Garden Maintenance – Keep Your Garden Looking Fresh and Healthy

Gardening has become a popular passtime in America today. Working in the garden is a pleasant chore. It gets you outside in the fresh air and sunshine, and is wonderful exercise. You will use many different muscles as you work to make your home more attractive.

Whether you grow vegetables, flowers, or landscape plants like trees and shrubs, some ongoing maintenance is in order to keep them looking their best. When planning a garden, do not forget that the work does not stop when you tamp in your last plant. Keeping the plants looking healthy and fresh will take some time and work in the future. So, when you create your garden, take into account the things that you will need to do in the future.

Here are a few of the things that you will need to do to keep your garden looking its best.

  • Set aside a few hours a week to work in your garden. You can use soaker hoses to save time on watering. Soaker hoses also prevent damage to your plants that can be caused by too much moisture on the foliage which can attract insects, plant diseases, and fungal infections. It is best to water early in the day.
  • Time must be scheduled to weed the garden. Nothing can spoil the beauty of a garden like an invasion of unsightly weeds. Weeds take up moisture that should be going to the plants that you like. They also rob the soil of valuable nutrients.
  • Pruning, cutting back, and dead-heading (the removal of spent blooms) will encourage new growth and help keep shrubs lush and healthy. Find out the right time of year to prune shrubs as the right time varies from plant to plant.
  • Keep your garden free of debris. Fallen leaves can carry disease or harbor insects.
  • Plants need nutrition. You can use chemical fertilizers or add compost to the soil. Many commercial fertilizers run off and wind up polluting local waterways. Compost is a natural fertilizer that really works and adds those needed nutrients over a period of time.

Of course, spring will be your busiest time in the garden as you ready the soil for new plants to emerge, prune shrubs, clear away dead plant materials, and generally spruce up the area. Spring is a great time to get outdoors. the air is fresh and the world feels renewed – what better way to enjoy the season than to begin garden maintenance and make your home attractive.

Reasons for Garden Maintenance Contracts

Most professional gardening companies will always use a contract for the garden services they are going to provide. The reason the written contract is to basically highlight the services that will be provided and which frequency the will be provided also. This gives both parties (gardening company-client) a clear understanding of how often a service will be provided and for how long. It is also a way of reassuring the client that everything will be taken care of giving them piece of mind, and will also provide the cost’s and date’s on when to pay. This will ensure the healthy relationship between client and company for a long time and ensure there will be no confusion in the future.

Every company as its own way of creating a maintenance contract here is my suggestion;

1. Details of Both parties involved…

2. Terms for service and condition’s…

3. The period of the service…

4. The price for the service…

5. Both parties sign the document to accept…

6. Date of the agreement…

Upon acceptance from both parties if the written contract the client is made aware that the is no legal bound to this contract, and either the company or the individual can cancel at any given time, usually 1 month notice is required. This will more than likely put the client at ease and not obligated, and obviously if you do a good job they are unlikely to get rid of you.

Make sure when writing the contract to make it professional and readable, make it simple and fresh and easy to read, do not mumble jumble lots of unnecessary wording into the document as this could give it a novice look, and that is the last thing you want when you about to land a nice contract job.

Maybe also you could always provide a calender of work that be carried out at certain time’s of year on the back of the contract to remind customer’s of other additional services you can provide as a gardening service provider.

And remember customers are more liable to accept you contract when it followed by reliability and professionalism to the highest standard possible, customers are always right and should always be treated with respect, listen to their needs and deliver what you have promised the client, follow these simple steps and you will be a trusted and recommended garden maintenance service provider in no time.

Garden Maintenance Service, What Should You Expect to Pay!

PRICES AND WHAT TO EXPECT.

OK so you have a garden, you are very busy with work and you may also have kids, so you can’t find the time to attend to the garden and do the essential lawn cutting and weed control, and before you know it the garden looks like a jungle with weeds and long grass, by this point you will be stressing out thinking how am I going to sort this garden out?

First thing that will come to mind is a GARDEN SERVICES COMPANY.

So how to find a local gardener?

1. Google

2. Local papers

3. Ask friends and family

So you are now searching for a gardener, always try to have 2-3 garden maintenance companies to come and give you a free quotation, once they arrive ask the few questions about thee company and also if they would kindly offer some recent customer references this way you can call the client and find out from them about the gardening company and how good their garden services are.

Now how to choice which gardening company to go with, maybe you could go with the cheapest? or the most well spoken? or the most well turned out?

FACT is you just have to go with your instinct, as they say you pay cheap you get cheap so find out what you will receive with the price you have been given

Example

1. How often will they visit with the monthly price?

2. What does the price include (lawn cutting, weed removal, lawn treatment, plant treatment etc etc)?

3. Is there contract? if so can you cancel at any time?

Using these easy steps will make your decision that little bit easier.

Maybe you can also ask for 1 month trial basis were they would visit for one month and then you could decide to enter the contract, but this can be a long process, because if they don’t live up to expectations you would need to again call out 2-3 garden services providers and repeat the process, saying that this way you are more likely to find that perfect gardener in your local area.

Once you have chosen your gardener ask friends and family if they would be interested in receiving and garden maintenance service from your gardener and sometimes the gardening company will give you discount for referrals.

These are a few local based gardening companies which could maybe provide you with a guide line price and what to expect with the prices.