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?
- Cutting and feeding the grass
- Hedge trimming
- Plant pruning
- Leaf blowing and collecting
- 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:
- 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)
- 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.
|Location||Medium Sized Business||Larger Business (5+ employees)|
|London Area||£45 per hr||£50 per hr|
|South, SW and Midlands||£40 per hr||N/A|
|Outer Region and North||£N/A||£35 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.
Below are some examples of the prices you can expect to pay for landscape gardening jobs:
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