• Preparing your Garden for Winter

    Winter is on its way, so it’s time to do some home maintenance in preparation. Your garden may have been beautiful all summer long, but it will need some TLC before the winter weather hits. Take some time to put your garden to bed for the winter season will make your life much easier when winter’s over and it’s time to do your spring planting.

    • First clean the garden, removing dead vegetation. Old plants don’t just look untidy, they can also harbor disease, funguses, and pests. Unwanted insects that munched on your plants throughout the summer may have laid eggs on the stalks and leaves, so removing these spent plants can help prevent a fresh infestation in the spring time. If your plants are not diseased or infested, you can bury them in your garden to add organic matter to your soil.
    • Pull weeds. Invasive weeds can be troublesome when your garden is growing, so deal with them in the offseason, so they can’t get a foothold in spring. Don’t put them in the compost heap or another part of your garden, because they can remain viable. Instead, throw them away or burn them, to prevent them from disrupting next year’s garden.
    • Get your soil ready for spring. Fall is a wonderful time to amend the soil with additions like manure, compost, bone meal, kelp, or rock phosphate. because adding them now gives them time to enrich the soil before spring.
    • Prune perennials when appropriate. Many perennials benefit from a fall pruning, but do a little bit of research before you start snipping. Some plants, like blueberries and raspberries, prefer a spring pruning.
    • Plant bulbs. Three to four weeks after your flowering plants have bloomed, dig up and divide any plants that looked too crowded or straggly. If you’ve already dug up your spring bulbs, you can replant them while you’re replanting fall bulbs.
    • Regenerate your compost. It’s easy to ignore the compost heap once the heat of summer is over, but this is a mistake, because it costs you the opportunity to harvest material composted over the summer and make way for a new batch.
    • Put down some mulch. When you mulch in the fall and winter, you can reduce water loss, protect the soil from erosion, and inhibit weeds, just as you do when you mulch in summer. Cooler season mulching serves another purpose too, though, protecting the roots of garden plants from the freezing and thawing that happens in winter.

    You may not have all the gardening tools you need to get the job done right, but renting them is an inexpensive, smart alternative to investing in expensive equipment. A-1 Equipment Rentals offers the best equipment rental in Redwood City, California, with a great selection of construction equipment as well as an extensive machine and tool inventory. Whether you’re a homeowner tackling a home improvement or landscaping project or a business owner who isn’t quite ready to invest in a fleet of vehicles, we have what you need to get the job done. In addition to tools and machinery, we have a varied selection of trucks, dump trucks, and vans available, and we offer pickup and delivery service to save you the trip to our facility. Our experienced maintenance staff fixes our machinery on site, and we extend repair and maintenance services to our clientele as well. Our team members are here to make sure you have what you need to make your job go smoothly, and we’re happy to offer advice on the machinery and tools you need. To learn more about our quality options at affordable prices, contact us through our website or call (650) 369-2992 and we’ll be happy to help.

     

  • When Summer Storms become a Problem

    In the heat of summer, rainfall can be a welcome change. It breaks up the sweltering heat, cooling us down and refreshing us. Summer rain can also help keep your lawn green and lush, and there’s nothing like a lazy, rainy summer day for the sheer nap potential. On the other hand, sometimes summer storms can be problematic. From high winds to pounding water to rising floodwaters, the problems that a storm can bring can put a damper on your summer. Fortunately, there are rental tools to resolve any issue you might face.

    • When you see that a storm is coming, you can prevent damage to your property by being proactive. Trim trees to keep branches from falling on your home and damaging it, and inspect your roof before and after storms. If you find any damage, make the necessary repairs in a timely manner to keep them from becoming larger and more expensive issues. Keep your gutters clean, and repair any cracks or leaks in your foundation and walls that might let water into your home. You might also consider a sump pump for your basement, to keep excess water from creating problems.
    • If a storm gets the better of you, and there’s damage to your house and landscaping you can rent tools that will help you repair the damage. You may need tools for roof and home repair, or garden equipment to keep hedges and trees under control. If you’ve lost power, a generator can keep you running while you wait for the utility company to repair damage to power lines done by the storm.
    • If the problem you’ve experienced is a flood in your home or basement, there are rental tools for that, too. You’ll need a shop vac for cleanup, a carpet dryer if your carpet has been soaked, and submersible pumps and discharge hoses to remove water from the basement.

