Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Craig Gibson
Time-poor? Wish you had a few spare hours to keep the garden looking like it should?
Outsourcing your gardening may be the answer. For a modest outlay each week, fortnight, month or less regularly, a professional gardening service can help keep your garden looking tidy, manicured and green. They can also give you advice as they have the expertise and all the right equipment for your job.
But how much do gardening services cost? Let’s take a look…
How much you pay for a gardening service will depend on where you live, as well as the size of your garden and jobs you need done.
As you add on services, the costs will increase. For example, you may want someone to weed, water and mow the lawn, mulch and trim trees or keep the areas around paving looking tidy. These cost more, as they take longer for the gardener to do. Larger gardens or more complex jobs may require a team to get the job done in a reasonable time frame. Otherwise you can expect to a professional garden service to offer a variety of services, including:
Most gardeners charge by hour – from $60 an hour though this depends on several factors, as previously mentioned. If you engage a gardener on a regular basis, they will put together a fixed rate for monthly visits. This can be a great way to stick to your budget, while ensuring your garden will never turn into a ghastly jungle.
For other garden services expect to pay from:
Basic garden maintenance ranges from $30 an hour for simple jobs like trimming plants. So it’s a good idea to set aside a few hundred dollars for each maintenance job.
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An arborist is a tree specialist and can assist you with tree removal, stump grinding as well as tree pruning and surgery. They also produce tree reports, which you may to submit to council if you want to remove a tree from your property. Many trees in Australia are protected, but different councils protect different trees. A tree report can identify the tree and submit reasons for its removal to council.
When it comes time to hiring a gardener or garden service make sure they are right for your job. Some questions to ask them include:
Once you are satisfied they have the necessary experience you can ask them to quote on your job.
For an accurate cost, get quotes from gardening services in your local area.
Remember to find out if they are experienced and insured? Can they show examples of their work or put you in touch with their regular clients? Do they offer fixed rates for regular jobs? When you know the answers to these questions, it’s easier to compare quotes and choose the best gardener for you.