Hello everybody I've been reading this website extensively for the last 2 weeks. Thank you for all the great help and advice on this site.. its amazing!!!!
Also, sorry if I should be posting this somewhere else, but this is my first post!
I'm just starting a garden maintenance business after many years working behind a desk (going back to my roots as a farmer's son). I'm incredibly excited about getting started, after spending the last year as a "stay at home Dad." Money is tight starting out & as I'm sure you all appreciate that while I'm not buying everything on my list right away, I certainly can't afford to buy bad gear.
I'm a 1 man band, focusing on maintenance & quick tidy ups... staying away from hard landscaping (hoping its easy to develop relationship with somebody).
We moved to the city 3 years ago & broke my heart doing up our own little garden using all the "retail garbage" tools available in the local hardware places.
So now that I'm taking this seriously I need serious tools that won't break after mild strain. This is what I've decided (nearly decided) on so far:
Power tools: Stihl for my new strimmer, leaf blower, & hedge cutter. I was tempted to go for Tanaka for some of these, but found a great Stihl dealer who gets me almost wholesale prices :)
Hard Hand Tools (spade, fork): Probably True Temper (carbon steel, not stainless)
Other Hand Tools: Probably Wolf Gartner (rake, hoe, trowel etc)
Pruning Saw (pocket sheath & telescopic): jury is still out, thinking Silky would be best, but might just go with Wolf Gartner as its cheaper & a local nursery stocks them.
Lawn Mower: Completely undecided. I've looked at a Rover with swinging blades for nearly 1,000, & a rotary Garden Flight for 500. Not sure what width to get!!
Reference Books: Chiefly RHS (loads of them) including a plant encyclopaedia, & I've ordered Paul Power's start garden business book, but have yet to come across a great "what/when not to prune guide"
Vehicle: wow this is hard! Tool security & passengers were my initial considerations. I've been through all sorts of options! I do the school run with my 2 young kids, but in the end decided on a small van (such as a ford connect or vw caddy). This will mean returning home to collect the van after school run with the family car, but the space compromise of a double cab pickup or larger van with a crew cab made either option pointless. For now I'm just going to use the family car which is a hatchback, but once clients start coming in & sums start to add up I'll get a 5-10 year old dedicated vehicle & have 100% decided on a small van (until I can afford bigger;)
Clothing: Just using what I have for now, but will be getting some Englebert Strauss when things get going.
Gloves: local supermarket brand & if it gets really cold some leather musto fingerless with neoprene backing (designed for sailing).
I'd really appreciate your feedback on the above.
Everything I've read on this site is pure gold, & I know you guys will steer me right.
And thank you for all the great advice on this site which has gotten me this far!