Pasadena, CA area, is my gardener too expensive? $200/mo
January 28, 2013 3:53 PM Subscribe
We pay $200 a month for weekly service that includes all trimming, upkeep, lawn service for 3 lawns, significant pruning and leaf cleanup from 12 trees (citrus, pine, chinese elms, japanese maple, coastal oak, liquid ambars). Is this too much? What do you pay and what do you get for it?
posted by dottiechang to home & garden (15 answers total)
When we bought our house a year ago, we kept the gardener that the previous owner used. The house is a corner house, so that means lawn on front, side and back. In addition there are about 20 azaleas, 15 camelias, 13 rose bushes and several wall like hedges that are all maintained beautifully. In addition, there are leaves from 12 trees of various sizes. My lot is not that big, it is just all packed in there, including on the front lawn. Also, there is boston ivy covering the exterior of the house.
The previous owner was a master gardener and collected a ton of gorgeous plants and trees that we have no idea how to maintain. The gardener keeps it looking very neat and pretty and worked with the previous owner for many years.
He comes once a week and stays for 30 minutes to an hour and half depending on what is needed. Other than mowing and blowing, he does all the trimming and maintenance. He keeps the sprinkler system happy and blows the leaves off the roof as needed. I don't have to ask him to do much, he does what is needed most of the time without prompting. That said, sometimes when I do ask for something, he can seem overwhelmed and just forgets to do it before he leaves.
This is my first house and I've never had a gardener before.
I live in the Pasadena Area. My gardener charges $200 a month. I can afford this but I have been told by many people that it is much too high. I am happy with my level of service but my husband wants to switch if we can get comparable service for a better price.
Do you live in the LA or Pasadena area? What do you pay and what services do you get for that amount? Just curious, would love to compare with others. Also, please message me if you have a service that you love!