Fundamentals: Yard & Garden Work Tasks

We couldn’t have said it better than Tasker Michael M.: “Every yard contains the ability to be beautiful. It just takes the right Tasker to bring each yard to its potential.” Green thumbs up to that! 💚👍

Yard/Garden Work & Removal is a popular task category both in the warmer months as Clients prepare to take advantage of summer, and in the winter months as Clients seek for their gardens to be leaf and snow-free. 

What does the category include? Check out a few of the most frequent search terms below.

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Yard & Garden Work Category Quick Pitch Tips

Your Quick Pitch should be specific about your skills in gardening and yard work but also represent your personality to the Client. See a few examples below for great Quick Pitches in the Yard/Garden Work category, and check out our blog article for even more inspiration :

I have 6 years of professional experience as a gardener. A passion for gardens and garden design from a very young age. I have my own petrol mowers, trimmers, hedge trimmer, and a chainsaw to tackle all of your garden needs. – London, UK Tasker

I’m handy with a shovel, gardening equipment, and clippers. I’m strong enough to handle heavy lifting, easy to communicate with, and I have experience “in the field.” Be sure to tell me if there’s any special equipment to bring. – Chicago Tasker

I’ve been doing construction, landscaping and labor for the past 16 years and I am no stranger to hard work! I take ownership and pride in everything I do. I grew up on a farm and have been doing yard work since I could pick up a rake or shovel.  – Phoenix Tasker

Suggested Tools for Yard & Garden Work

Taskers suggest these basic tools to prepare for every Yard Work task: :

Yard and Garden work by TaskRabbit Taskers can include planting flowers in flower beds and other decorative gardening.
  • Rake
  • Shovel
  • Broom
  • Spade
  • Kneeling mat/knee pads
  • Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Hand clippers
  • Hedge clippers
  • Green waste paper bags
  • Face mask (to protect from dust and pollen)
  • Weed killer applicator
  • Your smartphone to identify plants and weeds with which you may be unfamiliar!

Taskers differ in their opinions on whether to have your own lawn mower, chain saw, hedge trimmers, power washer, and other large equipment. Some Clients may have their own, so make sure to clarify while scoping the task. TaskRabbit now has a separate Power Washing category for any Taskers who specialize in that!You may be able to rent equipment from hardware stores or equipment rental businesses.

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Sample Scoping Questions to Ask in the Chat Thread

Here are some scoping questions sourced from top Yard & Garden Work Taskers that will help you prepare with ease.

  • Is the work that you need done in the front yard, backyard, both, or another location?
  • What is the size of the area (for the lawn to be mowed, weeds to be pulled, seeds to be planted, etc.)?
  • How short would you like the grass to be cut? Do you have a lawn mower, or should I bring one?
  • What tools/equipment do you have, and what might you need me to bring?
  • Do you need me to purchase anything (i.e. soil, fertilizer, mulch) for this task?
  • Will you be home during the task so you can specify how you want (the hedges trimmed, the flowers planted, etc.)? If not, can you provide a photo or an example?
  • Will you need me to haul away bags of debris, and will you be providing the garbage/compost bags if so?
  • If the task is in the later hours of the day/evening: Will the yard/garden be lit?

Top Tips for Acing Yard & Garden Work Tasks

  • Check in the night before the task. The night before my scheduled task, I check in with my Client to see what their current needs are; usually it’s to spread fresh mulch, add fertilizer, and apply an odor control spray (for those with big dogs). Michael M., SF Bay Area Tasker
  • Stay hydrated. Whether you’re gardening in the sun or mowing in the shade—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 of effort.
  • Use a tarp. Whether weeding or raking, using a tarp means quick and easy cleanup—and you can reuse it for years.

Favorite Yard Work Tasks

🌿 “Horticulture has always been a great interest of mine. It’s something that you never stop learning about. Knowing what each plant’s needs are helps ensure success. “- Justen T., SF Bay Area

🌺 “I love flower bed designs and grass cutting. They allow me to be free with my thoughts and enjoy my day with nature.” Ray J., Washington, DC

💚 “My longest standing Yard Work Client is a business. I work at 5 of their 10 commercial properties regularly, my favorite site being a cemetery. It’s an honor to care for the resting places of those who came before me. It’s a serene place to work, the history is interesting, and the work is fulfilling.” – Jeff W., Dallas/Ft. Worth

🖼 “My favorite Yard Work task was when I was hired to create a vision for a Client’s yard. I brought over a camp chair and table, some beverages, and my laptop, and plotted out their current yard setup using Google Draw. The Client was able to click and drag each object that I drew to move it where they wanted in the yard.” – Cyd M., Portland, OR

Despite having different specialties, these Taskers are all pros at Yard/Garden Work tasks. One pro tip they all agree on? Customer service and communication with your Client are key.

Michael M. gave us a great opening line and a great closing one too: “Get out in the sun and make some yards shine!”

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Thanks again to Ray J., Michael M., Harold M., Cyd M., Brad K., Justen T., Reza T., Jeff W. and many others for sharing your Yard/Garden Work experience with us. Have any Yard/Garden work experience or tips that you’d like to share? Comment below and let your fellow Taskers know!

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