    Whether you’re prepping your home to weather the storms, or cleaning up after the damage has been done, A-1 Equipment Rentals has the tools you need. A-1 Equipment Rentals offers the best equipment rental in Redwood City, California, with a great selection of construction equipment as well as an extensive machine and tool inventory. Whether you’re a homeowner tackling a home improvement or landscaping project or a business owner who isn’t quite ready to invest in a fleet of vehicles, we have what you need to get the job done. In addition to tools and machinery, we have a varied selection of trucks, dump trucks, and vans available, and we offer pickup and delivery service to save you the trip to our facility. Our experienced maintenance staff fixes our machinery on site, and we extend repair and maintenance services to our clientele as well. Our team members are here to make sure you have what you need to make your job go smoothly, and we’re happy to offer advice on the machinery and tools you need. To learn more about our quality options at affordable prices, contact us through our website or call (650) 369-2992 and we’ll be happy to help.

     

     

  • Improving your Home’s Curb Appeal

    If you’re interested in selling your home, your realtor may have mentioned curb appeal. Making your house look appealing to people who are approaching it is a great way to attract a home buyer. However, even if you’re retaining your house, it doesn’t hurt to give the outside of your home a boost. Fortunately, you can give your house a facelift and it doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated.

    You may not be in a position to hire a contractor to repaint the house, replace the garage door, or do some other major work to the façade, but there are several steps you can take on your own, with no contractor required.

    • Clean up your lawn. The first step in making your house look better from the outside is to make sure your yard is neat and tidy. Mow it, pull any weeds, rake any leaves, and get rid of anything that detracts from its appearance, like scattered toys or worn-out lawn furniture. While you’re at it, spend a little time and elbow grease cleaning out your gutters.
    • Install some new greenery. Putting in new plants and flowers is a great way to give your home a fresh look and boost your curb appeal. You don’t have to spend the time, money, and effort required to put in a garden because you can get the same effect with planters or window boxes. Hanging plants are cheerful on a porch, and even one pretty plant arrangement can make a big difference in the look of your home’s exterior.
    • Pressure wash the house. Not only will this make your home look better, but it’s a very satisfying chore. It’s easy to rent and run a power washer and watch the dirt and grime peel off of your siding, walkway, driveway, and porch.
    • Touch up the paint. You don’t need to repaint the whole house, but if there’s any peeling or flaking, now is a good time to fix those minor issues. You might also consider repainting your front door in a bright pop of color, to create an eye-catching entry.
    • Make small repairs. Ripped screens, burned out bulbs, and other little flaws can detract from the overall look of your home. Walk around your house with a critical eye, making note of anything that needs a repair, and then secure the tools you need to do the work, taking an afternoon to make things perfect.
    • Create a clean path. An attractive walkway is a perfect way to lead people to your front door. If you already have a well-defined path, clean it up and consider lining it with lighting or plants. If you don’t have one, it’s not too difficult to make one out of stone or brick.
    • Brighten your fixtures. Your light fixtures and hardware can probably use some sprucing up. If you’re happy with your light fixture, clean any cobwebs or debris from around it to help it shine more brightly. If you’re not happy with it, change it or augment it with some porch string lights. If your front door’s hardware is dull or dated, replace it with something new and bright.

    When you’re ready to give your home a fresh look, it’s easy to find the tools you need to do it yourself and have the project go smoothly. A-1 Equipment Rentals offers the best equipment rental in Redwood City, California, with a great selection of construction equipment as well as an extensive machine and tool inventory. Whether you’re a homeowner tackling a home improvement or landscaping project or a business owner who isn’t quite ready to invest in a fleet of vehicles, we have what you need to get the job done. In addition to tools and machinery, we have a varied selection of trucks, dump trucks, and vans available, and we offer pickup and delivery service to save you the trip to our facility. Our experienced maintenance staff fixes our machinery on site, and we extend repair and maintenance services to our clientele as well. Our team members are here to make sure you have what you need to make your job go smoothly, and we’re happy to offer advice on the machinery and tools you need. To learn more about our quality options at affordable prices, contact us through our website or call (650) 369-2992 and we’ll be happy to help.

     

  • Keep your Lawn Healthy This Summer

    It’s summer, and your lawn has probably grown rapidly throughout the spring. The summer is a strange time for lawn care because the grass continues to grow quickly, but the excessive heat may prove damaging. What’s the best way to keep your lawn healthy and thriving?

