When you have a task that needs to be completed in your garden, it’s not always clear whether you should complete it yourself or leave it to the professionals. So, which option is best? Well, that’s not an easy question to answer; there are, of course, benefits and costs associated with each option. And there are also circumstances in which one option is clearly better than the other. But that all depends on the specifics of the situation.
To help clarify all this for you and to make it as clear as possible which option you should choose and why, we’re going to cover all of the most important points here today. We’ll look at the specific benefits associated with hiring a professional gardener, as well as the benefits of doing it yourself. After that, we’ll look at when you should hire a professional gardener and when you should go it alone.
The Benefits of Hiring a Gardener
The main benefit associated with hiring a professional gardener is simply that they’re a professional. They know exactly what they’re doing and they have expertise and an in-depth knowledge of their work that you simply don’t have. This is their profession so they can offer insight and provide skills that will have a positive impact on your garden and its overall appearance.
There’s also the safety factor to take into account. Professional gardeners use all sorts of electrical tools and non-electrical tools to complete their work. That’s significant because it helps them achieve the most positive outcomes for your garden. But you probably don’t want to use those tools yourself if you don’t know how to do so safely. Professional gardeners do know how to do things safely and they’ll be no risk of you hurting yourself.
Sometimes, you can do damage to your garden and the trees, flowers and shrubs in it even when you think you’re helping it. For example, people often go over the top with pruning because they feel it’s something that needs to be done to keep the garden healthy. But it can do damage when you go too far; specialist gardeners know that and they know what your garden really needs in order to stay healthy.
Gardening professionals can take care of the general maintenance that your garden requires, and they can go further to enhance its appearance. It’s those details and touches that are often missed when you try to go it alone rather than putting your faith in a professional gardener.
The Benefits of Doing Garden Work Yourself
There are many good things about doing your gardening tasks yourself. First of all, you’ll save yourself some money because you won’t have to pay a professional gardener for their services. That’s certainly a good thing if you’re trying to improve your garden on a budget and don’t want to spend much money. With a little effort and hard work, you can get your garden looking great without spending much at all. Especially if you aim for a low maintenance garden.
A lot of people also find that they feel better about themselves when they go out and do gardening by themselves. There’s a rewarding feeling that comes with improving your garden and not having to rely on other people to do it for you. You feel a sense of achievement when the task is done and you can see the dividends of your hard work paying off.
Some people even feel less stressed when they do gardening. It’s important to remember that gardening can be very calming and relaxing. It’s known to reduce stress and can even reduce symptoms of certain types of depression, such as Seasonal Affective Disorder. So, if you need a way to relieve stress, working on your garden could be the way to do it.
Working on your garden is also a form of exercise that allows you to burn calories. Getting active is never a bad thing and if you can improve your garden at the same time, then that’s something to consider. As long as you’re physically able to do so, working on your garden could be a really good idea for you.
When Should You Hire a Professional Gardener?
There are some situations in which hiring a garden is the best and only realistic option for you. For example, if the work that needs to be completed in your garden is vast and is going to take up a lot of time, it usually makes the most sense to hire a professional garden who’s able to dedicate a lot of time to it. We all lead busy lives and you might not be able to find time for your garden.
Completing gardening work that takes up a large amount of outdoor space can be pretty intimidating, not to mention a lot of hard work. Can you really afford to take on that kind of challenge? Even if the work itself is within your capabilities, it’s still best to let a professional take care of the task if it’s going to be too much for you to comfortably complete by yourself.
There might be a need to use equipment and machinery that you’re not familiar with too. If that’s the case, you should leave it to the pros. As we mentioned above, safety is something you should always keep in mind. If you don’t feel able and confident enough to use gardening tools safely, it’s best not to.
Issues such as complicated soil conditions can be difficult to get your head around and fully understand. It’s easy to make mistakes and if the work you do is wrong and damages the condition of the soil, you could end up with much bigger problems on your hands later on. That’s why a professional is often preferable.
Under What Circumstances Should You Do it Yourself?
Sometimes, it’s a good idea to do the work yourself. That’s the case if you are completing a relatively small amount of work that you feel capable of taking on by yourself. You might have a very small garden, for example. If that’s the case, you could find it much easier to simply complete the work yourself without ever feeling the need to call upon a professional gardener to help you out.
Some people also have very low maintenance gardens that only require gardening work very rarely. If that’s the case, the garden isn’t likely to overwhelm you and it probably makes much more sense for you to complete the work by yourself rather than taking the time and money to hire someone else to complete the work on your behalf. With the right research, you can usually figure out how to do very simple maintenance work in your garden.
In some instances, the work that needs to be completed might be a one-off project that’s easy to do when you teach yourself. There are lots of resources online and in books that can help you understand how to take on challenges in the garden by yourself, so that’s worth looking into in some instances.
There are situations that demand the help of a professional gardener who knows what he or she is doing, but there are also times when going it alone makes more sense. Assess each situation on its merits and choose the best way forward for you based on the advice discussed here.