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2 hours ago, bmh said:

you live in Chapala Haciendas?

 

Yes. I have asked three people about their gardeners.  I used one who worked for a neighbor.  He usually failed to show up.  I asked two other people, one of which said she was aware that she was really overpaying just because she liked them and the third was a similar story.  Based on the responses, it appears the cost of around 70 pesos per hour is more reasonable.  I also agree that it is best to pay by the job as you cannot always trust the amount of time they actually work.

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Yes it is if you have an idea of how much time it takes to do things, also I need them longer during the dry season because they have to make sure everything is water before he or they leave.. so  it is also why I rather I have one guy who stays twice as long as 2 guys because it gives him time to make sure everything is watered..

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On 8/2/2020 at 4:46 PM, Mostlylost said:

My gardener arrives with 2 helpers to do lawn & garden 1 day a week. He has the mower & edger and gas.  A second day he arrives with 1 helper and cleans the pool while the helper works in the garden.  $750 a month.  I always pay by the job, not the hour.  

Could you please provide his name and contact information?  Thanks!

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On 8/1/2020 at 7:46 PM, Kiko said:

One tip (unsolicited advice) avoid Mondays as a work day for a gardener.  Todos los lunes ni las gallinas ponen.   

If you don't get it:

a)  Forget google Translator,  so....

b)  Ask your Mexican neighbor.

Also, if a holiday falls on a Monday, which many have been moved for a 3 day weekend, your gardener or housekeeper gets triple time for working the holiday.

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On 8/2/2020 at 10:01 PM, bmh said:

Yes it is if you have an idea of how much time it takes to do things, also I need them longer during the dry season because they have to make sure everything is water before he or they leave.. so  it is also why I rather I have one guy who stays twice as long as 2 guys because it gives him time to make sure everything is watered..

I finally had to put a timer on my hose bib because my old gardener wasn't leaving the sprinkler in one spot long enough.  I even showed him how to figure 1" of water on the ground, with can food cans fanning out from the sprinkler and timing it.  I figured 45 - 60 minutes for a large area to get enough water.  He still wanted to move the sprinkler after 15 minutes.  Hence the timer.

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