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Any old-fashioned gardeners left?

By seekay - 22 January 2009 11

I want a gardener. Not a landscape artiste. Not a Jamie Durie. Not a horticulturalist. Not an arborist. I want an old fashioned gardener.

I want someone who will come once a month and mow the lawn, pull up the weeds, cut back what needs to be cut back – and preferably take cash in exchange for a discount.

Do any such people still exist?

What’s Your opinion?


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11 Responses to
Any old-fashioned gardeners left?
fox 8:54 am 23 Jan 09

Whoops – posted the wrong email for Mike

It should be mike.the.gardener@hotmail.com

p996911turbo 8:44 pm 22 Jan 09

You can definitely try ian@chapmac.com

No discounts for cash because all his work is done by cash and a carbon paper receipt book (now that’s old fashioned!) but he’s affordable and very good.

jake555 7:05 pm 22 Jan 09

I don’t know if the Grey Army still operate (retirees with a lifetime of experience in certain areas/trades). I used a Grey Army plumber once, fixed my toilet for a grand total of $30, and even checked all of my washers for free while he was there. Super polite and super service.

monomania 7:00 pm 22 Jan 09

harvyk1 said :

monomania said :

You want a gardener whose a tax cheat. Someone that people who are prepared to pay their way can’t compete with.

Who said anything about cheating the tax system.

There is nothing illegal in dealing with cash, it’s legal tender. Given there is a cost associated with operating a bank account it’s reasonable to expect a gardener to provide a slightly cheaper service if they don’t have the same level of overheads as other businesses.

Then why even mention it?

fox 5:51 pm 22 Jan 09

try my mate mike – email him at markthegardener@hotmail.com

E.L.K 5:25 pm 22 Jan 09

I’ll do your gardens for you, I studied horticulture so i know the difference between a plant and a weed, the extra cash would be nice too.
Contact me at elkstencils@hotmail.com if your interested

harvyk1 4:57 pm 22 Jan 09

monomania said :

You want a gardener whose a tax cheat. Someone that people who are prepared to pay their way can’t compete with.

Who said anything about cheating the tax system.

There is nothing illegal in dealing with cash, it’s legal tender. Given there is a cost associated with operating a bank account it’s reasonable to expect a gardener to provide a slightly cheaper service if they don’t have the same level of overheads as other businesses.

deye 4:21 pm 22 Jan 09

find a local teenager and pay them to do it.

SadMushroom 4:06 pm 22 Jan 09

monomania said :

You want a gardener whose a tax cheat. Someone that people who are prepared to pay their way can’t compete with.

Although I agree with you I must admit I had to pay a guy cash to do my lawns for a while.
Sometimes there are reasons for it, especially with the prices that places like Jims charge.

monomania 3:59 pm 22 Jan 09

You want a gardener whose a tax cheat. Someone that people who are prepared to pay their way can’t compete with.

folkie 3:15 pm 22 Jan 09

look in the chronicle. that newspapaer seems to be filled with adds like that or even Jims mowing maybe.

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