We’re all capable of getting our hands a little dirty by doing our own weeding and mulching. But sometimes time is more valuable than money. Whether you have other work to do or you just want to spend time relaxing with the family, it might be worth the cost to hire someone.
You can hire a professional landscaping company, or you can hire a local handyman who tackles odd jobs. Professional landscaping companies are generally more efficient and do better quality work, but they cost more. Believe it or not, there’s actually more to pulling weeds then you might think. Professionals, for instance, know how to remove them from the roots, which prevents you from having to call them back to the do the job again days later. They know how to lay mulch so that it properly covers the area and looks evenly distributed.
The cost of hiring someone to weed and mulch your flower beds depends, of course, on the size of the flower beds, the amount of weed growth and whom you hire. A professional landscaping company is likely to charge anywhere from $300 to $1,000 for a mid-size yard. Budget on the low end of that if you have just a few flower beds and need just a little mulching. If you have many flower beds and they all need significant mulch, budget on the higher end.
Handymen or independent landscapers typically charge by the hour for weeding and mulching. Rates vary based on your location and the person, but generally expect to pay about $30 to $50 an hour. Don’t be afraid to ask upfront for a general estimate of hours – you don’t want to be shocked when you get the bill. Just understand that an estimate is just that. No one can tell you exactly how long the job will take. One other tip: If you’re going this route, try to hire someone who has experience doing this kind of work. They’ll likely be more efficient.
Author: Ashley Smith