    • First, make sure you’re cutting it properly. Schedule your mowing based on the weather, because when it’s raining and the grass is growing quickly, you may need to cut it at least once a week. On the other hand, if it’s dry and hot, the lawn will not need to be mowed as often. No matter how often you mow it, make sure to leave it long, because doing so keeps the roots cooler and promotes growth. How much should you take off? A good rule of thumb is to never remove more than one-third of your grass’s height at one time.
    • Feed your lawn. A lawn needs regular watering, but it also needs fertilizer. Fertilize when it’s not too hot and dry because fertilizing in the heat of summer can burn your lawn and encourage tender new growth that will have trouble surviving the hot weather. As to watering, it’s important to avoid overwatering, so don’t irrigate your lawn if it’s already been raining.
    • Consider reseeding if your yard does not fare well over the summer. It’s best to wait for fall to reseed, but if circumstances arise that make you reluctant to wait, you can reseed in summer with a warm-weather variety like Bermuda grass. If you choose to do this, make sure to keep the new sod moist, so that it has a chance to get established.

    If you need tools to take the best care of your yard, A-1 Equipment Rentals has everything you need, from mowers to fertilizers to weed eaters and more. A-1 Equipment Rentals offers the best equipment rental in Redwood City, California, with a great selection of construction equipment as well as an extensive machine and tool inventory. Whether you’re a homeowner tackling a home improvement or landscaping project or a business owner who isn’t quite ready to invest in a fleet of vehicles, we have what you need to get the job done. In addition to tools and machinery, we have a varied selection of trucks, dump trucks, and vans available, and we offer pickup and delivery service to save you the trip to our facility. Our experienced maintenance staff fixes our machinery on site, and we extend repair and maintenance services to our clientele as well. Our team members are here to make sure you have what you need to make your job go smoothly, and we’re happy to offer advice on the machinery and tools you need. To learn more about our quality options at affordable prices, contact us through our website or call (650) 369-2992 and we’ll be happy to help.

     

     

     

  • Essential Spring Lawn Maintenance Tips

    A beautiful lawn needs regular maintenance, and the spring presents the perfect time. Watch this video for a few essential spring lawn maintenance tips and to learn what equipment rentals you might need.

    Weeds can take away from your home’s curb appeal, so the first spring lawn maintenance step you should take is to remove any weeds you find. You can also aerate the areas that see the most traffic to keep the whole lawn looking even. Aerating any area of dead grass can help new growth and contribute to a gorgeous lawn of which you can be proud. While feeding your lawn is important, it’s important not to overfeed with fertilizer.

    Feel free to call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992 to learn all about the equipment rentals we offer in Oakland. You can also visit our website to learn about our tractors, generator rentals, and garden equipment. If you live in the area, stop in and meet us for more information.

  • Getting Your Lawn Ready for the Spring Season

    Spring is just around the corner, so it’s time to start getting your Redwood City area home ready for spring cleaning! Start by making sure that your lawn and garden are ready for the growing season so you can enjoy your lush, green grass all summer long. Here are some tips to help you get your lawn ready for the spring, and the lawn and garden equipment you should pick up from your local tool rental service.

    Loosen Your Top Soil lawn mower rental redwood city

    The top-most layer of soil on your lawn has likely been compacted and hardened during the winter. Your first task should be to freshen your topsoil by agitating it using a metal rake. Raking removes dead matter and debris, and scrapes away the top few inches of your lawn to allow air and water through. For especially hard soil, rent an aerator to further agitate the soil.

    Re-Seed and Fertilize

    Once you’ve cleaned up and aerated your lawn, start reestablishing your lawn by re-seeding. Rent a hand-held or broadcast seeder to evenly spread new seeds throughout your yard focusing on bare spots. You can also use your broadcast seeder to spread fertilizer after seeding. Using this equipment will help to ensure even seed and fertilizer coverage for thick grass growth.

    Apply Mulch

    Once you’ve seeded and fertilized your lawn, add a thick layer of mulch to protect your seeds. Mulch will help to contain moisture to encourage quick germination, but will also keep birds and other pests away from your seeds. Organic mulches also help to encourage the growth of microorganisms that help to enrich your soil, and will break down over time to add additional nutrients.

    Mow Regularly

    With consistent watering in those first couple weeks after reseeding, you should see significant grass growth! Make sure you have a high-quality lawn mower with a sharp blade ready to keep your grass looking neat and healthy throughout the spring and summer.

