While very few gardeners own heavy equipment such as a rotavator, it is perhaps the most common item in the lifetime of any green-fingered allotment owner that occasions a visit to the local hire shop. Despite with the possibilities these days for arranging rotavator hire online in the UK and having it delivered by the hire shop, the idea of popping down the local hire supplier is perhaps outmoded. In any case, hiring a rotavator once or twice a year, to reinvigorate the soil of your garden and prepare it for planting, is an increasingly popular option among those who work the land. When hiring a rotavator, consider the following:
What type of rotavator?
All good hire suppliers of rotavators will usually be able to advise you on the best machine for the job, depending on the size and consistency of the plot you are planning to cultivate. In general, most small allotments can be turned effectively by small, petrol-engined rotavators not that much larger than the average lawnmower. For larger plots or harder earth, you may need to invest in something with a bit more power.
Keep an eye on the weather forecast.
It may be spring or summer but the UK weather is notorious fickle, so do a careful check of forecasts before committing to hire a rotavator. If the skies open and the rain comes, your rotavator is only likely to turn the wet earth into a mud bath, and could very well get stuck in the mud. You need clear weather to effectively rotavate your garden.
Although the rotavator is motorized, bear in mind that it's a heavy piece of equipment that needs a fair amount of strength to guide. It tends to follow the lay of the land, and handling one is not for the puny. Having said that, it takes all the back breaking work out of raking your plot manually. However, do not go ordering a super-sized rotavator if you're frail – chances are, the rotavator will end up controlling you, rather than the other way round.
With so many suppliers offering rotavator hire for short-term lease, competition is stiff. This is good news for the gardener. Shop around for the best deal in your area, as decent rotavators can be had for as little as 40 quid a day. That's a great saving in sweat!