Brits love their gardens. In fact, it’s estimated that the . However, with so little time to enjoy the sunshine, it’s always a good idea to let a professional do the hard work.
Whether it’s a simple task of pruning or a more complex landscaping project, there’s a wide variety of gardening services to choose from. Here are just some things to consider when hiring an expert to breathe new life into your outdoor space.
Understand which jobs need doing
Gardeners will offer services based on their skills and experience. Therefore, it’s important to find the right person for the job. While some gardening services will be able to lend a helping hand in the general garden maintenance and upkeep, others will be more specialised in areas such as tree surgery or landscape design.
On top of this, it’s important to understand whether your project is a one-off or if it will require ongoing support. Having as much information as possible before making a booking will help ensure that you find a gardener who is the right fit for the job.
Ask about qualifications and experience
There are a number of different qualifications available to professional gardeners, including NPTC, HND and NVQ. For added peace of mind, it may be worth checking if your gardener has been certified by any of these schemes. However, these accolades are by no means the only indication of local gardeners’ talents and abilities.
It’s also worth asking to view any previous projects that have been completed, particularly when hiring landscape gardeners. After all, references and recommendations are the best stamp of approval a professional can get.
Know the legal nitty-gritty
When hiring a gardening service on a contractual basis, it’s important to make sure that the company provide all their own tools. This ensures that the customer cannot be held liable should any injuries occur when the tools are in use.
Additionally, it’s important to confirm that a public liability insurance certificate covers the company or individual gardener. This provides protection in the event of accidental damage to the property.
Find Gardners near me with Hoppy
In recent years, the gardening industry, along with other sectors including building and engineering, has been subject to a skills shortage, making it harder to find good qualified gardeners in many areas. On top of this, the high wages this trade enjoys has made it tempting for the unqualified to try and make money without the proper qualification or training.
This means that finding good local gardeners can be difficult. Well, we’re here to make your gardening experience a Hoppy one.
So, how does it work?
Simply enter your postcode, filter your search by type and we’ll bring you the best recommendations for gardners in your local area. Alternatively, if you have a more specialist requirement, you can post your job to receive custom quotes.
Hoppy takes the stress out of paying for tradesperson services too. Hourly rates are presented as clear as day, so you don’t need to worry about negotiating a price or being ripped off – just choose your gardner, pay securely and pick a date. Everything is sorted with just a few clicks.
How Hoppy can help
Comparing gardening services can be a time-consuming task. Luckily, Hoppy is here to help and we've partnered with Rated People to do it. We bring you all the best gardeners, whether you are looking for a lawn mower service or more long-term grounds maintenance.
Select ‘gardener’ from the list of trades and tell Hoppy all about your job by completing a short form.
Then post your job - you'll get a confirmation email from Hoppy and our partner Rated People that your job has been posted, with a link to where you can manage it.
Now sit back and wait to hear from up to 3 trusted tradespeople about your job - be sure to check out their profiles, where you’ll find examples of previous work and genuine reviews.
Then simply choose the right person for your job!
Let us bring you the best recommendations in just a few clicks, so you can get back to feeling Hoppy in your garden.