What Is A Private Household Gardener?


Published on September 1, 2020

Are you a gardener, looking to work for a domestic or private household? Or perhaps you are in need of a gardener for your home. Either way, it is good to understand exactly what a gardener does when working for a private household. What you should think about, and what the salary might be!

So, what really is a private household gardener?

Tasks of A Private Household Gardener

Whether you have a small garden or large grounds. A private household gardener can be an extremely handy and helpful addition to any household.

A private household gardener is an extremely versatile professional, but in general, they will be skilled in and knowledgeable of the following. (Please note this can depend per person, as each gardener will have their own specialist knowledge, skills, and interests too!)

  • The overall upkeep of garden, flowers, plants, trees, and land.
  • This includes things such as mowing the grass.
  • Planting, watering, and feeding plants and flowers.
  • Planting and caring for a vegetable patch, growing herbs, fruit, and vegetables.
  • Keeping the garden neat and tidy. Clearing up any leaves and other clutter.
  • Operating, cleaning and maintaining gardening machinery such as land mowers, leafblowers, shears, shovels, etc.

Specialised Private Household Gardeners

More specialised gardeners might do some of the following too. Depending on the size of your garden and type, you might want to look at a more specialised gardener to fit the works required.

Landscaping and gardening design.

There are many amazing gardeners out there who have a keen eye, and excellent knowledge, of landscaping and gardening design. If you have just moved into a new home, or a looking to spruce up your outside space, having a gardener with these skills could be an excellent choice. They can advise you not only on types of plants, trees, and flowers. But also fully designing the whole area, including where to have a terrace or patio area, maybe adding a pond, or trees.

Tree surgery and Tree Care

If you have (lots of) trees in your garden, they will require specialist care. You need someone who knows what they are doing and has knowledge of different types of trees, how to potentially register, upkeep them, and keep them healthy. Trees can be dangerous if not cared for right as they might blow over or branches could break off and hurt someone! So having a gardener with specific knowledge of trees can be an excellent addition.

Pond & Swimming Pool Care

Firstly, ponds. You might have, or want, a lovely pond in your garden. It can be an amazing addition to any outside space. But it requires maintenance, cleaning, and upkeep! A skilled specialised gardener will know how to create a pond, where to put it best, and how to keep it up.

A swimming pool, however, requires a lot more specific knowledge and skills. It is rare, but possible, for a private household gardener to be able to look after and maintain a swimming pool. It really is an area of expertise so the gardener will have to come with the right qualifications and understands how to maintain and keep up a swimming pool!

How Can Polo & Tweed Help?

Are you looking for a (new) gardener for your private household? Or are you looking for a job as a private household gardener? Polo & Tweed can help! With clients and candidates all over the world, we match the best professionals in the industry with the most suited roles. 

Our expert recruitment consultants have years’ of experience in the private household industry and will be able to guide you through the whole process of either hiring a new gardener or finding a new job as one. Why not contact us now to get the process started!


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