Do you always intend to relax in your garden but don’t ever seem to have time to stay up on weeds or are you frustrated trying to keep plants thriving? Hiring a knowledgable professional is worth the cost and can even save you money in the long run. Having a nice landscape also increases the value of your home and makes it more desirable, a trait that also makes homes sell faster on the market. A nice thought out landscape really stands out!
When you hire a gardener, you’re paying for their knowledge and hard work. There are lots of ‘landscapers’ out there, but it takes a good education, experience, and great interest to become a professional who has a great skill set to take care of a garden properly. It takes a lot of work, thought, and planning to maintain a great looking garden. Hiring a professional gardener can make a really big difference in the look of your landscape.
Below are 6 thoughts on why hiring a gardener is beneficial to you and why the expense of a professional gardener is well worth it.
#1 Enjoy The Time In Your Garden Instead of Tending It!
Even the smallest of gardens need some work each week during the growing season. Then there’s spring cleanup, fall maintenance, winterizing, and planning for next year. Hiring a gardener means you can free up your time for other important things. It also means you can just enjoy your garden instead of thinking about what needs to be done. Even if you enjoy some garden work, you can hire a gardener to do a bulk of the harder work to reduce the stress in getting it done.
#2 Mistakes Can Be Minimized
Hiring a professional gardener can be worth the cost especially over time. Have you ever experienced ‘stingy man pays the most’? All of us at some point has probably had the experience of taking a shortcut. It may have ended up costing us later whether it was time, money, or stress!
One of the most costly mistakes in gardening is using plants that do not do well in a landscape. This could mean plants dying, plants that require too much maintenance, planting an invasive plant that takes over, or putting in a too large to small of plant. A skilled gardener or designer can prevent this from happening by recommending plants that are going to succeed and removing those that won’t.
A very knowledgable gardener can also pinpoint potential problems and recommend solutions before things get out of hand. This could be pointing out problematic trees, invasive weeds or plants, plants that will destroy buildings, or plant diseases/insect infestations.
Real Experience: While working for a client, I suggested some invasive trees and shrubs be removed that would eventually grow large and destroy the wood fence. The owners were unaware this could happen. Replacing the fence would be very costly and time consuming! I removed the invasive shrubs and trimmed the tree to buy some time before it needs to be removed. If this had been caught earlier the tree could have been easily removed by the homeowner or a gardener, but now it will have to be completely removed by a tree service. For another client I suggested the removal of an invasive shrub that was sending thousands of seedlings into the nearby garden bed. This will save on a lot of maintenance and now the plant won’t be taking over.
#3 A Professional Gardener Knows Their Stuff
Someone who gardens for a living will know what plants will look great in the space they are given. They can pick out plants that are going to work within the landscape and your tastes. Professional gardeners or designers have a special eye for this and will pick up on things others may not notice.
- A gardener will know how to make a garden interesting throughout the whole year
- Where to purchase the best plants and materials
- Knows how to prune properly. Bad pruning can cause a plant to become mis-shaped or unhealthy to the point it should be removed
- Knows how to mulch properly and best types of mulch
- Is detailed and cleans up
- Is willing to research issues when needed
- Points out issues in the garden and how to solve them
- Knows plants and how to take care of them
- Addesses any mistakes they may have made
- Are dependable and on time
#4 They’re Efficient and Have the Right Tools
A professional gardener will be more efficient and likely faster at garden work because they know proper methods and have good tools. Even cheaply made garden tools can be costly and quality garden tools are an investment. A good gardener also takes the time to clean tools after use to prevent spread of disease and to maintenance the tools regularly.
#5 Gardening Is Hard Work
Lots of people have shared experiences in spending a day gardening and waking up the next morning not being able to move! Some of us may not be able to physically endure garden work. Doing a lot of gardening can be really hard on the body, especially if we are not used to it. Crouching on the ground, bending at odd angles, living heavy objects, digging, pulling on weeds, and getting up and down are all tough jobs and take a lot of energy. Theres also bees, wasps, poison ivy, snakes, disease carrying ticks, sunburns, heat stroke, wind burn, cold temperatures, and rain.
A gardener has to remain strong and be smart about it. This type of hard work requires keeping in shape and maybe even taking time for therapy. Moving or lifting improperly can really damage our bodies. It’s not uncommon for a gardener to have to visit therapists for physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage, acupuncture, or yoga. While therapy isn’t cheap, it’s important for a gardener to stay healthy to provide the best service.
#6 Credentials & Experience
It is important to hire a gardener who has credentials. In any service there is a wide variety of skilled and unskilled workers. There are a lot of unskilled laborers who believe they know how to take care of a landscape. I have witnessed landscapers in my area improperly doing things in someone’s garden that was unsafe and causing damage to plants that would deterioate their health. This included mulching, pruning, and putting in plants.
In speaking with a gardener, you should be able to pick up if they are knowledgeable. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before hiring. A professional should have all or at least some of these listed on their website. If they don’t, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
- What is their education and background?
- Do they have examples of their work?
- Do they show their knowledge on their site or other forms of media?
- Do they have testimonials?
- Are they responsive to your calls or emails?
- Do they garden organically or are eco-conscious?
- Do they have a mission with their business?
- Do they offer specialty services? Is their business green?
What is their rate?
The rate for an educated, experienced, professional gardener will be at least $35 to $50 an hour or more. Someone who gardens on the side with no or little training may charge between $15 and $25 an hour. Someone with little training may need to be supervised and should only be doing simple tasks like leaf collecting and lawn trimming.
If someone had an electrical problem in their house they would likely call a licensed electrician. The same for any other service for your home or personal needs. A gardener isnt any different even if you’re only able to hire them once a year or throughout the year for continued maintenance. Gardening is largely a seasonal job, so professionals depend on this work to live throughout the year.
EARTHeim provides professional fine gardening services on an hourly rate and in fine garden packages.