Garden Maintenance Scheme
What is the garden maintenance scheme?
The garden maintenance scheme is a grass cutting and hedge cutting service for elderly
and disabled members of the community who have no one to help with the garden. We
provide the service over the summer months.
How do I join the scheme?
Complete and return the following form depending on your local area:
To join the scheme you must either be a pensioner or disabled; and have no other
adult at home who can help with the garden. Once you have filled in your form send
it to your local area office. We will write to you shortly afterwards to tell you
if you can join the scheme.
How much does the service
All Council tenants who qualify for the scheme receive the service free.
For anyone else, the charge is £195.88 including VAT
The charge depends on when you pay for the service. If you make payment in early
April, the cost for 7 visits is £195.88. If you apply late,
there is a sliding scale, depending on when you join the scheme. The following costs
Non-Council Tenants will be issued an invoice for payment when the scheme starts.
What work will be done in my garden?
The gardener will cut the grass with a petrol lawnmower and tidy the edges of the
lawn with a petrol strimmer. The Gardener will not do any other work on the lawn
or flower beds.
How often will my garden be done?
The gardener will come and cut your grass every 3 - 4 weeks. The service starts
at the end of March and runs until the end of September so you will get 7 visits.
Please note that this is an approximate timescale and can change depending on weather,
equipment and squad sizes for the year.
Twice a year the gardener will cut your hedge. This is usually done in May and August.
The Gardener will only cut this year's growth but will collect all the clippings
and take them away.
What happens if I have missed the start of the scheme?
We will pass your name and address to the gardener who will usually put your name
on the list for the next round of visits. In some areas, if you apply late, the
gardener may not be able to fit you in.
If you have missed the start of the scheme your grass may be that bit longer when
it gets its first cut. It is difficult to get a perfect cut when the grass is longer,
but if you have problems after the second cut, please feel free to contact your
local area office.
The gardeners have teams covering the whole of South Ayrshire. Each team has hundreds
of gardens on its list. When you join the scheme your address is added to the list
and the gardener does your garden when next in your street or local area. So, depending
on when you join, you could wait up to three weeks for your first visit.
Who do I contact if I have a problem?
If you have any problems with the gardener or any questions about the service please
local area office.