The Best Gardening Services in Canberra


A well-kept backyard can mean the difference between a space you enjoy using and a total eyesore on your property. Left unchecked, not only could your garden become overgrown with weeds and other invasive species, but you also miss out on a great opportunity to use your space for good, whether that’s for entertaining, giving your pets space to roam, or even starting on your own garden bed.

Many Canberra residents invest in gardening services to make the best use of their garden space, whether that be something as straightforward as mowing or as complex as landscaping services. In Canberra especially, with harsh weather conditions during summer and winter and unpredictable days in between, hiring a professional gardener not only takes the burden of time and work off of your back, but also ensures that your garden is getting the best care it can all year round.

But what should you look for in a gardening service before you hire them? In this article, we will discuss some of the key qualities of any great gardener, and give you a guide to some of Canberra’s best services.

What makes a great gardening service?

Hiring a gardener can be pricey – but when the job is done to professional standards, it’s worth every penny.

When looking for a top-quality gardener in the Canberra region, we suggest keeping an eye out for the following positive traits.

  • Experience. The more practice a gardener has, the better their services. The best gardeners have seen it all before, and have the skills and equipment to overcome any challenge.
  • Knowledge. If you need a gardener that can help resurrect your outdoor space with new plants and landscaping services, opt for someone with extensive knowledge. That way, they can help you purchase the right plants for your climate and location, ensuring your garden thrives for years to come.
  • Reliable. As with any service, you want a reliable company that shows up on time, every time. And no dodgy last-minute cancellations!
  • Friendly and professional. The gardener you decide on will come to your house. It is essential they treat you and your home in a professional and respectful manner, while maintaining a positive, friendly attitude.
  • Fairly priced. Gardening and other outdoor services are seriously hard work, but that doesn’t mean you should spend a small fortune. The best gardeners charge a fair price for the services they provide.
  • Comprehensive services offered. It’s a wise idea to hire a gardener that offers comprehensive services – that means, more than mowing and weeding. You never know when you might need something more advanced.

The best gardening services in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Jake's Complete Garden Care

Jake’s Complete Garden Care is a family business that creates and maintains wonderful looking gardens. Locally owned and operated, Jake’s Complete Garden Care works with all styles of gardens. This includes simple, low-maintenance gardens. It also includes substantial gardens requiring more tender, loving care.

A professional hedger and shaper with many years of experience, Jake and his team are expert at pruning all types of plants, fruit trees and other trees. One specialty is pruning roses, to keep them healthy and producing stunning flowers.

Jake’s Complete Garden Care offers a long list of services. This includes landscaping, lawn care, weeding and weed spraying, mulching, lawn mowing and edging. In addition, the team manages grub control. They also install irrigation systems to keep gardens looking their best.

Jake’s Complete Garden Care also cares for veggie gardens, so they produce in abundance.

Harves777 wrote on Google, “Jake is hard-working and knows what he’s doing. His team works well all day too.”

Brian's Home and Garden Care

Prepping your home for sale or rent? Brian’s Home and Garden Care specialises in getting properties’ outdoor spaces in tip-top condition ready for the property market.

In addition, Brian offers all general garden maintenance.

One commenter, Jazz, had this to say. “Brian Welsh from Brian’s Home and garden has just cleaned up my place. Faced with completely overgrown back yard I decided on the prudent option to outsource and go to work instead. Was blown away by the result in just a day and a half. A genuinely nice guy too.”

Escape Gardens

If your garden needs a complete redesign, Escape Gardens could be the choice for you. After working in garden centres in the Canberra region, owner Chris realised there was a serious need for expert horticultural and design services.

Escape Gardens can help you discover the most suitable plants and plant placement for your garden, ensuring your outdoor space looks fantastic, and is easy-to-maintain.

Commenter YoungAndVocal has heard good things about Escape Gardens. “Coming onto the bandwagon a little late, but I heard about escape gardens a little while ago,” they wrote. “From what I have heard they can offer advice and source suitable plants.”

Is your backyard in need of some special attention? If you’re after some more recommendations of the best services in Canberra to take care of your needs, check out our articles, the best landscapers and the best turf and artificial grass suppliers in Canberra for some helpful information.

Your experience with gardening services in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the gardening services listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I hire a gardener to do regular work?
Absolutely! Many gardening services offer packages where they can come at regular intervals to tend to your garden, whether that's mowing the lawn, pruning hedges, cleaning sides, and general garden care. Talk to your service of choice and see what they can offer you.
What plants should I have in my garden?
This depends entirely on how you want to use your outdoor space. If you want to keep it to a minimum to make the most of your garden for entertaining, then a good place to start would be with a few native plants that require low maintenance. Natives are a good idea because they will thrive in your garden without you needing to invest in too much specialised equipment, and they will promote biodiversity and health in your surrounding environment too.
What plants native to the Canberra region can I have in my garden?
There are many different types of Canberra natives that are suited to different purposes. Lemon Bottlebrush and Old Man's Beard are great for providing shelter and nesting, nectar-producing Banksias and myrtle varieties all well-suited to attract bees, whilst she-oaks and wattles offer fruit and seed.
There are plenty of resources online to advise you on what would be best for your garden, and you should definitely seek the advice of a professional gardening service to ensure you make the best choice for you and the environment.
When is the best time of year to plant fruit and veg in Canberra?
As a general rule of thumb, you want to plant your vegetable crops during the cooler months just before Spring to give them the best chance of survival until harvesting, usually in late Summer. Fruits, on the other hand, do well when planted during Autumn to be picked in the warmer months. There are also plenty of hardy herbs that will do well in our harsh Winter climate.
What is a 'hardiness zone' and which zone is Canberra in?
Plant hardiness zones were created to determine a plant's ability to survive the conditions of a particular location. Canberra's zone is cooler temperate, with frosty winters and dry summers. Planting your garden to match Canberra's climate will ensure it has the best chance to flourish!

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39 Responses to The Best Gardening Services in Canberra
asirthegreat asirthegreat 6:45 pm 30 Aug 20

Budget Garden Care ACT services are very good.

abhay91107 abhay91107 5:45 pm 08 Jun 20

I finally received a text from Matt on 4 June 2020, stating that he was unwell and was not able to make it and was very apologetic. He said that he will contact me as soon as he feels better. That gave me some reassurance. Thank you for getting back to me Matt and I hope you feel better soon. I am happy and I look forward to touching base with him as soon as he feels better.

abhay91107 abhay91107 8:30 pm 03 Jun 20

I asked Matt from Branch out Canberra for jobs in our garden. He said that he would come to our place on Saturday. He didn’t turn up and has not communicated back to us for over 5 days if he is coming to our place or not. I found this lack of communication and commitment to get the jobs very disappointing. He has not even communicated to us if he is unable to do the task. This has left us in the dark and we need our garden fixed urgently.

    abhay91107 abhay91107 9:05 pm 03 Jun 20

    I hope that Matt is Okay and that he communicates back when he intends to return back to complete the garden jobs. He did an amazing job in the front garden. I hope he will be available to finish the jobs in the back garden. I am hoping to hear back from him very soon. We have been very flexible and very accommodating to meet his needs and schedules.

RHW RHW 11:08 am 29 Mar 18

Without hesitation I am happy to recommend
Matthew of Branch Out on 0405 031 390 for any minor or heavy work pruning, trimming trees and shrubs.

Shortly after my last comment appeared in The RiotAct, Matthew of Branch Out was recommended as possibly able to help me out. I phoned, left a message, Matthew returned my call an hour or so later and arranged to come and give me a quote the same afternoon.
He arrived promptly and we spent at least 30 minutes walking around the garden and discussing all that needed to be done.
To put this job into perspective, I had a large overgrown back garden and there were 43 shrubs between 1 ½ and 3 metres high, plus 6 mature trees. They have been neglected for a few years and it was a jungle of foliage and misshapen plants. Matthew noted everything, gave me a very fair quote and we arranged for the work to be done over a couple of days the following week.
Matthew and his assistant arrived promptly and early to start work. He re-checked with me and apart from an occasional discussion to be sure I was happy with height of trim etc I left them to get on with it, because it was perfectly clear he knew exactly what he was doing. At one point we decided a very old tree needed to come out, as it was suckering all over the place. Matthew dug out and removed below ground level so the roots can be poisoned.
By the end of the day the job was finished, the garden looked amazing, with space and light restored and gave me hope again. The whole mountain of trim and big branches were loaded and taken away.

RHW RHW 10:08 am 22 Mar 18

I need a thorough prune and tidy up of a large garden I cannot manage on my own.
Am happy to pay a fair price because it is a big job. Have always found good tradespeople etc through RiotAct in the past.
I have phoned first Brian’s Home & Garden and then Foralis on your list above, twice each over a couple of weeks, requesting a call back to arrange a quote. Neither has bothered to return my call.
I can accept that they may be overloaded with work and do not want to take on another job, and would accept that as an answer, but to just ignore a call is rude. It has delayed me making any other arrangement. This happens w other tradesman and it does their reputation no good.

Maria G Maria G 7:28 am 27 Dec 17

I can highly recommend Rowan from Foralis. I needed some work done leading up to Christmas. I called a few places and organised for a couple of people to come around. Neither turned up. Rowan was very prompt, turned up when he said he would, and did a great job.

CuriousCat CuriousCat 7:46 pm 14 Sep 15

Thanks for all the replies. I’ve looked up the plants mentioned and I actually have Viburnum tinus and Photinia ‘Robusta’ growing as giant shrubs (decades old garden – previous owner did random planting all over the pace) in other areas of the garden – I just didn’t know their names. So yes, I agree actually, as hedges they would be good – but yes, Photinia stinks – I think it smells like mosquito repellent! Perhaps Viburnum is the way to go. As for the side of the house, there is no neighbour directly on the other side to worry about, as such. Along this fence is a large grassy area and footpath, and then on the other side, the houses there are further up the street, and look down into our garden and on to our deck, as does the footpath – just want a bit of privacy from that when we are on the deck. We could put up a screen of some sort, but was hoping for some greenery. I love tea tree, so maybe that could be a good way to go. There used to be a giant cotoneaster there, but it was removed to make way for the new fence… (awesome to attract beautiful birds to the garden, but giant weed and in the way)

Thanks again for all the suggestions!

rubaiyat rubaiyat 3:54 pm 14 Sep 15

…and 1.8m high and only 1.5m from the house and they need to keep at least a metre wide walkway.

