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I just moved to Zurich, i have a medium terrace with lots of dead weeds. is there a cheap way for gardening if i cannot do it myself. How can i hire an apprentice gardener?
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I just moved to Zurich, i have a medium terrace with lots of dead weeds. is there a cheap way for gardening if i cannot do it myself. How can i hire an apprentice gardener?
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hi there my names mark im 25 english, born in stoke-on-trent england its near manchester,birmingham inbetween the 2. its my first time writting on here. i moved to switzerland to be with my german girlfriend i met in australia. i have been here only 2 days and feeling very isolated her family only speak german. she has a job now with long hours so i am stuck in the house going crazy i need a job fast, and could do with some guidence because i have only been here such a short time i know no german, i need a job for a english only speaking person. at the moment i am in walzenhausen and dont mind comuting to zurich if thats were the work is. any advice on finding work our just how to cope living in switzerland would be much help thanks mark.
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thanks tim big laugh when i read bout oatcakes. erm as far as permits if you mean to work the swiss emigration site says because i am english i dont need permits to work as long as i find work in the first three months otherwise i need to do become a resident. as far as plumbing i dont realy care i will do anything labour intensive ive been in australia so i am used to doing what ever it takes to earn money. good idea bout my gf ringing round for me. i dont need to earn alot of money and yes im a pretty none stop kinda person i need get out the house. every 1 i have met so far speaks ok english so not had much of a problem there. just knowing were to start is the battle. good agencys stuff like that.
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Re: Gardening

By terrace, do you mean a balcony?

Or a sloping hillside that has been terraced?

Or a regular flat-ish garden area?

If you give us some ideas as to the lay-out, size, and sun we can give you some ideas.

Gardeners are very expensive here, one of the reasons I do all my own gardening. But more important, I love doing it. Gardening is a wonderful hobby; good for the soul as well as a fantastic physical work-out.

If the garden is currently very overgrown and neglected you might consider getting someone in to do a clearing, to do the heavy work, which is typically apprentice work - and then do the planting and planning (the fun stuff!) yourself. This would be a lower-cost alternative.

You can hire an apprentice gardener ('ungelernt') but be aware that some firms will charge you for the apprentice's supervision by a qualified gardener - so you pay twice! Speak to the firm you are considering, be very clear about what you want and what you are willing to pay for.

There are indeed lots of independent folks offering gardening help - just be careful of Schwarzarbeit.

The real expense in using a gardener is maintenance work. Few of the gardeners I've spoken with are willing to do any hand work - it's power weed wackers only. Which is why all you see planted here are straight rows of spirea. To really work the soil, to weed around your more delicate flowers one needs to do the work by hand. At the standard gardener's rate of CHF 75-100 per hour...

A bit more info, and hopefully we can be of more help.
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Gardeners are very expensive here, one of the reasons I do all my own gardening. But more important, I love doing it. Gardening is a wonderful hobby; good for the soul as well as a fantastic physical work-out.
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The real expense in using a gardener is maintenance work. Few of the gardeners I've spoken with are willing to do any hand work - it's power weed wackers only. Which is why all you see planted here are straight rows of spirea. To really work the soil, to weed around your more delicate flowers one needs to do the work by hand. At the standard gardener's rate of CHF 75-100 per hour...
I agree. Non-machine work is expensive. I live next to a big villa, worth around say 20mil. A gardener does the trees and lawn - and the wife does the weeds
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In my neck of the woods most employees at paysagiste companies aren't "gardeners" in the skilled sense and they don't employ apprentices to do weeding and mowing lawns. They don't need to. They employ low paid foreign workers to do the clearance/maintenance. Even then you won't get much change out of CHF 70 per hour.

Always best to get a recommendation if you can.
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