Greenery has a way of making the mind and heart feel alive and invigorated which is why the residents and authorities of Indore have made it a green haven by maintaining tiny gardens in their homes and also taking care to keep public spaces green. Organic gardens in balconies and terraces with wide variety of fruits and vegetables have become the norm and people in both apartments and independent houses are exploring their gardening abilities. The love of this city’s residents for greenery is evident in its public gardens that are lush and green despite the rocky and dry terrain.
Pipliyapala Regional Park is one Indore’s most artful public gardens with fountains, colorful flower beds and boating facilities. Other interesting green spaces where the city’s residents to relax with families on hot summer evenings are the charming Meghdoot Upvan with its thick canopy of shady trees and the melancholic but beautiful Chhatri Bagh that transports you to the era of glorious Holkar empire. On viewing this greenery it is no wonder that people of Indore are avid lovers of fresh fruits and vegetables and some of them prefer growing it in their own gardens. If you have recently moved into Indore and are looking for a professional to take care of your garden, here are some valuable tips for hiring the right gardener.
When you have a small yard in the front and rear side then have a lawn with flower beds around it and maintain a kitchen at the rear. To prepare the ground for setting up the lawn and kitchen garden as also to plant the necessary saplings and seeds you are likely to need the assistance of a gardener. Local gardeners understand the soil conditions and weather patterns so they will be able to advise you about plant varieties, pesticides, fertilizers best suited for the garden and places where you can get them to keep the garden replenished at all times.
If your garden is small and does not need excessive tending or watering on a regular basis then you can take care of it on your own once it has been planted and everything is growing naturally. As a first time gardener if you lack knowledge about details like the right amount of water, nutrients, tending plants and keeping them free of pests then engage a gardener that can take care for a few months and learn about how the entire process is carried out. Got a large garden that is difficult to maintain? Then hire a gardener that can come maybe twice or thrice a week to carry out activities like mulching, removing weeds, dead leaves and branches, lawn mowing, pruning bushes and shrubs.
For planning and set up a large scale garden project with mixture of small and large plant varieties and accessories like fountains, pool, pond, pathways, stone bench, swing, shed and other paraphernalia you would need to hire a landscape architect that can give detailed layout design of how the property will look after the project is completed. For projects like these that are likely to cost a lakh or two if not more you should ask for details of costs involved in every stage and the exact timeline when the project will get completed. To have a garden that is both elegant and colorful hire a landscape architect based on experience and check out their testimonials thoroughly. For a person that has a hectic work schedule and little time for personal hobbies and Indore landscape architect can design a dream garden even with limited resources otherwise there wouldn’t be such marvelous specimens as Tafreeh Agro Park and the enchanting rose garden before the Lal Baag Palace.
Most garden owners in Indore have flexible arrangements with their gardeners about the days they need to come for maintenance activities. If you are planning to start an arrangement like that on day/monthly or quarter basis be clear about the tasks that you expect from them and the payment that will be made out for the task/s. Ideally have a written agreement for elaborate maintenance service if you have a large landscaped garden within your walled property that may require more than a couple of gardeners twice or thrice a week or even on a daily basis.
For tasks like watering and pruning, weeding and lawn mowing gardeners need just basic skills and knowledge about plant varieties and they can charge around Rs. 150-200 a day or a couple of thousands a month depending on the size of your property. During seasonal changes like summer, winter, spring and winter, you may need the services of a gardener to make changes in plants, ground preparation and removal of dead plants and weeds. These projects may extend to a couple of days or more as new plants have to be tended carefully until they become strong and grow on their own.
It is also important to have arrangements about when to purchase fertilizes, fresh seeds, new saplings and insecticides so you can ask the gardener to purchase it or you can acquire it. Most garden maintenance service providers in Indore have their own nurseries wherein they manufacture organic fertilizers and pesticides so they provide these essentials as a part of their gardening services. You can also make organic fertilizer and compost using kitchen waste and dead leaves, plants etc. from the garden. Generally gardeners already have a tabulated value for these services and it is easier to tell how much the service will cost based on the information.
Before hiring a gardener or landscape designer ask for a detailed quote about exact amount that will be charged for different services he will provide in your garden and the time required for completing the landscaping project. If the garden is small and just spread across a few yards around the house or on a terrace then you can carry out the maintenance activities yourself like watering, removal of weeds, dead plants, leaves and branches etc. This can be done as a weekend pastime as the joys of planting a seed and seeing it blossom into a tree or plant bearing flowers and fruits are something that is hard to express.