Except for one tiny detail: the landscaping needs a significant renovation, you’re excited to invite friends to enjoy your new home’s backyard. Overgrown bushes, sparse grass, and a lack of curb (and patio) appeal are all signs that it’s time to hire a Dublin gardener. After all, doing the task yourself may take months, but a gardener can complete it in considerably less time. Before you start contacting around, make a list of all of your landscaping needs so that you and your new professional gardener have the same vision for all of your outside locations.
The Work of a Gardener
A gardener is responsible for a wide range of chores related to outside plants and the yard in general, but what each gardener does is unique to them. A gardener should always be aware of which plants flourish in their environment. They can recognise when a plant or your lawn isn’t as healthy as it may be, and they know how to address the problem. Lawns are also maintained by gardeners to keep the grass healthy. This involves weeding, overseeding, and applying fertiliser as needed, in addition to mowing the grass once a week.
After you describe your idea for the areas, a gardener may come up with a design and strategy for what to plant in your flower beds. They provide and plant flowers and shrubs, as well as maintain them and your existing yard plants, as well as mulch and weed the flower beds.
The expertise, talents, and specialty of gardeners differ from one to the next, so it’s essential to investigate several highly rated gardeners in your region before deciding. While a gardener takes care of the natural features of the landscape, particularly plants, they rarely work on yard-related construction jobs like erecting or repairing a fence. Minor construction is frequently handled by a landscaper, however this varies from person to person and company to firm.
Getting Your Homework Done
Consider what sorts of landscaping services you truly need and how often you’ll need them before looking for the appropriate gardener. For example, if you want a new flower bed in front of your porch but don’t know what flowers to pick or how to make the space seem attractive, you’ll want the gardener to design it and then plant it. You could want them to maintain that space on a regular basis, or you might be able to do the weeding yourself; this would be the difference between a one-time project and continuous gardening services. Make sure you know exactly what you want so the gardener can come up with the ideal landscaping solution for your needs and charge you appropriately.
If you have decorative trees or elegantly formed hedges, as well as a huge yard that you don’t have time to mow every week, you’ll need a gardener to shape and maintain all of the plants, as well as mow the lawn. This requires frequent maintenance, such as weekly grass mowing and hedge pruning every two weeks or once a month.
Be clear about your objectives and vision for any landscaping tasks, since the more information you can provide to the gardener before employing them, the better. If you want a few miniature decorative trees planted in the yard and then maintained until they’re thriving on their own, be as explicit as possible with the gardener. The more specific your expectations are, the more likely you are to be pleased with their job as it takes shape according to your yard vision.
Why Should You Hire a Gardener?
Hire a gardener if your vision for your yard takes more effort than you are willing to handle on your own.
You should engage a gardener if you want colourful flower beds in the spring, summer, and fall. They’ll know what to plant so that flowers bloom in a predictable order throughout the season.
A lawn mowing service may be a better deal if you simply need the grass cut on a regular basis and only need basic yard care. It’s still worth asking a gardener how much they’d charge for continuing lawn upkeep and then comparing that to what a local landscaper or mowing service would charge. Working with a gardener only for mowing has the advantage of familiarising you with the gardener in case you need her for other landscape-related activities. They may even offer you a discount or a package deal for any additional work.
Find a gardener with arborist certification or at least many years of expertise dealing with tree health concerns if you have a number of trees that appear to be ill or infected with insects. Otherwise, for tree-related difficulties, simply hire an arborist.
When Should You Hire a Gardener?
While you may employ a gardener at any time of year, it’s best to start before the growing season begins and the landscaping season gets crowded. Even if you won’t need landscaping services for another month or two, February is a wonderful month to start making contacts. The gardener’s calendar may still have some gaps for significant projects or planned weekly or biweekly yard and garden upkeep at this time.
It may be more difficult to locate a gardener who is available right away to cure the grub problem troubling your lawn if you discover your yard requires professional care in the thick of summer, but the appropriate gardener will work you into his schedule. Some landscaping operations, such as grass replanting and overseeding, are best done in the fall. Tree pruning is sometimes best done in the fall and winter months when the tree is dormant, however your local environment may dictate otherwise. In other words, depending on the job, any time of year might be a good time to engage a gardener. A seasoned gardener will know the optimal time of year to do seasonal activities in your climate.
Before you hire a gardener, ask these questions
The questions you should ask a potential gardener depend on what you require for your yard. If you’re paying them to mow and manage your lawn, find out how frequently and at what time they’ll come, as well as if they edge, weed, or examine the grass for problems like thatch or dry areas. Inquire whether they exclusively treat your lawn using organic ways, since chemical pesticides and other lawn treatments can be harmful to the environment, your pets, and you.
Check to see whether they’ve worked on a project similar to yours, such as developing a bonsai gardenscape or keeping fruit trees to maximise fruit output while avoiding pests. It’s beneficial to have a gardener who understands which plants are ideal for your pond setup when it comes to plants in and around a pond.
Request references and samples of work from any potential gardener. A busy gardener is likely to have multiple clients within a short distance of your house, so arranging a visit to a local location to observe their work shouldn’t be difficult. Find out how long various tasks, such as planning and installing new flower beds or excavating a small pond, take in general.
Check to see if the possible gardener is covered by liability insurance. If the gardener you’re considering is a firm with a team rather than a single person, find out if the company has workers’ compensation insurance to safeguard the employees on the job.
Hiring a Gardener: How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of hiring a gardener varies substantially based on the services necessary and the frequency with which they maintain your home’s exterior settings. The property’s size is also a consideration. Obviously, maintaining a large yard with hedgerows and sophisticated flower beds requires a lot more work than a normal small or medium-sized suburban yard. Gardeners often charge by the hour, ranging from €50 to €100.
Expect to spend €50 to €100 each time the gardener comes up for basic services like lawn mowing or hedge trimming, presuming the yard is of ordinary urban or suburban size. The higher the charge, the larger the yard or the longer it takes to undertake normal yard maintenance. Scheduling basic yard maintenance such that the gardener comes weekly or biweekly costs less each visit than having the gardener come once and complete the same activities.
Expect to pay €200 to €400 a month for an average-sized yard if the gardener comes once or twice a week to do routine chores like hand weeding and maintaining flower beds. Projects that demand more time and labour, such as dethatching the grass or replacing a major chunk of it, may incur additional fees, so it’s advisable to ask the gardener up front if there are any additional costs.
Licensing and Certification for Gardeners
Landscape and garden professionals’ licencing and certification standards differ by state. To work as a gardener or landscaper in many states, no particular credentials are required. People who use some types of chemical pesticides, however, must get a licence since these chemicals might be deadly if not utilised properly.
Some states require gardeners to get speciality licences in order to conduct particular landscape-related duties. In Dublin, for example, tree pruning or removal needs an arborist licence and liability insurance, as does maintaining or planting shrubs, or simply mulching around plants. Consult your local government’s website for precise licence requirements based on the gardening duties at hand.
Master gardeners do not have a Master’s degree; instead, they have finished a series of courses to gain further accreditation, demonstrating that they have studied about plant pathology and pests, for example. Master gardeners donate their time to educate youngsters about plants and insects in exchange for the education, or to assist groups of elders at a senior centre in starting a raised-bed garden. They are volunteers, not professional gardeners, however some may garden or landscape as a job.