I currently have a love/hate relationship with our new garden; we exchanged a huge garden in England and for a much smaller one here in Ireland. I did not know what I was going to do with this smaller garden. We’ve been able to ignore it the last several months as the weather hasn’t really been gardening weather, but now the sun has come along, there’s no more ignoring it.
In a bid to love our new garden, I’ve spent more time out in it and realised it’s not as small as I thought it initially was and that there’s plenty of room for some of the kids play equipment as well as our patio set that we bought over with us. The more I seem to tidy the garden the bigger it started to become, something I often remind the children of when it comes to tidying their rooms. We started the weeding of the patio which made such a massive difference to how it looked, more needed to be done and VonHaus came to our rescue with sending us the 1600W pressure washer to review.
I was impressed with the size of it when it arrived; the box was a perfect fit for it, I cannot tell you how fed up I am of receiving huge boxes for small items with excess packaging. There was everything we needed right there in the box and following the instructions, putting it together was a breeze. All we had to do then was connect it to our garden hose. Our pressure washer is a high impact 1600W which is perfect for the small area we want to use it on; they do sell a 2200W pressure washer if you need one with more oomph for your garden.
Now these aren’t the shiny photos you’re usually used to seeing on the blog, but can cleaning ever look pretty? I remember trying to photograph the man doing this without getting drenched; I watched on impressed as the patio changed colour right before my eyes. The satisfaction on the man’s face was worth letting him be the one to use it, plus I couldn’t pull off the shorts & wellies look as well as what he did.
We have an outdoor storage container that was left here by the previous owners; it was caked in rotten grass, mud and cobwebs which have put me off using it. Cleaning it out with a bucket and sponge was not a job I was looking forward to, this was the perfect job for the pressure washer, and it worked a treat getting rid of all the yuckiness. Now it’s all cleaned out; I can chuck the kids garden toys into it instead of having them cluttering up the garden.
The 5m hose and 5m power cable gave us the flexibility we needed to reach all over the garden, this is going to come handy when it comes to cleaning the walls and on the next odd job day, cleaning the front drive as well as the car. It only weighs in at 5.8kg so this means it will be easier for someone who like me doesn’t like carting heavy equipment around as they try to clean.
Can you see that white mark below? That’s where I dropped a roller covered in white paint; it’s been fading the more the man attacked it with the pressure washer. The other white marks in the photo above are from where we had the trampoline on the patio and hoping there will also vanish when we next get the pressure washer out.
I thought I would show you via the wonders of video how well it was lifting the dirt and grime from our patio; it’s rather a satisfying watch as the original patio colour starts to appear.
The garden needs so much more work we’ve got to nurture the grass back to a healthy state, bring some colour into it by replacing the stones with a flower border and generally just maintain the garden but I feel like we’ve got off to a fantastic start by cleaning the patio and making it look that little bit brighter.