Who's Doing the Gardening With the Power Tools?

Neil and I recently discussed on the podcast an article in DIY Week that outlined the spending and investment habits families in the UK have towards their gardens. The article also cheekily published the results of a survey showing what some folks get up to in their gardens, which may surprise you (it certainly surprised us, people of Gloucester...).

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Photo Courtesy dumbledad

Obviously, gardening, and the tools associated with it, is big business, as we've seen on the Toolstop site and the massive boom in purchases of gardening tools, especially by women. But not everything is rosey in the garden, according to some. For example, in this article, Dana Kelley Bressette feels that we should be cutting back on the use of power tools in our gardens. She cites two types of pollution; noise and environmental. But are her concerns justified?

We previously blogged about the new range of Bosch gardening power tools, in particular the Rotak lawnmowers. These have been big sellers on Toolstop, in particular due to the efficiency of their batteries, which incorporate Bosch's EEM system, giving the batteries more resilience, allowing them tolast up to 20% longer between charges. Surely this has a positive impact on the eco-friendliness of the gardening tool. And all of this new technology has the knock on effect of making the machines quieter and easier to use. In other words, if the gardening tool can get the job done quicker, requiring less power, and making less noise into the bargain, the impact on our environment will be greatly reduced.

If that satisfies the concerns of our environmentalists, there are two other factors we want you to think about;

- projects

- women

No doubt most of us has a gardening to-do list that we start drafting up as the spring buds and the better weather arrive, the jobs ranging in scale, scope and size from weeding the flower bed to constructing a new deck. With that in mind, we want to know what your summer gardening projects are and the powered gardening tools you'll be using to get them done. So,

- Have powered gardening tools changed the way you approach your out-door jobs?

- Considering that our summers in the UK are notoriously short, do you find you have enough time to get all of the jobs on your list done?

- And have powered gardening tools helped?

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Photo by Waltzer

And the other thing we're curious about is women and gardening power tools. It's a given that more men than women use power tools, and when we say power tools we're talking about hammer drills, circular saws, etc. It's almost a social stereotype. But something seems to happen whenever we step outside into our gardens. Speaking personally, I don't remember the last time I turn on our lawn mower; it's always my wife who cuts the grass (Neil says he wants astroturf laid in his garden as he doesn't cut the grass either). And our research shows that more and more women are buying powered gardening tools. Why is that? We'd love to hear from our gardening ladies. Are you buying these powered gardening tools for your own use, or are they being bought as 'gifts' for the man in your life? We happen to suspect the former! Ladies, what gardening projects are you undertaking this summer?

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