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Chuck Bolotin of Best Mexico Movers – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Garden in AjijicIn the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area, a gardener will generally charge about 60 pesos per hour.  At the current exchange rate, that is about USD $3 per hour.  If they have their own power tools (for example, a lawn mower or weed whacker), you would pay them more, and many times, you would pay for the job.  For example, we have a gardener who cuts the lawn and whacks elsewhere, using his own lawn mower and weed whacker.  It takes him about two and a half hours, and we pay him 200 pesos (about $10).
 
For long term arrangements, you should pay your gardener a Christmas bonus equal to one month salary if they worked the entire year for you.  For example, if you pay your gardener 60 pesos an hour and he works 6 hours a week, you would pay him 360 pesos per week, or 1,548 pesos a month (360 x 4.3 weeks per month; about $75), which would be his bonus.  If he worked for you only from October, yoyu would pay him one quarter that as his bonus.
 
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Francisco Araiza of interlago realestate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Minimalist front yard of an Interlago home, Lake Chapala, Mexico  – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe cost to get a gardener in Chapa and Ajijic depends on the size of your garden. For a house like ours, which is 380 square meters of construction (over 4,000 feet), we pay our gardener 150 pesos a week (US $8.20). 
 
During the rainy season, the gardener comes once a week and in the dry season or in the colder months, he comes every 15 days, which is more than enough. The gardener usually spends a couple of hours every time he comes over but that could also vary depending on how much work he needs to do.  
 
(Minimalist front yard of an Interlago home, Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured.) 
Chris Gruenwald of Biencom Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Entry garden, Lake Chapala, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingA gardener in Chapala and Ajijic will charge you around 350 pesos (US $19) per week, which would usually include three visits of 2 or 3 hours. They will mow the lawn, water, trim the bushes and the flowers, make sure everything is healthy, and they will take out the trash, too.
 
If you have a bigger house, they might charge more. Usually, the job is done by one guy and they will come for 3 hours, three times a week but of course, some think it is easier to work as a two-guy team or they might bring two of their sons along and instead of 3 hours, they will work for only 1 hour but they will be able to complete the same amount of work.
 
Gardeners usually have their own tools but for better efficiency, I usually recommend to homeowners to buy their own lawn mower or ladder and have them always on site. That way, if something needs to be done quickly, they are not waiting for the gardener to find his own tools to do the job. It’s a good idea to have your own tools if you are a homeowner but if you are renting, then you could just have your gardener bring his own tools.
 
(Entry garden, Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured.)
Percy Garcia – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Gardeners in Lake Chapala, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe cost to get a gardener in Chapala and Ajijic depends on the size of your garden. 
 
The range is between 600 to 1,000 pesos (US $32 to $53) per month. For 600 pesos a month, and if your house is about 200 square meters or less, they’re going to cut your grass, fix your flowers, etc. They usually come twice a month.
 
(Gardeners in Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured.)
Mirna Segura of Ajijic Rentals – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Garden in Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingGardeners in Chapala and Ajijic usually charge between 50 and 60 pesos an hour (US $3 to $3.50 an hour). Sometimes they will give you a rate per week because there are some gardeners who do not work on an hourly rate.
 
As an example, one of our owners has a yard that is about 1,000 square meters (about a quarter of an acre) with a lot of plants, for which we pay the gardener 1,000 pesos per week ($55 per week) to maintain the yard. He maintains everything. He prunes the trees and the plants so it is more than just cleaning. The owner used to pay only 600 pesos a week ($33 a week). This gardener comes and cleans the garden since there are times of the year when the garden easily gets messy because of the rains and the wind. The owner decided to pay 400 pesos more because he really wants the gardener to take care of all the plants and not just clean. The owner of the house buys all the materials like the fertilizers so the cost to buy those is not included in the amount that he pays the gardener.
 
(Garden in Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)
Rosa Elia Cepeda of Charter Club Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Private garden facing Lake Chapala, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe cost to get a gardener in Chapala and Ajijic depends on the size of your garden. We have a small garden so our gardener only takes a couple of hours to finish what he needs to do and we pay him 350 pesos (around US $19) a week.  We pay extra for pesticides and the fertilizers that he uses for the garden.
 
(Private garden facing Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured.)
Luzma Grande of Ajijic Concierge Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Garden and pool. Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe cost to get a gardener in Chapala and Ajijic depends on where you live and what you will have them do in your garden. In general, a gardener costs more or less 100 pesos (around US $5.50) per hour so if they stay at your house for 2 hours, you pay 200 pesos ($11). The gardener comes and works at your house for 100 pesos (around $5.50) per hour but they don’t come every day so it is actually inexpensive to get a gardener here.
 
The house where I used to live was 8 meters by 4 of grass, but I have some very nice flowers like bougainvillea that needed to be cut. It usually takes two hours for the gardeners to work and clean and take everything away. They bring their own tools and they are self-employed. You don’t pay social security for them but you pay severance if you don’t have them working for you anymore. I only have my gardener for every 2 weeks, so spending 200 pesos ($11) every 2 weeks is not expensive.
 
(Garden and pool. Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)
Spencer McMullen of Chapala Law – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Garden around Chapala, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are several ways to pay gardeners in the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area, depending on the size of the property and other factors.
 
For example, I have some clients who pay their gardeners 200 pesos (about US $12) a week for coming for one day a week for a couple of hours. Other people will pay them 600 pesos (around US $35) for the same work.
 
Many times, the term “gardener” is a catchall phrase for a guy that comes and helps you out with everything that’s in your yard, which might be repairing cement work, cleaning your swimming pool, cutting the grass, pulling the weeds, doing painting, etc., so a lot of the gardeners are multi-taskers.
 
Based on what they do, they can make 1,000 pesos (about US $59) a week. Other times, if you have a smaller yard, no pool, and it’s a condo, you may pay them anywhere from 30 to 70 pesos (about US $2 to $4) an hour with the average more towards 30 to 50 pesos (about US $2 to $3) an hour and they might just get paid for the time they work. 
 
I have double experience as far as maids, gardeners, hours and duties because I do a lot of labor liquidations when people sell houses so I have to ask how many hours the person worked, when did they start, what the person did, etc.  
 
(Garden in Chapala, Mexico, pictured.)

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