As the days are getting shorter, and temperatures are dropping, one thing is most certainly on the rise—and we aren’t talking about your electricity bill. We’re talking about Yard Work tasks! If you love being outdoors and breathing in fresh air, have a green thumb, or feel a sense of accomplishment when raking/sweeping/gardening/shoveling—then this category is a great one for you!
We talked to a few of our highest-earning and highest-rated Taskers in the Yard Work category – Max C., Sam R., Koko M., and Matt F. to get their top tips. Continue reading to discover their recommended tools, things to keep in mind, and how to earn positive Client reviews!
Best Tools for Yard Work:
- Hand clippers
- Hedge clippers
- Green waste paper bags
- Knee pads
- Face mask (to protect from dust and pollen)
- Sturdy gloves (2 pairs)
- Weed killer applicator
Tips for Snow Shoveling:
- Warm up. Before you head outside to tackle a Yard Work task, warm up for about 10 minutes to prepare your body for the vigorous activity ahead. This can include doing squats, walking, and/or stretching.
- Push snow, instead of lifting it. Pushing is easier than lifting, but if you must lift, keep these pointers in mind:
- Keep your feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees, keep your back straight, and lift with your legs.
- Don’t break off more than you can chew: shovel small amounts at a time.
- “Wax” your shovel blade. By greasing your shovel before heading outside, it will become slippery and thereby prevent snow from sticking to it. Although candle wax, floor wax, or car wax may be used, cooking spray works fine, too.
- Keep off the snow before you clear it. The more you walk or drive on the snow and pack it in, the harder it is to shovel.
- For tightly packed down snow, use a metal snow scraper. Loosen the packed-down snow with a scraper, and then shovel up the pieces.
Tips for General Yard Work:
- Stay hydrated. Whether you’re gardening in the sun or shoveling in the snow—staying hydrated is vital to taking care of yourself on task!
- Cut your grass to the right height. Many people cut their grass too short, which weakens it and allows more weeds to grow. Each type of grass has an ideal mowing height. For most cold-climate grasses it’s about 2.5 inches (6 cm) and for warm-climate about 1.5 to 2 inches (3-5 cm).
- Rake in rows, and with the wind. By splitting the area into rows, you’ll be able to rake more efficiently. Also make sure you’re not going against the wind, which can cause unnecessary doubling up on effort.
- Use a tarp. Whether weeding or raking, using a tarp means quick and easy cleanup—and you can reuse it for years.
- If it’s a weeding task, make sure to bring a couple small spade/hand shovels to help pull the weeds out and make sure to pull them out by the roots.
- For leaves, make sure to have a couple different rakes. Bring a large rake and a smaller one for tight areas. Some Clients will provide rakes but make sure that’s clear before accepting if you don’t have one.
Tips for Getting Started in Yard Work from Elite Taskers:
- Sometimes if you’re willing to pay for a tool upfront the Client responds by giving a big tip. But lots of Clients will have their own tools as well, so check with them when scoping the task.
- Be ready to work: Sometimes it can be grueling, so pop on some music or a podcast if the Client isn’t working with you to keep you going.
- For getting started in Yard Work—just jump right in. Maybe start at a lower rate until you feel more confident in what you are doing.