have changed. Many of us are still wedded to our patch of grass, but if you still have a lawn, it is likely to be smaller and contain more obstacles to straight-line mowing than in the old days – what with the decking and the trampoline etc.  If you live in Downton Abbey, then you will still need your ride-on mower, but ordinary mortals are probably better off with a slimline electric mower. 

Your mower’s best pal is the strimmer which is great for catching those long strands of grass that grow around the lawn edges and escape the lawnmower blades. A hedge trimmer is another helpful piece of equipment. Why not try some topiary, turning your hedges into fantastic shapes to wow your garden guests. The leaf blower is a  genius bit of kit which blows dead leaves away from your property onto your next-door neighbour’s to-do-list! 

Keeping your patio, paving stones, or decking clean is necessary as they can all become dangerously slippy over time. High-pressure washers are fun to use and will strip your hard surfaces of that green slime in no time. DO be careful not to destroy the grouting around your paving stones as you do it! A power drill is always helpful for maintenance, and if you are feeling crafty, you can use it to make your own simple trellises, seats and planters. 

Don’t forget to make time to enjoy your outdoor space!

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