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Ave. annual cost of gardening

Say for a 15 square meters lawn only - like 6-8 times mowing a year?
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Re: Ave. annual cost of gardening

Welcome to the forum.

You should create a post and introduce yourself. Be polite.

What are you asking - how much would it cost for a landscaping service to come and cut it?

For that size garden, You could buy a cheap electric string trimmer and do it yourself in about 30 seconds.

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Re: Ave. annual cost of gardening

The easiest option would be to get a grass mower and do it yourself. For such a small area, you can get a small mower. I got an electrical one for 29 chf in the Landi and it takes me 15 minutes to finish a 180m2 area.

6-8 times a year seems a bit unrealistic, to be honest.

You also have this option, before you take a gardner:

http://www.rentarentner.ch/
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Re: Ave. annual cost of gardening

15 square meters? As it 3m x 5m? That's about 5 minutes' work.

With a lawn that small you might find that you are paying an outrageous price because you have to make it 'worthwhile' for the gardener to come out, you have to cover his fixed costs.

To give you an idea, in my area the local garden firm charges CHF 500 per mowing to mow a (flat) lawn up to 700m2, CHF 50 for every 100m2 after that. Insane price.

Now from previous threads it would seem that prices are high in my area. But I doubt any gardener will get our of bed for less than a hundred.

With such a small patch to care for, could you possibly share gardening services with a neighbor and split the cost? That might make a gardner more interested in coming out and end up being more cost effective.

Or DIY, which is what we do. I just can't see paying someone to do what we enjoy. You only need a small mower, battery will be fine, so maybe a couple hundred chuffs. Or less, if you go for a manual reel mower. As long as you have somewhere to store it that might be your most cost effective option.
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Re: Ave. annual cost of gardening

2000 chfs.
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The easiest option would be to get a grass mower and do it yourself. For such a small area, you can get a small mower. I got an electrical one for 29 chf in the Landi and it takes me 15 minutes to finish a 180m2 area.

6-8 times a year seems a bit unrealistic, to be honest.

You also have this option, before you take a gardner:

http://www.rentarentner.ch/
I am just a bit afraid,
I never used one before so I don't know if I can mow it nicely.
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15 square meters? As it 3m x 5m? That's about 5 minutes' work.

With a lawn that small you might find that you are paying an outrageous price because you have to make it 'worthwhile' for the gardener to come out, you have to cover his fixed costs.

To give you an idea, in my area the local garden firm charges CHF 500 per mowing to mow a (flat) lawn up to 700m2, CHF 50 for every 100m2 after that. Insane price.

Now from previous threads it would seem that prices are high in my area. But I doubt any gardener will get our of bed for less than a hundred.

With such a small patch to care for, could you possibly share gardening services with a neighbor and split the cost? That might make a gardner more interested in coming out and end up being more cost effective.

Or DIY, which is what we do. I just can't see paying someone to do what we enjoy. You only need a small mower, battery will be fine, so maybe a couple hundred chuffs. Or less, if you go for a manual reel mower. As long as you have somewhere to store it that might be your most cost effective option.
Thanks! I know. Actually my small patch is connected with other two neighbours and some public areas. They use the same gardener company, so I took them for mine as well for last year. They charged me 600 fr. incl. mowing and 2 times fertilizer. I don't know if this is a reasonable price. I am not sure if I can mow or keep the lawn nice - I never did it - and as a female - it won't be an interesting job for me.
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Re: Ave. annual cost of gardening

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I am just a bit afraid,
I never used one before so I don't know if I can mow it nicely.
So start with a manual mower. Here's one from Landi for CHf 49:
http://landi.ch/laden/deu/sortiment/...4014-21253?c=3

The folks at Landi are generally very helpful. Tell them you are new to all this, tell them your concerns, ask their advice.

Don't invest a lot in the beginning. Live with your garden a season or two, then decide what you really need. And honestly - for a garden that small unless you have no time whatsoever, I would think twice before using a gardening service. But then, I love garden work. YMMV.

Enjoy your new garden.
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I am just a bit afraid,
I never used one before so I don't know if I can mow it nicely.
If everyone would be afraid to try something new, the human race would have gone extinct after 2 generations...

There is nothing special about mowing a lawn. Plug the machine, and push it around the garden, just like a shopping trolley... When finished, throw the cuttings in the green container. Nothing sciency about it...

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and as a female - it won't be an interesting job for me.
I'm not sure I understand this one. Are you saying that lawn mowing is not a job for women? Considering the whole depilation business, I'd say women are meant for the job...
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Re: Ave. annual cost of gardening

Buy one of those smaller machines mentioned above.

If you`re afraid to mow it yourself, ask around for a schoolboy wanting to earn some pocket money - maybe they`d do it for about Sfr20? (such a small piece)

My grandson was always happy to mow odd lawns for whatever the owner was happy to pay - between Sfr20 - Sfr50. And sad when winter came again.
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Re: Ave. annual cost of gardening

why not get a sheep? it will keep the grass short and at the end of the year you have some free wool.
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why not get a sheep? it will keep the grass short and at the end of the year you have some free wool.
Sheep or a cousin ?
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If your grass is in good condition, (looks nice and is fairly short), I'd just get a push-along or small electric mower and do it once a week from about April to October and perhaps twice a week when it's growing really fast in the summer.

It takes five minutes and that way you can let the clippings mulch the grass rather than having to collect them.
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why not get a sheep? it will keep the grass short and at the end of the year you have some free wool.
And you'd be looking after the fertiliser issue at the same time! Genius!
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You'd need to buy a bigger lawn as well to feed a sheep!

A few rabbits should be enough, or maybe guinea pigs.

You can also eat them (any of the above), so it would be cost neutral at worst.
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And with winter setting in...
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