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Yard/Garden Work Fundamentals

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 on the TaskRabbit platform, particularly in the warmer months as Clients prepare to take advantage of summer days and nights in their outdoor space. Clients hire Taskers for weeding, lawn mowing, pruning, planting, mulching, power washing, and beyond. If working outdoors is your thing and you don’t currently have the Yard/Garden Work + Removal category on your profile, we encourage you to add it. If you already have the category on your profile, open up your Availability, and look out for invitations as they start to roll in.

New to the Yard/Garden Work category, or want a refresher in what these tasks involve? We’ve got you covered!

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Yard/Garden Work Category Quick Pitch Tips:

Across all of your categories, a stand-out Quick Pitch can seal the deal for a Client in selecting you to complete his/her task. It should be specific about your skills but also represent your personality to the Client. Check out our blog article for tips on writing Quick Pitches if you’re just getting started or want to give yours a refresh. See a few examples below for great Quick Pitches in the Yard/Garden Work category:

I have 6 years of professional experience as a gardener. A passion for gardens and garden design from a very young age. I have all of 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 Work Tasks:

The basics include:

  • Electric weed whacker with long extension cord
  • Pruning shears/clippers
  • Weeding/digging knife
  • Palm cutter (if relevant to your climate)
  • Hand saw
  • Rake
  • Shovel
  • Broom
  • “Hula” hoe
  • Spade
  • Kneeling mat
  • Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Your smart phone to identify plants and weeds with which you may be unfamiliar!

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Taskers differ in their opinions on whether to have your own lawn mower, chain saw, hedge trimmers, power washer, and other bulky items. Some Clients may have their own, and sometimes these are available for rent, so make sure to clarify while scoping the task. Thanks to Brad K., Cyd M., and Reza T. for their advice on Yard Work tools!

Sample Scoping Questions to Ask in the Chat Thread:

You may have seen our blog article on “Sample Scoping Questions to Ask Before Any Task.” If you missed it, check out the questions below. From what we’ve seen, Clients hiring for Yard/Garden tasks often provide details up front. But if you do have questions after reading a task description, here are some that will help you scope any Yard/Garden Work task so you can show up prepared to tackle it with ease.

  • Is the work that you need done in the front yard, back yard, 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?
  • What tools/appliances do you have, and what might you need me to bring?
  • 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 example?
  • How tall is the tree that you need trimmed?
  • Will I be working with any chemicals?
  • 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
  • Get feedback throughout the task. I check in with the Client once I’ve gotten started to get input on how it’s going. If the Client can’t be that present, I take before, during, and after photos. At the end, I ask the Client to point out anything they’d like me to do before I go. – Cyd M., Portland Tasker
  • Do your research. If you don’t know how to do a certain task, YouTube University is always a great start. – Ray J., Washington, DC Tasker

Favorite Aspects of Yard Work Tasks:

ashley-van-dyke-59332-unsplashPower washing is my favorite Yard Work task! It has the ability to transform porches, walkways, and pool areas. It makes such a difference. – Michael M., SF Bay Area Tasker

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 Tasker

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 Tasker

Memorable Clients & Projects:

When I mentioned to a Client that I was recently married, she insisted that I bring a bouquet of pea flowers from her garden to give to my wife. When I gave them to her, she was blown away by the fragrance. – Brad K., SF Bay Area Tasker

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Cyd’s mockup!

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 Tasker

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 Tasker

One time, I bumped into some mean bees. They stung me really bad. But I was able to shrug off the pain and keep on moving. – Harold M., Washington, DC Tasker

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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!”

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 fellow Taskers know!

 

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