Garden equipment in Spain

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Garden equipment in Spain

Postby TishTash » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:53 am

Hello all,

First post - we will "hopefully" be purchasing a house in Gibraleon, Huelva which comes with a nice plot of 3000m2, this is mainly planted with fruit trees at the moment. I can see that most of the plants have died due to the current owners being back in the UK and leaving the house empty. Some trees will also need to be removed for the same reason.

We are looking to purchase various gardening items to be able to look after a plot this size which will include things like a rotovator, chain saw etc etc. Do you think it's cheaper to get this things in Spain or should I buy here before moving?

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Re: Garden equipment in Spain

Postby El Cid » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:28 am

Buy it all in Spain. There are many huge superstores selling the stuff and you won't have to worry about a warranty. And of course you always have Amazon Spain as an option and they stock as much as the UK store.

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Re: Garden equipment in Spain

Postby TishTash » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:05 am

Thanks for the quick response El Cid. After reading your post I did a quick comparison of items between UK Amazon and Spanish Amazon and as it turns out all the equipment is cheaper in Spain. Didn't think about Amazon, so thanks for the tip :)

We will buy it all in Spain then :)

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Re: Garden equipment in Spain

Postby TorreDelAguila » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:09 am

Positive advantages to buying many goods in Spain: the full 2-year minimum EU Consumer warranty is always in place, where many sellers in the UK (illegally, SFAIK) run out just 12 months. Reading some product Warranty pages, for individual countries, confirms this.
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Re: Garden equipment in Spain

Postby Gasman » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:58 pm

Also when you get to Gibraleon, dont just look at the likes of Leroy Merlin (their specialist garden etc shop is just down the road at Alaraje, across the river from Huelva) but check out your local shops - we have found that the likes of rotavators (laboradores), chain saws (moto-serras), and all the accessories for them, are better bought at the local specialist - as newbies you will probably need to use lots of sign language and pointing at catalogues etc, but it is all part of the fun and will introduce you to useful people in town and give a more personalised service when you need it. Also look out for a garden shop which will provide you with all the seedlings you need for planting out, new trees available at the right season for planting, bug killers, fertilisers, chicken-feeders, not to mention spades, rakes, machetes, etc etc.
You will probably find another shop to provide you will all you need for irrigation, drip feeds, pipes, joints, timer switches - and you will be amazed at how many drippers and joints you can get for your euro!
Have fun and keep in touch as to how the moves goes!!

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Re: Garden equipment in Spain

Postby El Cid » Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:54 pm

TorreDelAguila wrote:Positive advantages to buying many goods in Spain: the full 2-year minimum EU Consumer warranty is always in place, where many sellers in the UK (illegally, SFAIK) run out just 12 months. Reading some product Warranty pages, for individual countries, confirms this.


Beware of the 2 year EU warranty - it is really only a six month warranty. In the first 6 months the fault is deemed to have been present at the time of sale and it must be replaced repaired or refunded. During the remaining 18 months it is up to the buyer to prove that the fault existed at the time of sale - and that is often impossible.

The same warranty applies in the UK, but it is rarely used as most goods are provided with at least a years "proper" warranty and anyway either of those options are overridden by the UK Sale of Goods act which gives far higher protection - possibly up to 6 years.

Of course, it would be difficult to take advantage of that if you had bought in the UK and were now in Spain.

Many retailers in Spain give much better warranties. Bauhaus gives a 5 year warranty on some items and all Lidl household products have a 3 year warranty (and they honour it).

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Re: Garden equipment in Spain

Postby jhonie99 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:32 am

Don't be in any hurry buying anything until you need it. Get a feel for the place first.

I seem to notice that the Brits want to buy ALL the tools and equipment before they even start work.

Also, dead looking trees aren't always dead. Give 'em water for a few months and then leave for a year. You might be surprised at the recovery.

We call rotavators motoazadas down here.

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Re: Garden equipment in Spain

Postby Gasman » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:25 pm

Just to add to Jhonie99's post - we have noticed that almond trees in particular look dreadfully dead when the hot dry weather takes over. Miraculously they provide their glorious bloosom in January, and then the leaves pop out again. We have rows of them along our main road which DIE every year about now .... and spring back to life every spring.

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Re: Garden equipment in Spain

Postby TishTash » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:11 am

Thank you all for your responses. I fully intend to wait till I need the equipment before buying it. But I know that with 3000 ms grounds, I will be needing a lot of it straight away :) I will sort out an irrigation system first and get those trees watered to see if they spring back to life as I would rather not remove them if there is a chance they might revive.

Does anyone know if sleepers are cheap in Spain? I would like to be able to do a raised veg plot and am thinking that sleepers would be ideal, but I have a feeling that bricks and rendering will be a lot cheaper.

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Re: Garden equipment in Spain

Postby El Cid » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:15 am

Almond trees, once established should need no irrigation. They do all the flowering, fruiting and growing in Jan/Mar when the ground has normally had the winter rains. We have over 100 trees and they are not irrigated.

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Re: Garden equipment in Spain

Postby TishTash » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:24 am

Good to know, thank you Sid. I suspect that these trees have been neglected for some time and they are only young, so I doubt they will revive, but I'm always hopeful. There are spaces where trees once grew which are now empty so I imagine they have dug a few up already. They had nice neat rows of trees and now that is dotted with vacant spots. I will be making a list of trees that will fill those holes for the future. As much as I love Almonds, I have no need for more than 1 tree!

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Re: Garden equipment in Spain

Postby gerryh » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:38 am

As Sid says no need for irrigation.
Around where I live there are almond, pomegranate, carob and fig trees that are totally neglected but they thrive on the occasional rain shower. All bear fruit when in season.
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Re: Garden equipment in Spain

Postby TishTash » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:43 am

Point noted regarding the irrigation. Thank you. I would have probably ended up using my hose pipe for watering them (till the irrigation system was set up) and wasted my water and time! Does anyone know where I can find out which fruiting trees grow well in Andalucia? I understand that apples and pears need a period of cold that isn't available in that area, but I wonder what trees will thrive?

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Re: Garden equipment in Spain

Postby El Cid » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:05 pm

Citrus, Olive, Almond, Mango, Avocado, Cherimoya, Nispero, Guava, Papaya all grow here on the Granada coast. I think the climate here is good for such fruit which is why they call it the Costa Tropical. Facing the Atlantic will be somewhat different. Just look around at what is growing locally.

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