Three Inspiring Summer Landscaping Projects:

As summer hits, temperatures rise. Whether you’re trying to make the most of the outdoors or beat the heat, the summer months are a great opportunity to tackle the home renovations you’ve been putting off!

There are plenty of resources available to help make your summer projects affordable. A variety of online “do-it-yourself” sites and video tutorials can help simplify the most intimidating landscaping projects and lower labor costs. Renting a truck or tools can help lower gas and equipment costs.

To help get you started, here are three rewarding summer landscaping ideas:

Plant a Summer Garden:

Nothing beautifies the exterior of your home like a garden. Planting vegetable seeds can reduce your grocery bills and allow you to enjoy heirloom produce. Select your plants carefully: plants that require less water mean less time spent outside watering. Also, remember to plan ahead: doing the proper research to maximize your summer garden can take time.

Construct a Deck:

The summer months offer the most opportunities to enjoy your deck or patio. If you’re looking to host a big barbeque or birthday party, a stunning deck will go a long way towards creating your personal outdoor paradise. Deck projects can range from constructing a new deck to improving an existing deck with a fresh coat of paint.

Build a Fence:

Adding a simple fence to your property is a great way to enhance or exterior. Protecting your lawn from animals will reduce your summer lawn work. With a complimentary coat of paint, a new fence can make your house pop and add a visually pleasing element to your yard.

With the right tools and proper planning, any project is possible! Contact A-1 Rental Center to rent the equipment or trucks you need to complete your summer landscaping project. For a free quote, call (650) 369-2992 or visit our website to see which tool rental will add the most to your landscaping project.


Tips for Keeping Cost and Time Down on Remodeling Projects

These days, saving money is a top priority for most people. However, important home improvement projects don’t need to be pushed aside to accomodate a tighter budget. A little planning can go a long way toward reducing your home improvement spending. Efficiency is also important—why not spend less time renovating and more time enjoying your renovations?

Savvy consumer can turn their renovation dreams into reality without breaking the bank. Here are just a few strategies for cutting down your project costs:

Plan renovation goals to fit your budget:

Smaller-scale projects designed to personalize individual rooms have begun to overtake wide scale home renovation. Strategically focusing home improvement to highlight the existing features of your home can help eliminate the need for costlier projects.

Ask a friend for help:

Enlisting the aid of a friend can help make simple remodeling jobs quicker and easier. For larger jobs, employing the aid of several friends can drastically reduce the costs of labor.

Green upgrades save green:

Investments in greener technologies can really pay off in the long run! These green upgrades can range from simple fixes that reduce utility costs to installing more efficient appliances. Both have potential to make a big impact on your long-term utility costs.

Alternate supply sources cut costs:

If you’re planning a large-scale project, it’s important to consider your supply budget. Searching for salvage materials online or attending auctions can help you find cheap materials.

Rental equipment offers a big value:

Whether you’re building a deck or repairing a table, you’re going to need tools. A well-coordinated tool or truck rental can eliminate the need to purchase expensive equipment or save time on transportation.

At A-1 Rental Center, we have the rental equipment and trucks rentals you need to move your project to completion. For a free quote, call (650) 369-2992 or visit our website to see which tool rental will work best for your remodeling project.


Like what you see Here? More Great Resources Are Waiting!

Our recent blogs have included information on renting a dump truck and the landscaping tools that can help you get the job done.  If you’re looking for more information on these topics, then check out these great resources.

  • In order to better understand the history and functionality of a dump truck, an overview is provided on wikipedia.org.
  • Everyday-wisdom.com understands that you'll need different tools in order to successfully complete your landscaping project.
  • If you're taking on landscaping, professionally or personally, then you're going to need some equipment. eHow.com provides an overview of what you need to get started.
  • Newsaegis.com has information on pruning and hedge trimming, which are keys to landscaping success. 

At A-1 Equipment Rental Center we have everything you need to get your project done.  For more information please visit our website or give us a call at 650.241.3105.


Aerial Lift Safety Tips

Aerial lifts are convenient and helpful during many large construction projects.  An aerial lift allows a worker to maneuver vertically and horizontally.  However, as this video explains, it is very important that only trained professionals use an aerial lift.

There are several different types of aerial lifts.  The slab model is small, often used indoors, and can be operated on concrete or asphalt. Rough terrain units are most often used outside at construction sites. They have air-pressurized tires.  To learn more about aerial lifts, watch this video.

At A-1 Rental Center, we have a lot of equipment rental options, from trucks to tools and more.  Call us today at (650) 369-2992 if you have questions about an aerial lift or visit our website to see our inventory.


5 Important Tools You'll Need for Serious Landscaping Jobs

The correct tools can make all the difference in the success of your landscaping plans.  This is especially true of major landscaping jobs, in which tractor rentals or tool rentals will dramatically improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your labor.

Consider the following important tools you'll need to handle your serious landscaping jobs.

  1. Truck: If you're re-sodding your lawn or dealing with any sort of excavation, then you'll need a truck to haul out the dirt and vegetation you're getting rid of.  Depending on the size of your project, you may choose from a ½ ton truck rental to a dump truck rental.  Either way, this will simplify any excavation for the project.
  2. Sod Cutter: By going to your tool rental store and getting a technologically advanced sod cutter, you can take advantage of equipment that offers 75% less vibration, making your new grass a whole lot easier to get in.
  3. Hedge Trimmer: Gnarly bushes and hedges are the enemy of any landscaper.  This is where pruning tools or a hedge trimmer will make your job effective and efficient.
  4. Edger: As any professional landscaper knows, the perimeter of your yard is the defining moment.  By using a landscaping edger, you'll be able to create a sharp, definitive, and controlled appearance.
  5. Mower: If you don't already have one, then they are available at your equipment rental store and will help put the finishing touches on your finely groomed landscape.

At A-1 Rental Center, we have the landscaping equipment rentals you need to get the job done right.  For a free quote, call (650) 369-2992 or visit our website to see which tool rental will work the best for your landscaping project. 


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