Regular Garden Maintenance
So you’ve cleared your garden and it’s looking lovely.
Nature will be back, you can bet on that.
There are in fact a couple of ways to minimise regular garden maintenance and avoid having to put aside some time to work on it every week, come fair weather or foul.
You might find it better to invest in landscaping that will reduce the amount of growing plants that need tending. This could be hard landscaping using stones or bricks, decking or simply a selection of plants that need less attention. Slow-growing evergreens, such as rhododendron and camellia, need relatively little care.
Or, you can simply get someone to come regularly for a short trim and tidy. Like a haircut! Little and often can be cheaper in the long run. One of our HomeForce gardeners would be happy to arrange a regular visit, just call us on 0131 315 0000 to arrange a free, no obligation consultation.
The benefits of an expert gardener
Of course, we are bound to say that it is worth using someone who knows a rose from a radish and a creeper from a carrot. That way your prized petunia will stay in the ground and not end up in the compost. Their experience also means they will be able to spot nasties like Japanese knotweed.
This devilish plant, also known as monkey fungus, Hancock’s curse and donkey rhubarb, is listed by the World Conservation Union as one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species. Its root system and strong growth can damage concrete foundations, buildings, flood defences, roads, paving, retaining walls and architectural sites. It can also reduce the capacity of channels in flood defences to carry water. AND it’s presence can seriously devalue your property.
Unfortunately it is becoming ever more prevalent in Scotland. If you spot it, you are legally obliged to advise the authorities, and as it is classed as ‘controlled waste’ in Britain under part 2 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, it MUST be disposed of at licensed landfill sites. You’re far better to let our experienced Edinburgh gardeners get all ninja on it!
Choosing a gardener
There are lots of people who say they can maintain a garden, or take on garden work. But how qualified are they? How much experience do they have?
If you choose someone because they are cheap, they will likely be unqualified and untrained people. Not to mention unreliable. A Skoda is, after all, cheaper than an Audi. But if you want your garden to be a beautiful place to relax, it really is worth paying for a qualified and experienced expert, such as an accredited gardener recommended by HomeForce.
Finally, remember, gardening is good for you as a mild form of exercise. But it’s not half as enjoyable as sitting back with a glass of chilled white wine on a warm summer’s day and watching someone else do it!