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How to start a gardening business


A gardening business could be a great start up idea for anybody looking to run their own business outdoors. Do you love the outdoors, have a creative streak or more importantly enjoy actually gardening, then running your own gardening business could be the perfect start to being your own boss.

Being green however is no guarantee for success, as for any start up you will need a good business brain, determination to out and get new business and of course the long hours of hard work that will be required. As gardening is all year round, you will also so need to brave the bad weather during the winter months.

There are lots of skills that can contribute to running a successful gardening business. Of course a keen interest in gardening and knowledge around plants, seasons and tips of on how to manage a garden all year round. In addition, landscaping, creativity and even design can be great skills to have. More households and businesses now take great pride in having a nice garden. For commercial businesses, this is a sure way to drive customers to their business.

Types of Gardening Duties

  • Lawn mowing and Grass cutting. General lawn care and treatment if required.
  • Weeding of flowerbeds.
  • Bedding plants – planting and care of.
  • General weeding and pruning.
  • Removing of leaves from garden in winter.
  • Clearing of guttering from fallen leaves.
  • Path and driveway clearance.
  • Feed, weed and seed lawns.
  • Hedge Trimming, and small shrubs, bushes.

It can be useful if you also have a good head for DIY. For those starting a gardening business, private households is normally the best foot onto ladder which can then progress to commercial work and then council work.

Having a basic knowledge of horticulture can also be useful especially if you will be working with lawns and plants. There are also various courses where you can study landscaping, horticulture and even garden maintenance.

Our advice for anyone starting a gardening business is that you should have basic skills and be prepared to learn more about structure, design and the engineering of different landscapes.

If you are starting your own gardening business then you would need to set up as a sole trader. There are of course so many aspects to running and starting any new business. Like any new business venture, hard work, a knowledge for business and determination will be very important.


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