Taking care of a yard is essentially your third full-time job. Lawns and gardens need constant weeding, cutting, trimming, de-bugging, and a host of other tasks to make them neat and tidy. While you could certainly buy all of the heavy duty equipment for yard and garden upkeep, it is just easier to rent these tools when you need them. That way they do not clutter up your garage or your shed and you are still able to accomplish everything on your "honey do" list. Three essential garden rentals to consider are as follows.
A Log Splitter
This frighteningly powerful tool can split tree trunk sections with a split-second snap. However, it does make very short work of chopping up trees and removing long trunks. It is also very handy when you have to stockpile firewood and do not want to spend an entire day doing it. Renting one usually costs around $40/day, whereas buying one will cost you a couple hundred to close to a thousand.
Call around to check for availability and pricing. Log splitter rental cost varies by location and period of rental, but for a general idea, they typically run around $40-$50 for half-day, $65-$75 for a full-day, $175-$200 for 1-week, and $500-$575 for 4-weeks.
A Water Well Drilling Rig
If you live close enough to a city to rent a water well drilling rig, but too far out of town to get city water, you may need to rent a water well drilling rig. At some point, wells dry up, and then you have to dig a new one. Your water source from the new well connects to your home's plumbing, but you can fashion an irrigation system for your yard that connects to it too. Well drilling rig prices start at several thousand dollars apiece, and for a piece of equipment you may only use once in the entire time you own your property, it makes better sense just to rent it for about $200 or less over the course of a few days.
A Lawn Roller or a Lawn Aerator
Either of these tools you can connect to the back of a riding lawn mower. The roller flattens all of the lumps and bumps in your yard from a tumultuous winter, while the tow-behind aerator pokes a lot of holes in your lawn to let the root systems of healthy grass breathe. Both cost a few hundred dollars to buy (when you buy the tow-behind versions), but a minute fraction to rent for a few hours to a few days. Some garden rental places will even rent these tools to you for a month, if you need them that long. Usually, a single, twenty-four-hour period is more than enough to accomplish smoothing and aerating tasks.