Most people with large gardens no longer do their gardening; they simply do not have the time. Instead they hire a gardener. Finding someone however, is a nightmare. If all you want is to mow the lawn then any teenager can do it for you. But to actually care for the plants, know how and when to prune sick plants and prepare them for winter is something that only experiences and knowledgeable gardeners know. So here are a few things to look out for when you are hiring a gardener:
Check for the Basics
No one is perfect, but if the gardener in question doesn’t even know how to water a plant properly, you probably shouldn’t hire them. Ask them to weed a flower bed, water some bushes and mow a small patch of the lawn by way of trial. Observe the way they work. Even a completely inexperienced person will show it if they have an aptitude for gardening. It is also a great way to catch them out if they are lying about their experience. If a gardener boasts many years of experience of how to lay synthetic turf but tries to water the fake grass in the indoor garden space, please ask them to find another job.
Strong Work Ethic
Gardening is a very physical job so it is important that the person you hire has a strong work ethic that involves working hard and doing a good job of it. If your garden is laid with synthetic grass Brisbane or any other city that boasts hot weather will soon show signs of wear and tear and gardener has to work hard to maintain it, even though it’s not real. Ask him/her about previous jobs, their work schedule and what they recommend is the required amount of time to spend on a garden. Depending on their answer you will be able to decide how dedicated they will be towards your plants.
Common Decency and Humanity
This is one of the hardest qualities to find among humans these days: honesty. If you are not quite sure whether or not you’re potential hire is honest or not, find out by testing them. It is not just about honesty in the sense that they will not rob you; it is also about integrity as a person and being able to empathize. As a gardener they will have to use insecticides and pesticides, and they will have to set traps for small animals that dig up and ruin gardens. However, if you feel they receive some kind of sadistic pleasure out of doing so, then perhaps it is time to look for a new gardener.