The NDIS funds gardening services for participants whose disability prevents them from doing gardening on their own. For example, an individual with limited mobility may not be able to mow the lawn, trim hedges, water flowers, etc. If this person has an NDIS plan, he or she can hire a gardener to perform these tasks and the NDIS will pay for it.
Maintaining your lawn is an important aspect of owning a home, and not only for cosmetic reasons. Your town or neighborhood may have an ordinance against shabby-looking yards and homes, in which case not maintaining your property could result in fines.
There are other reasons as well. By regularly mowing the lawn, you are strengthening your grass and ensuring that it grows evenly. You are also preventing bugs, pests, and litter from building up in your yard.
In addition to mowing your lawn, a gardener will look for weeds and trim any that they find, or else eradicate them altogether. They will also maintain your bushes and hedges which can quickly grow out of control if they are neglected.
Planting services are also available for people who would like to grow trees, flowers, or vegetables on their property. The professional you hire will consult with you to find out exactly what you have in mind and then make sure that you get the most out of your soil.
Gardening services will only be covered by your NDIS plan if your disability makes it impossible for you to perform these tasks on your own. The NDIS will not fund specialist gardening services that nearly always require professional help, regardless of disability.
In order for the supports to be funded, it has to be shown that they are related directly to your disability and that cheaper alternatives are not available. Make sure you have an official service agreement—including an hourly rate—with your gardener before any work is done. Otherwise you may run into trouble with funding.