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What Equipment You Can Rent For Your Garden, And When You Should Hire A Pro

When you're a homeowner that wants to gain independence, confidence, and control with DIY work in your garden, you may be tempted to take on every project that comes your way. Garden and landscaping equipment rentals can help you tackle outdoor DIY projects, giving you the chance to save money and gain confidence in taking care of the maintenance or updating of your property.

Though garden equipment rentals can be a great way to save money and up your game outside, there are a few rentals that may be better left to the pros. So if you're contemplating a few jobs outside that need to be completed, here's what you can rent yourself, and what you should leave to a contractor.

Lawn Care is a DIY Affair

Lawn care equipment offers you an abundance of resources to enhance the health of your lawn or introduce a new one, as long as you are willing to understand the basics. Lawn care can be a DIY affair when you're familiar with seeding, aerating, trimming, blowing, and the basic demands of the task at hand. Before you begin any chore associated with your lawn, do some research as to the best time of the year to accomplish the task, how often to perform it, and what it takes to get the best results, as far as maintenance is concerned.

But beyond the research required to do lawn care yourself, renting the equipment you'll need to do it can often provide you a way to proactively participate in bringing a better lawn home. Mowers, aerators, trenchers, lawn conditioners, blowers, trimmers, and even edgers are power tools that require a low level of skill and effort to use, are relatively safe (as long as you stay away from moving parts), and can make a big impact on your outdoors.

Trees, Branches, and Stumps Can Be Tricky

The next tier of outdoor activities can be tricky, as dealing with trees, branches, and stumps requires you to operate rental equipment that is hazardous, can require working at heights, and may cause the displacement of debris in the process. Trees and branches that need to be removed should always be handled by a professional if you don't have experience, because the patterns where they fall can cause considerable damages and injury if not carefully calculated and executed. Chainsaws require familiarity and skill to operate, and doing so on ladders or roofs can be difficult for even a seasoned professional.

And though stump grinding equipment can be tempting to rent for the day if you have a few to get rid of, hiring a professional will ensure that you correctly remove the entire stump with minimal chance of dismemberment, or damage caused by either flying debris or breaching underground utilities. Stump grinding is difficult to deal with for a novice also, because the size, depth, and type of wood being ground must be dealt with using the proper equipment--if you rent a machine that can't handle the task you risk damaging a machine that you aren't prepared to pay for.