We do tend gardens, on both an occasional basis or regularly
scheduled throughout the season. We are always honored to be asked
to do this work but we must beg your pardon if we cannot always
accept new work.
For regular maintenance and special-skill occasional work, we are the
gardeners, not simply the supervisors or providers of garden
help, so our availability for garden and landscape maintenance is
limited by hours-in-a-day. In addition, we have become involved
with many gardens over 25 years and have been doing regular
seasonal, monthly and bi-weekly maintenance at various of those
sites as long. We have a few openings each year, when we are no
longer needed on some of those gardens, and as those occur we can
accept additional work of this type.
Sometimes we are trainers in a garden. In such cases we work as
you and your gardeners.
For instance, it can be difficult to learn how to prune a
climbing rose and have the confidence to clip hard enough to
promote great form and bloom. (Look below, to see how much of a
climbing rose disappears in 15 minutes' clipping.). So we have
worked on an occasional basis in some gardens to prune roses side
by side with the gardener at their home.
From major overhauls to fine details such as deadheading balloon
flowers (below), we love every aspect of gardening and are glad to
Our labor rate for garden care is $50 per hour per person on the
job, plus necessary materials such as fertilizer and
mulch. Except as specified otherwise on an estimate, planting
and maintenance charges begin when we arrive on the site and end
when we leave.
In general, garden care costs between $150 and $350 per 100
square feet of bed per year, and varies with a garden's starting
condition, make up and its owner's aesthetic preferences. We must
do an initial consultation to prepare a projection of maintenance
costs for a specific project. On-site consultation is billed at
$100 per hour, with a two-hour minimum. In some cases we can
complete that consultation and estimate in conjunction with
maintenance work we may have arranged to do for you.
Call us (248-681-7850) or email to discuss our maintenance