DIY or garden service?Living in South Africa most people know what itís like to own a garden, but with a garden comes one of three reactions. Either it is a labor of love and passion, a never-ending chore of things to do or something in-between.
Living with a garden is supposed to be a pleasure, a garden is meant to please, be a place to kick back and relax, yet even the smallest gardens requires a lot of maintenance. After all how many of us can live with an overgrown, dark and dingy space? It certainly doesnít beckon you outside and as your neighbors will be quick to tell you, it lowers the tone of the neighborhood Ė it will also lower your re-sale value very quickly.
What are your options? Hire a permanent gardener? This is the most common option and something most garden owners in South Africa still do Ė you know, job creation and all that. But having your own personal gardener at your beck and call doesnít alleviate your responsibility. Most people still get stuck in, even if it is to train someone to a point where you can leave them unattended. Even then how many times have you planted some delicate little seedlings only to have it identified as a weed and ripped out. Then on top of that you are left with all the mess yourself to cart away to the dump, each and every weekend. When you should be resting or entertaining, you are loading bags and bags of debris, all hot and sweaty. Not a great picture, but one that most of us endure for the sake of having a well tended comfortable outdoor space.
Tending your own garden means that you also have to be head landscaper, it means you have to know what and where to plant the right things, how to weed and how and when to prune and trim. Not to mention the never ending battle against trying to keep the kikuyu under control during the summer months, or looking part way decent in the winter months.
South Africanís are fast catching onto the fact that there is another option; get someone more capable than you to do it. These people have the right tools, the labor and the knowledge plus they will clear up afterwards. All you need do is sit back and look on!