Advice for Finding a Local Gardener

I have always loved gardening, but due to illness my garden has been neglected this year. Any advice on finding a local gardener?

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October 14, 20190 found this helpful

Advertise on Craig's list,local paper,Home Advisory,Facebook!

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October 14, 20190 found this helpful

Ask your neighbors and friends. I have a neighborhood Facebook group where people praise or complain about service people.

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October 14, 20190 found this helpful

See if there's a 4-H group near you. They sometimes take on these types of projects -- at least they used to! :-)

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October 14, 20190 found this helpful

Swap shops on face book, Post an add looking for a gardener

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October 15, 20190 found this helpful

Ask word of mouth - family, friends, their co-workers, neighbors. If you need help I would post on NextDoor and ask if any neighbors would like to help or have recommendations.

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October 15, 20190 found this helpful

There are so many gardeners around these days and some of them do a great job and others just come and go so fast it is hard to tell what they did. My best advise to you in your search is to talk with your friends and see who they like.

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I would also check on Craigslist in your area and see who is advertising. You can always hire them once and if you are not happy with their work you can change them and get a new one the next time you need your yard cleaned.

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October 15, 20190 found this helpful

Check on Nextdoor.com. It's really very reliable for very local services

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October 16, 20190 found this helpful

I agree with attosa. If you have a NextDoor site, you may want to see if there are reviews of people who others have used.

The other place to try is your local high school and see if there is a student who can help as part of their community services projects. I know when my nephews were in school they had to do so many community service hours and these were the kind of things some kids did for their projects. They may have to take photos of before and after. In our schools they were not permitted to charge for the work either (but you could tip them).

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Hope you find a good solution!!

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October 19, 20190 found this helpful

I hope you have found someone to help with your garden but if not, you might Goggle Master Gardener with your zip code or county and ask them is they can help you find someone. They may hesitate to recommend someone but sometimes there are gardeners available through their programs.

I know that you may be looking for a 'personal' type gardener and I do not know the financial end but there are usually pest control companies that have experienced people who will help you but may be expensive if used on a continuing basis.

If you belong to a local church you might ask someone in the office to post a notice in their newsletter that you are seeking help with your garden and maybe they will spread the word.

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I do not think you should use any of the normal avenues that people suggest - like Craigslist, newspapers, etc as these are very unreliable sources as there is no way to check out any responder and you could be setting yourself up for a dangerous situation.

From your post what I am reading is you probably live alone, probably not very low income, you have some sort of debilitating illness that could make you a very vulnerable person and it seems to me that you should only have someone visit your home that has been highly recommended by a trusted source or a professional service.
Also, even with precautions, if at all possible, you should arrange to have another person at your home when any unknown person is coming to your house. Even then, keep doors locked at all times and do not open unless absolutely necessary - answer all questions through the door or screen door.
How to pay can be a problem but you can keep watch and take the money outside when you believe they are almost finished and lay the envelope on a nearby table.

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I'm a very cautious person; but not paranoid and what I've stated is simple safety precautions.
These strict precautions may not be necessary if you are using someone that has been recommended by a reliable source.

It is possible that you could safely use NextDoor.com if you only search or ask for help within your immediate neighborhood but you might want to ask for information from any neighbors who are having gardening work done on their property before going there.

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I do volunteer work with seniors and some are disabled and I have heard some horror stories about cases like this so I am VERY cautious when offering suggestions for getting help when it involves people who live alone.
Good luck with your quest - please be cautious and stay safe.

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