Tool rental vs doing it by hand
Well, I tried to work on edging a bed this weekend (against the evil quack grass that I see others on here are battling), but boy is my back hurting. So now I'm thinking of renting a mini-excavator. It's $206 a day plus tax, so I may take a day off work and just dig the trenches for all the beds. And at the same time, I'll dig the hole for my dry well that I need for the water softener.
So, when you have a big job do you rent a tool or help, or do you do it by hand?
Here's some trenching pics: