Well-kept gardens provide so much pleasure. They’re beautiful to look at, great places to entertain in and spaces to relax and watch the kids and pets play. Left unchecked, however, gardens can become overgrown and an eyesore.
Taking care of gardens takes time and effort. It can be challenging, especially in Canberra’s hot summers and cold winters. For many, landscaping, weeding, mulching and mowing are best left to professional gardeners. The best gardeners take the stress away and leave you to enjoy your garden all year round.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a gardening services, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great gardening service?
Choosing the right gardening service gives you confidence your home will look it’s best all the time.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a gardening service.
- Reliable, friendly and professional. As with any service, you’ll want a reliable company that shows up on time—no last-minute cancellations that interfere with your schedule. You’ll also want a gardener you enjoy dealing with, who treats you and your home with respect.
- Experience. The more experience a gardener has, the better their services will be. The best gardeners have the skills and equipment to overcome any challenge. They also work efficiently.
- Knowledge. If you need a gardener to resurrect your outdoor space with new plants and landscaping services, opt for someone with extensive knowledge. They’ll reassure you that you’re buying the right plants for Canberra’s climate.
- Price and insurance. Gardening and other outdoor services are hard work and take time, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. The best gardeners charge a fair price for services. They’re also fully insured in case anything happens while they’re on site.
- Range of services. You might want a gardener who provides more than one service. If this is the case, check online to see if the gardener offers comprehensive services, not just mowing and weeding.
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.
The friendly, professional team at Street Appeal Landscaping delivers high-quality landscaping and maintenance services, with attention to detail. Operating in the ACT and surrounds for around 10 years, Street Appeal Landscaping transforms outdoor spaces into neat, tidy, beautiful and manageable places to enjoy.
Services include one-off yard clean-ups, design and construction, as well as ongoing maintenance. The expert team keeps clients informed from start to finish and works hard to deliver projects on time and within budget. They take the stress out of gardening needs, provide the best results and ensure "quality that grows".
Street Appeal Landscaping has completed hundreds of landscaping projects, with excellence, sourcing materials and plants from local businesses, including Yarralumla Nursery, Canberra Sand and Gravel, Corkhill Brothers and Bink Pavers. Free quotes available.
On Riotact, Julia Haley wrote, “Excellent landscapers—highly reliable and, communicate well. Rob is friendly, knowledgeable and his team is hardworking. Can’t fault their work.”
Trendy Landscaping is a one stop shop for all gardening and landscaping services, from full makeovers to general maintenance. Trendy Landscaping offers services such as paving, concreting, retaining wall repair and installation, excavation work, mowing and pruning – the list goes on! If you’re looking to give your garden some intense love and care, transforming it from a boring lawn into a real oasis, Trendy Landscaping Canberra has you covered.
Mary Kingsford recommended Trendy Landscaping on Riotact, saying “Trendy Landscaping does good work and is reliable.”
Freshaddress Landscaping and Maintenance provides top-quality work at affordable prices. A fully insured and registered business, Freshaddress handles all gardening and maintenance work and landscaping. No job is too big or small. Free quotes provided.
On Facebook, Ian Sackett wrote, “Brett and his team did an amazing job cutting down and removing three trees and getting a tree stump out of the backyard. They were professional, friendly, and made sure the site was clean and tidy once the job was finished.”
Elysium Complete Gardening is a Canberra landscape design and garden maintenance business that keeps gardens ‘oasis looking’. Fixed rates are offered, and prices are quoted before work begins, giving clients confidence. Services also include construction management. Elysium Complete Gardening is a family-owned business offering quality customer service and value-for-money.
On Riotact, Linda Lockwood wrote, “Elysium Complete Gardening reliable, well priced, pensioner discounts and always does a fantastic job!”
Tapper’s Mowing and Gardening Maintenance Services is passionate about all things gardening. Clients benefit from great attention to detail, efficiency, a friendly approach and value-for-money. Nothing is too much effort and Tapper’s shows up on time.
Ellen Samuels wrote on Riotact, “Tapper's Mowing And Gardening Maintenance Services has always done a great job for us.”
The Garden Barbers provides a wide range of gardening and landscaping services in Canberra. This includes garden maintenance, minor landscaping, green waste removal and strata requirements. Services also include end-of-lease and sale preparation gardening and landscaping.
Charlotte Batley wrote on Riotact, “The Garden Barbers are fantastic! Hard working, professional and really nice guys.”
If you’re looking for more information on gardening-related services in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best nurseries, best landscaping suppliers, the best landscapers and the best turf and artificial grass suppliers Canberra has to offer.
Your experience with gardening services in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do gardeners just mow lawns and pull weeds?
Some gardeners just mow lawns and weeds and others offer a more comprehensive range of services. Check online to see what the gardener offers.
How much does it cost to have a gardener?
The cost depends on what you need done. It also depends on how large your garden is and how complex the gardening work is. Cost can also be influenced by level of service. If your garden is in great shape it might not cost as much for a gardener to tend to it as it would if it’s overgrown and loaded with weeds.
Does a gardener require insurance?
It’s best to use a gardener who is professional, runs a reputable business and has the right insurances in place in case anything happens while they’re on site.
How often do I need a gardener?
Frequency depends on many factors. This includes the size of your garden. It also includes the type of garden you have and the services you want. It’s a great idea to chat to your gardener about how often they’re needed to keep your garden in tip-top shape.
How do I choose the best gardener for my needs?
First decide what you’re looking for. Just mowing and weeding lawns? Trimming trees, bushes and plants? Designing a garden area? This is important because not all gardeners provide all types of gardening services. Next, hop online and check websites for the gardener’s professionalism and experience. Also check reviews, references and images of gardens they’ve worked on.