The 29-year-old was ordered by Macclesfield Magistrates' Court to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance.
"He was laughing and smiling," an onlooker told The Sun. "It looked like it was all a bit of a joke.
"He was there for two hours, though they didn't make him wear his high-vis jacket."
While Tevez was ordered to work at the Macclesfield Community Garden Centre on Tuesday, previously the Argentina international was asked to clear a storage container.