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Find Affordable, Reliable Gardeners in Your Area
If you've just relocated or have never hired a gardener before you probably have a lot of questions. How much do gardeners charge? What services do they provide? How many times a month, season or year do they need to come by?
In this guide to hiring gardeners we will cover everything you need to know to find the best gardener in your area.
The type of gardening services that are available in your area vary from gardener to gardener and are partially dependent on the region that you live in. A good gardener will take into account what the season is, which plants are native to your area and most importantly what it is that you want for your yard.
Most all gardeners will mow your lawn but here are a few more services that they can provide:
- Trimming hedges
It's important to let a gardener know if you want to stick to a certain look or style in your yard, like Oriental or Formal, before they start working. If you want to revamp and redesign your outdoor area you may want to consider hiring a landscaper rather than a gardener.
Rates for Gardener Services
The rates for hiring a gardener can vary a great deal. Gardeners in your area may charge by the hour or per service. Many gardeners can give you an estimate, but they may need to come by your home and evaluate everything before giving you a more accurate amount. It's important that you have a firm understanding of how much everything costs before you hire a gardener.
Typically you can expect to pay somewhere between $15-30 per hour. If your gardener is an independent business owner then you may be able to negotiate prices with them, especially if you plan on using their services on a regular basis over a long period of time. After both parties have agreed to the payment terms get everything in writing.
How to Find the Best Gardeners
Before you begin looking for a gardener there are a few thing to consider. First off, take some time to evaluate your yard and/or garden and really assess your needs. If your budget is tight prioritize your needs and put them into two lists: what you have the ability to do yourself and another for what you need assistance with because you either don't know how to do it or don't have the tools to get it done. Keep in mind that you can rent equipment from local home improvement stores for fairly reasonable rental rates, but DIY projects that go wrong can cost you more in the long run.
Recommendations from friends and family are a great way to find a gardener you can trust. Get some personal recommendations and then use the internet and other resources to learn more about their services, rates and experience.
Once you've decided which gardener to go with, schedule an appointment time when you'll be able to be at your home. For safety purposes you shouldn't give a new gardener access information into your home. Instead, be there to greet the gardener and answer any questions he or she may have.