Get the Basics Right!
Your garden does not need to resemble a Chelsea Flower Show exhibit – the landlord will mostly want the grass kept down. This is relatively easy to attain as long as you cut the grass regularly (at least every two weeks). Your landlord should provide you with the necessary tools to maintain the garden, including a domestic-grade lawnmower. However, if you allow the grass to get too long, the domestic mower will struggle to do the job and it may break. Your landlord could then charge you for a replacement.
Get Rid of the Green Waste
It’s Free! Green waste is collected weekly and free of charge by Hillingdon Council – just empty the grass clippings and hedge trimmings into the canvas bags provided and leave them to the front of the property on collection days. Find out more here: https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/gardenwasterecycling
Keep it Clean!
Is your garden currently used as a dump for old takeaway boxes, beer cans and glass bottles? Bag it all up in a clear recycling bag (these are provided free by Hillingdon Council) and leave it outside the property on collection day. Find out more here: https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/recycling
Book Early to Avoid Disappointment (and Save Money!) If you decide to pay a gardener to maintain your garden, make sure you book early. We get booked up at least two weeks in advance during the summer, so now is the time to contact us if you want to guarantee a booking before the end of your tenancy. Every year, we get urgent calls from students who want their gardens done the next day, but by then we are usually too busy to do it. You may also be charged a premium for last-minute bookings.