We have a huge garden, with a big lawn, apple trees, plum and cherry tree, flower boarders, sadly neither myself or my husband are keen gardeners and find just cutting the grass a chore.
My Dad used to be a keen gardener, until he had his stroke and his love seems to have disappeared, and our poor garden has been showing that, and turning more and more into a jungle than a garden.
We recently made the decision to hire a gardener, to turn our jungle back into a family garden again, we had no idea where to start, so I turned to Facebook and sent out a recommendations request. I got a few do not use, but did get a recommendation from my friends son, as his friend had his own business. I did check his work and made contact and he seemed polite, which always goes a long with me.
He came around, I had warned him of the state of our garden, and he seemed keen to take on the challenge and booked us in for the following week. We agreed two hours a week and basically told him our garden is in his hands and to tidy it up.
I have to say we really have been lucky, he is a very hard worker and our garden is starting to look like a proper garden again.
When deciding if you need to hirer a gardener there are lots of things to consider first, what would you require them to do?
- Garden Maintenance
- Lawn Care
- Border Work
- Soft landscaping
- Plant Care
- Do they have qualifications
- Do they have recommendations
- Do they have a minimum call out charge
- Do they offer fixed rates
- What is there hourly rate
If you are thinking of getting a gardener, ask them to visit so you can talk about what you want and get a proper quotation before deciding on hiring.