Gardening can be a tough job. Having a garden is incredibly rewarding, especially if it’s properly maintained, but if you want to maintain a garden that looks as stunning as possible and is as healthy as possible you’ll need to put in a lot of work. Hiring the pros to care for your garden can be an easy and cost-effective way to maintain your garden without having to break your back and put in the effort.
If you want to maintain a beautiful garden with the help of a professional gardening service, here are a few things to look for before you contract a team.
Never Hire an Amateur
There’s something to be said for supporting your local community and small businesses, but when it comes to gardening you need a true professional. Failing to procure an actual team of experts can lead to insect infestations, weeds, diseases, and a host of other problems that you would never have to deal with if you had hired a reputable team in the first place.
For a basic day laborer, you may be able to hire them for anywhere from $10 to $25 per hour, but the quality is likely to be lacking. A middle-tier gardener or landscaping company can provide you with a bit more professionalism, knowledge, and a variety of services. They will usually cost around $20 to $50 per hour.
For the most advanced quality of service and variety of options, you could go with a professional landscaping design team, which will usually run about $50-$100 per hour, depending on your location.
Make Sure They Are Insured
Insurance is huge in this industry. So often, an amateur team will accidentally tear up your yard or damage your property in some other way while working on the job you hired them for. Without insurance on their part, the only way for you to get compensation for this is to file a grievance with the company and hope for the best, or sue. Insurance on the gardening professionals part is also a vote of confidence that they aren’t going to mess your yard up or damage it.
Look for Good Reviews
Usually, if a company is less than reputable, you’ll find at least a handful of negative reviews about them online. You’ll want to go with a team that has an eye for beauty and style, and one that knows just about everything there is to know when it comes to caring for a wide variety of plants, flowers, and shrubs.
Check to See How Their Equipment is Maintained
Equipment maintenance is crucial in gardening. Dull or faulty equipment can garden looking completely trashed, even if the work was done correctly. On top of this, you should make sure they actually have all the tools that theyll need for your particular job.
Reliability is Everything
Seeing as how the care of your garden will be a continual job and not just a one-time event, you need a team that can show up on time, every time. The number one issue with most gardening professionals is that they are not reliable enough to complete jobs when they are asked to, and not communicable enough to keep the customer filled in on delays and exact timing of completion.
Professional Gardening Should be the Least of Your Worries
In a perfect world, you wont ever have to worry about your gardening team in the slightest. A reliable, competent, knowledgeable, professional team will handle all your needs without ever missing a deadline. By following the tips in this article you can ensure you get the best when it comes to gardening care.
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