Apple trees, particularly young trees, are not mushrooms and even when espaliered they have some width.

On the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice of December 21st, the sun will still be 12° north and the roots of the Apple tree will be permanently in shade and the sun almost but not quite vertical, so very little of an espaliered structure will be receiving sun.

I can’t see the sun reaching anything that close to the south side of a fence for six months of the year and when it does it won’t do it much good.

I don’t know if you noticed the mature date palms that were planted for some insane reason on the south side of the Belconnen Aquatic Centre. Despite their height, most of the bottom of the palms were in perpetual shade even in summer.

They died. Expensive and predictable.

Southmouth Southmouth 12:15 pm 14 Sep 15

rubaiyat said :

Southmouth said :

Espalier apples or plums on your colourbond fence

The fence is facing south.

Yep. I can read. I’ve done it myself. works great on a wire trellis 300mm from the fence. You realise that fruit trees are dormant in winter and thus need no sun? They get plenty of sun for the 6 months that matter.

wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 8:54 pm 13 Sep 15

Whatever you do, do NOT plant Photinia. Not only doers it stink when flowering, that stink also aggravates allergies in people who suffer hay fever. There is so much of it in Canberra I am completely astounded it hasn’t been deemed a noxious weed. It isn’t native either and needs a lot of maintenance to keep it tidy as it grows very tall.
Be considerate to the neighbor and also don’t plant Pittosporium or “screen master”. That stuff drops little messy leaves all over the place, the house we rented long ago had neighboring shrubs along the fence and our yard always needed raking up of these little messy leaves.
Tea trees are at least native and evergreen, that’s my recommendation.

rubaiyat rubaiyat 7:53 am 12 Sep 15

Southmouth said :

Espalier apples or plums on your colourbond fence

The fence is facing south.

fabforty fabforty 6:48 pm 11 Sep 15

rijujacob said :

Try Photinia ‘Robusta’ . You’ll get it in most stores including bunnings. they are drought hardy and like slope as they need well drained soils. Suggestion is to go to any local nursery say, Willow Park nursery and talk to any horticulturist there.

Photinia stinks when in flower. Avoid…… avoid.

I can’t understand why anyone would want it near their house.

Maya123 Maya123 5:45 pm 11 Sep 15

“Second, along the side of my house, we have a 1.8m colourbond fence, south facing. Although it’s high, it doesn’t provide enough privacy into the garden. So, I’d like to grow something up it against it, and hopefully higher than the fence”

My first though is, is there a neighbour on the other side of that fence? It would be neighbourly not to block their sun. Something I am always aware of and make a conscious effort not to do. A 1.8 metre high fence should give plenty of privacy. Most people are shorter than that. Is there some other reason?

miz miz 5:14 pm 11 Sep 15

Photinia flowers STINK and attract blowies!

Southmouth Southmouth 4:28 pm 11 Sep 15

Espalier apples or plums on your colourbond fence

rubaiyat rubaiyat 2:04 pm 11 Sep 15

For the fence try a climbing fig, it is nice and flat, vigorous and tough. Nowhere as invasive as ivy.

rubaiyat rubaiyat 2:02 pm 11 Sep 15

Stick with what works in Canberra, not much does. Something I know from long experience with trying alternatives and watching neighbours replace their plants 3 times as well.

That is Photinia Robusta. A bit woody, but it is tough and grows to fill out the hedge very well. Give it lots of room, at least 1.5m wide, and do not stop trimming it. Lightly and often works well.

In the Yarra Valley recently I saw magnificent, fragrant Bay hedges and as my Bay Tree goes gang busters, this could be an alternative.

pajs pajs 12:39 pm 11 Sep 15

Quick suggestions:
– for the first space, hazels play well with oaks and make decent hedging. Get a mix of types for pollination and you’ll get nuts too.
– think about a climber of some kind, on simple wire trellis, above the height of the fence. There are tough and deciduous climbers available (I’m just about to plant some hop rhizomes to do something similar). If you don’t need it to drop leaves, hardenbergia might work well.

rijujacob rijujacob 12:04 pm 11 Sep 15

Try Photinia ‘Robusta’ . You’ll get it in most stores including bunnings. they are drought hardy and like slope as they need well drained soils. Suggestion is to go to any local nursery say, Willow Park nursery and talk to any horticulturist there.

tooltime tooltime 9:45 am 11 Sep 15

Grab a book called Grow What Where. It has a whole bunch of suitable plants for different scenarios. A great read…

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