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.

Essential Tools for Easy Lawn and Garden Maintenance

Whether you have a big or small lawn, a garden area or a wide array of shrubs and flowers, there are essential tools that you need that will allow you to keep the area looking its best. Here are some essential tools you should have on hand:

Rake

A rake is a basic tool that just about anyone with any yard area around their home will have on hand. It is especially critical if you live in an area where trees and bushes flower or shed their leaves. In the Fall, your rake is likely to get a big workout, so make sure you keep it clean and maintained.

Mower

If you have any amount of lawn or grass around your home, having a mower is important for keeping that area trimmed and beautiful looking. There are mowers available in many sizes, and for many types of lawn and ground. If you have a small amount of lawn around your home, then a small mower that is just for lawns would work fine. If you plan on mowing an area that has a lot of weeds or is on uneven ground, then you might go for a mower that is more powerful and has larger wheels for better traction and stability.

Trimmer

Another essential tool is the trimmer, also called “weedeaters.” A trimmer is an upright tool that you carry around instead of push around. A trimmer will allow you to get into areas that a mower simply can’t get to. A trimmer is also great if you have a lot of tall weeds or need to trim tall shrubbery or fauna for fire protection purposes. A trimmer will also be essential if you have a slope on your land which makes it impossible to use a mower safely.

Pruner

A pruner is a hand tool that you can carry around to cut bushes, flowers or anything else in your garden. You can also use a pruner to pick fruit from your fruit trees, including cherries, plums, apricots, figs, lemons, oranges and just about anything else. Pruners are an essential tool for any garden and for even the smallest yards.

Hose Sprinkler

If you have a home, you surely have water spigots around your home. You can attach a hose with a sprinkler to any spigot and walk around with it to water any of your lawn, plants or trees that need watering. You can also use your hose to wash off your sidewalk, paths, outdoor furniture or even wash your car. A hose sprinkler is a handy tool for many things.

Hedge Trimmers

There are many types of hedge trimmers, including manual style and electric trimmers. The best type for your use really depends on what type of hedge you have. If you don’t have a hedge, you don’t need this tool. If you have a tall or long hedge more than a few feet long or tall, then consider investing in an electric hedger, it will make your hedge look great with little work. If you have just a few bushes or a small hedge, then a manual trimming tool would work fine.

Shovels

Lastly, you never want to forget the shovel. You should have a large one and a small one. A shovel will have many purposes in your yard, from digging new holes for planting to turning over garden soil. No homeowner should be without a shovel.

What Is Flower Garden Maintenance?

The basic needs for a healthy flower garden are simple – well-prepared soil, careful sowing and planting at the right time, warmth, food and moisture; attention to pest and weed control.

Undisturbed weeds will compete with your garden plants for food and moisture and can be, a source of diseases and pests. For fruit, flowers, vegetables and shrubs, all of them can be, controlled with chemical and cultivation measures.

Chemical methods use weed killer on paths or drives. Aminotriazole or simazine are suitable materials when used to the manufacturer’s guidelines, and, are very affective in most conditions. Cultivation is the most convenient method to use in most gardens. Use a hoe regularly in the summer to chop off the seeding weeds before they have a chance, to develop and take over. Start this job in the morning or as early in the day as you can. In the winter months dig the weeds into the soil. Large weeds are best dug out completely or cut off and pulled out.

Stopping and dis-budding Stopping means removing the growing point after four or six leaves have formed. (The first two leaves which form do not count.) This causes the plant to make shoots and to bear more blooms in a bushy way, rather, than a tall slim form. Sweet-peas, dahlias, antirrhinums, fuchsias and geraniums respond very well to this procedure. Some varieties produce more shoots than can be, supported and bloom to perfection, but by judicious thinning better quality, earlier flowers can be, produced to beautify the flower garden.