Book garden maintenance and care services from the #1 gardeners in Brisbane, Toowoomba and Gold Coast
How to know if you need a gardener’s assistance?
Some gardening jobs do not require experts. Anybody can do some of these tasks. Others, however, need an expert intervention. The health and well-being of your lawn depend on your ability to determine what the yard needs at any given moment.
The first hint is your schedule. You need a gardener’s assistance if your tight schedule makes it impossible to give your lawn the much-needed attention. In many ways, the yard is like a family or business. It needs your presence and undivided attention if you’re unavailable.
When you begin seeing grass and weeds blossoming in your yard, your next act should be picking up the phone to call a gardener. A lawn should be well kept. If you can’t do this, then hire someone who can so that it stays in excellent condition at all times.
You know your abilities better than anybody else. If your abilities make it impossible to do any meaningful gardening work, do not hesitate to contact a professional gardener for assistance. Otherwise, you will end up creating a bigger mess, which takes more time and money to fix.
Some of the gardening work that could force you to hire a gardener includes:
What types of garden care services are typically covered?
Several types of lawn care services are typically uncovered. However, a number of them are covered. Landscaping is a fully covered lawn care service. Most lawn care professionals also need proper and valid insurance before they begin offering their services.
The fact that maintenance work involves working outdoors where you’re exposed to the elements makes insurance necessary. Gardeners and lawn care professionals who operate small businesses need to invest in employers’ liability insurance too.
How to choose the right gardener for you?
Finding the right gardener might seem easy on paper. The truth, however, is that it is anything but easy. First, you have to know the qualities to look for in such a professional. Then you have to consider your budget and the nature of work you want to be done in the yard.
One of the most important factors to consider is the gardener’s qualifications. It pays to hire a gardener with professional qualifications. Physical fitness is equally important considering that gardening work is labor intensive.
Next, check whether the gardener has all the legal requirements. The gardener should report to work with his tools. A gardener who uses your tools is no longer a contractor but your employee. In such cases, you assume liability for the injuries he might suffer while working with your tools.
Ask the gardener to quote his price. In fact, ask several gardeners to quote their rates before settling on one who provides quality services at affordable rates. Pricing should never discourage you from hiring any lawn carer who has built a reputation for guaranteeing quality work always.
Do you need a regular schedule or is a once-off gardener enough?
This depends on several factors.
For example, a garden that has some exotic and highly sensitive plants or trees might require regular maintenance. On the other hand, a garden that needs to be watered regularly requires frequent inspection and monitoring to ascertain that all is well.
What the gardener charges you for services rendered determines whether you will recall him or not. Some gardeners charge exorbitant rates; thus, making rehiring a bit difficult. The nature and amount of work the gardener has to do also determine whether a one-off arrangement is enough.
There are times when you might hire a gardener once simply because you wish to know how to do a specific gardening work. Once the gardener leaves and you feel you possess the skills to do the work alone, there won’t be a need for rehiring this contractor.
Similarly, you may need a gardener only once – probably after a heavy downpour or serious storm. In such instances, the gardener’s main responsibility is to check the state of the garden and inform you what needs to be done.
That said, scheduled arrangements are also acceptable. Feel free to agree with the gardener about the needs of the garden that have to be regularly addressed. The once-a-week arrangement is usually enough – though this depends on your budget and amount of work the garden requires.
How best to garden
There is a right and wrong way of gardening. Professionals are trained and experienced at doing this type of work properly. Otherwise, almost everybody else either gets it or not. The process involved is rather simple. It’s as follows:
- Selecting the right location
- Testing the soil
- Researching the area
- Gathering and preparing tools
- Preparing the soil
- Arranging the plants
- Planting the garden
- Adding mulch
- Watering the plants
Research is crucial to identify the types of plants that do well in your area. Do not forget to do weeding where necessary. Hedging and pruning maintenance will also be necessary to ensure that all plants grow healthy and strong.
It’s important to know what it takes to keep the garden healthy. Regular inspection is necessary to identify any disease that threatens the health of your plants. Immediate solutions are needed to prevent them from spreading and destroying the hard work you put in planting the garden.
Remember to clean up during the fall. Applying correct fertilizers is something worth taking seriously too. Planting disease-resistant varieties is highly advisable. As long as you follow this guideline, your garden will grow well.
Tips for maintaining your own garden
It’s important to learn how to keep the garden in pristine condition. The main objective in garden maintenance is to identify and solve problems early. Proper maintenance begins with sparing time to merely walk around the garden and see how it’s doing.
Maintaining your garden requires the following essential tools:
- Garden fork
- Soil rake
- Garden hose
- Watering wand
- Digital water timer
- Multi-purpose garden knife
- Cape Cod weeder
- Tape measure
- Pruning saw
The fact that you don’t have any of these tools should not discourage you from any garden maintenance task. Talk with your friends or neighbours to see if they can lend you their tools to use for a few hours or days.