    For all your garden and lawn-tool needs, visit A-1 Equipment Rental Center in Redwood City! Call 650-369-2992 to make a reservation.

  • A Look at Compaction Equipment

    compaction equipment rental redwood city When you are updating the landscaping on your property or are preparing an area for a new building project, you may find yourself in need of compaction equipment. Compaction equipment is used to compact and stabilize soil so that it is ready for the building process. When you visit a rental shop offering generator rental near San Mateo, you may want to check out their inventory of compaction tools. For example, rammers can be used to compress soil in smaller areas. To compact very loose soil, you may be in need of a vibrating place compactor. In very tight spaces, vibro tampers may also be used.

    To learn more about the different types of compaction equipment , contact A-1 Equipment Rental Center by calling (650) 369-2992. With our great selection of dallies, tractors, and trenching equipment, you will be ready for your next project. Our team looks forward to assisting you with your upcoming tool rental.

  • When to Use a Lawn Roller

    lawn equipment rental redwood city Do you aim to have the best-manicured lawn on the block? Then you will probably use a lawn roller at some point. This type of equipment rental should only be used in certain situations, however, or it may be counterproductive. Read on to find out when to use a lawn roller.

    A lawn roller will help you pack your soil so that your new lawn will be as fresh and healthy as it can. You can help your seeds germinate more quickly by using your roller after you have spread the seeds across your lawn. Be sure to use your lawn roller while the soil is dry, but water the lawn right afterwards. If you are using sod then you can roll the dry soil, lay down the sod, and then water the grass so that the roots will establish well.

    If you are in the market for a lawn roller, feel free to contact A-1 Equipment Rental Center or visit our website. It is our mission to offer high quality equipment rentals in San Francisco. You can learn much more about our augers, air tools, and generators by calling us at (650) 369-2992 or meeting with us today.

  • Using a Log Splitter to Make Firewood

    equipment rental redwood city Although most modern homes are equipped with up to date heating systems, sitting around the fireplace still has its charm. With the right equipment rentals, you can even make your own firewood with ease. Here is an overview of using a log splitter to make firewood.

    Using a log splitter is straightforward, but it is important that you take your time and operate your equipment safely. Once you have ensured that your splitter has enough fuel and oil, you can then power on your equipment. Take your log and place it on top of the wedge, and then activate the machine so that it splits your log. The activation mechanism varies from model to model, and it may be a button or a lever. Talk to your equipment rental professional to learn more about your specific log splitter before taking it home to make firewood.

    Are you looking for a quality log splitter? Call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992. We offer a range of equipment rentals in Oakland, from generators and air compressors to dollies, drills, and blowers. Visit our website or stop in and see us if you would like to learn more about our services today.

  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Using a Hedge Trimmer

    Trimming your hedges is one way to boost your curb appeal and keep up with your home aesthetic. However, it is important that you understand how to use this equipment rental safely and effectively. Read on for a step-by-step guide to using a hedge trimmer.

    Planning Out Your Design hedge trimmer rental redwood city

    Unless you are unfathomably experienced in using a hedge trimmer, it is not a good idea to freehand your work. Instead, map out your plan in advance. Picture what you want the end result of your hedge trimming to look like, and decide how you will make it happen. Proper hedge design can increase the curb appeal of your home as well as help your hedges stay healthy. It is typically a good idea to go for an A shape , which helps sunlight get to the roots of the hedges.

    Guiding the Trimmer

    If you have never used a hedge trimmer before, start off on the lowest setting. Get a handle on the vibration you will feel and the way you can move it through your hedges. You can trim the sides of your hedges using vertical motions, and you can create shapes on top using horizontal or rounded motions. It is crucial that you keep both of your hands on the hedge trimmer at all times in order to maintain control of the machine. This will improve the look of your hedges as well as maintain your personal safety.

    Using Your Equipment Safely

    As is the case with any project, it is important to be cautious when working with powerful equipment. Wait until the rain stops if you have an electric hedge trimmer, and only trim areas that you can reach; standing on a stepladder is not advisable when trimming your hedges, especially if you are inexperienced.

    A-1 Equipment Rental Center is happy to offer all kinds of equipment rentals in San Mateo. From air compressors and drills to wedding decoration rentals, we can help you with your next project or event. Please do not hesitate to give us a call at (650) 369-2992 or visit our website for more information.