A Look at Garden Maintenance Charges Prices and Costs

I don’t know about you but I just never seem to find the time to carry out garden maintenance tasks such as cutting, pruning, weeding and general tidying up.

I currently use the services of a local gardener who charges very reasonable fees, but how much is too much and what is the going rate?

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How much does it cost to have a gardener do regular maintenance work in the garden?

Garden maintenance By regular maintenance we’re referring to the following:

  • Cutting and feeding the grass
  • Hedge trimming
  • Plant pruning
  • Leaf blowing and collecting
  • Weeding
  • Watering
  • Patio, path and driveway cleaning

While larger jobs are often priced via a fixed written quote, most regular maintenance work is charged by the hour.

What’s Included/Excluded in the Maintenance Quotes

When we contacted the gardeners to quote for maintenance work, we asked lots of questions about what is included/excluded from their quotes.

While the response from every company was different, here are the notable inclusions/exclusions:

Typical gardening costs and pricesIncluded:

  • 2 x employees* per working on a per hour basis
  • All tools and equipment that is usually carried in the landscape gardeners van (hedge trimming, grass cutting, leaf blowing and general tools etc)
  • VAT


  • Most of the gardeners we contacted would only quote for a minimum of two hours work
  • Heavy machinery/equipment was excluded
  • Any charges for waste disposal
  • Materials such as patio slabs/fence panels

(*excludes quotes we received from “one-man type businesses”)

Variations in Price – An Explanation

We noticed a big difference in the costs charged by self-employed gardeners and those who were running a business that employed other people.

Obviously, there are additional costs that are involved with employing people, especially when expensive vans and equipment are involved.

Small “one man” type businesses can charge just enough to cover their wages and limited costs such as fuel.

We also saw a big difference in the prices from London based gardeners to those further up north or in the south-west. This is normal and something we have seen in almost all of the quotes we gathered from across all of the trades. Living in London is just more expensive than living up north, so the trades have to charge more, not just to cover business expenses but also to maintain the lifestyle in the pricey capital.

Garden Maintenance Costs

Below you’ll find the results of our research into garden maintenance prices, charges and costs in the United Kingdom. We’ve averaged the figures and displayed them in a table to reflect the different prices we were given from gardeners around the country.

LocationMedium Sized BusinessLarger Business (5+ employees)
London Area£45 per hr£50 per hr
South, SW and Midlands£42 per hrN/A
Outer Region and North£N/A£38 per hr


Got a Large Project? – It’s Best to Get a Fixed Quote

We also enquired about getting a price for larger jobs, nearly all of the landscape gardeners we contacted preferred to give us a fixed quote rather than “per hour” cost.

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8 Responses to “A Look at Garden Maintenance Charges Prices and Costs”

  1. jessie gardenerFebruary 19, 2016 at 9:17 am #

    I am a qualified gardener I work in the Norh Devon area. A lot of unqualified people have set up as gardeners and charge 15 pound’s per hour , I. charge Between 170, to 190 per day this is for garden tidy or pruning jobs, planting jobs, this for my rate eith a man working with me it is 100 pound a day extra, I have work as my customers like the quality for my work.

  2. Skoulin lunchOctober 12, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Rip of twat I charge 100 pound a day and I’m qualified up to the bollocks

    • Skoulin lunchOctober 12, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

      Well said skoulin regards Jacob crackers

    • JohnApril 17, 2017 at 10:41 pm #

      Your selling yourself short pal! Now who’s the twat! : D

  3. wickedwariorJuly 8, 2017 at 11:20 am #

    sorry mate but if u r that qualed why r u only charging 100 ? bit silly .

  4. Filippo Fior CaraffaAugust 24, 2017 at 12:19 am #

    I work in London, I am pretty qualified (horticulture + garden design + continuous self learning) and charge £20/h. The quote above refers to 2 people so in my case it would be £40/h! I should charge a bit more!

  5. LeoOctober 12, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    I charge 25ph in London, and I’m busy every day. If people are silly enough to work for peanuts then they must be monkeys. Time I’ve paid costs and tax 25ph is not a lot.

  6. T harrisJanuary 22, 2019 at 9:41 pm #

    I’m based in Oxford, we work as a team of 2 and charge £25ph per man hour, so £50ph for the two of us. We are very busy, our customers are happy to pay for a job to be well done by someone with experience. I would say that our customer base is more on the wealthy side and larger private propertys. Someone mentioned that they charge £100 a day and they are very well qualified. Personally your selling yourself short or just a weed hacker.

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