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Are you too busy with work to find the time to manage your garden? Do you need to tidy up and prepare your garden for the winter, but feel overwhelmed by the enormity of it all – especially when you’d rather spend the time relaxing with your family? Or have you already decided you need a gardener, but just get fed up every time you arrange for someone to come and they never arrive on time, if at all!

Having worked in the region since the beginning of 2010, local gardener and handyman, Thomas Wilkins, knows only too well the problems faced by expats, trying to find a reliable gardener who not only understands what needs to be done, but who is prepared to take on some of the less glamorous gardening jobs such as plant removal and leaf clearance. As a former project manager and consultant within the construction industry, Tom is also aware of the importance of time management and completing projects on time.

Tom told knowitall.ch, “When I arrived in Switzerland I found that many expats were looking for a reliable and competent handyman or a knowledgeable gardening service. Most people wanted someone who would turn up when they said they would and do what had been discussed without communication problems or other proposals for work that they didn’t want. If a client wants more, then I am very happy to discuss how they may develop their garden to its full potential, and will provide a fair and competitive quote for the work that will meet with their expectations on quality and time delivery.”

Following his initial success at securing gardening work, Tom decided to embark on a distance learning course with the Royal Horticultural Society, and set up his own gardening and home maintenance business at the beginning of this year. Called Jura jardin, his new business offers a range of services including: lawn mowing; lawn feeding; lawn scarifying; edging; hedge trimming; pruning; plant removal; leaf clearance; planting; cultivating; log cutting and splitting.

His handyman services mainly consist of hanging mirrors and pictures; installing shelving; putting up shower screens; furniture assembly; installing light fittings; and installing curtain rails or blinds.

One recent client, Bob Pearson, told us about his experience with Jura jardin:

“My wife and I are both busy professionals and don't always get the opportunity to spend the time in the garden that we need to so we contacted Tom at the beginning of this year to help us out. Since contacting him, we have both been extremely impressed by his customer-focused service and the work that he’s done for us; we consider him utterly trustworthy and have no hesitation in allowing him access to the house when we’re not around.”


He added, “As regards his work in the garden, it is of the highest quality – Tom and I usually discuss what we think needs doing in advance but we let him make his own judgement when he’s at the house, and have been impressed with his work every time; the garden is always left clean and tidy after he’s been and we’ve always found that he’s done more than we actually expected. In short, I would recommend Tom to anyone interested in employing a hard-working and high quality tradesman to maintain their garden”.

To find out more about Jura jardin’s services, which extend between Lausanne and Geneva as well as neighboring France, just visit the website at www.jurajardin.com. Although Tom’s rates are already very reasonable and competitive, he plans to set up an incentive scheme with attractive discounts for repeat customers in the future.

tomwilkensThomas Wilkins
Jura jardin
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