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Brits love their gardens. In fact, it’s estimated that the average person in the UK will spend almost three years of their lives tending to their garden. 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. We bring you all the top recommendations for gardeners in your area, whether you are looking for a lawn mower service or more long-term grounds maintenance. We’ll only ever recommend jobs by Verified Plentific Pros, who have undergone a rigorous screening process to guarantee that they are the best around.

Results will include hourly rates, meaning that all customers are protected with the Plentific Guarantee. This guarantees that all payments are made through secure online transactions and will be held until the job has been finished. If, your gardener is unable to complete the project, we’ll arrange for another Verified Plentific Pro to step in.

So, stop trying to shovel through all the different gardening services on your own. Let us bring you the best recommendations in just a few clicks, so you can get back to feeling Hoppy in your garden.

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